According to souces "with knowledge of the situation," Pep Hamilton has agreed to become the Indianapolis Colts' next offensive coordinator. Hamilton had been rumored to be interviewing for the University of Oregon head coaching position Friday as well, but is now expected to sign a contract with Indianapolis on Saturday.
Hamilton is currently the "Andrew Luck Director of Offense" at Stanford University, known as offensive coordinator to most fans. The position was renamed after Luck's senior season in 2011 when an anonymous donor requested a formal name change of the title. Speaking of Luck, the Colts' rookie quarterback is excited to reunite with his former coach, and while I had no qualms about Luck picking up a new playbook, the transition will be much easier with Hamilton than it would have been with another guy.
It really was the best hire the Colts could have made at this point, with most of the proven coordinator talent already taking jobs this offseason. Hamilton has NFL experience, interning with the Chiefs, Redskins, and Ravens in the early 2000s. Hamilton went on to coach as an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach for the Jets, Bears and 49ers before landing at Stanford in 2010. He's young, only 38, smart, and has links with two starters on offense.
The only thing missing with Hamilton is experience calling plays. David Shaw called most of the plays in Stanford, and Hamilton never called plays in the NFL. That being said, if the offensive design is good, and Luck develops as he should, there may be little use for a playcaller.
Most people seem to expect Hamilton to bring in an offense similar to the one Stanford ran with Luck in 2012, a West Coast passing offense with a heavy emphasis on the power run game. I'm not so sure.
The Stanford offense fit the players they had. Stanford didn't have a ton of weapons through the air, but had a big, tough offensive line that allowed them to pound the ball. The Colts don't have that luxury right now, and it would take quite a lot for them to get to that point. What they do have is young, fast receivers and capable tight ends, with a quarterback who is willing to sling the ball. I would think, and hope, that just because Hamilton inherited the players and scheme (from David Shaw) that he did at Stanford, that doesn't mean he'll try to force the same thing at Indy.
NOTE: Arizona, with new head coach Bruce Arians, is reportedly interested in Colts' offensive line coach Harold Goodwin to become AZ's new offensive coordinator. The Colts very well cood be looking for a new offensive line coach in the near future.