Hamilton returning is good for Colts

January, 17, 2014
Jan 17
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and the rest of the offense will have their playcaller back next season.

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton withdrew his name from the search for the Vanderbilt University head-coaching job, according to CBSSports.com.

Hamilton will likely be a head coach one day at the college or NFL level, but the fact that he’ll be back with the Colts next season is great for him and the team.

It’s not a good time for the Colts to have Hamilton bolt for a head-coaching job. They need to continue to develop the continuity together. Luck would have been on his third offensive coordinator if Hamilton got the Vanderbilt job.

The Colts will only be better on offense next season with Hamilton and the rest of the injured players, including receiver Reggie Wayne and tight Dwayne Allen, returning.

As was pointed out countless times throughout the season, Hamilton’s play calling deserved to be questioned at times. It also has to be noted that Hamilton basically had one hand tied behind his back because of the limited offensive weapons he had.

I don’t think Hamilton envisioned losing Wayne, Allen, Ahmad Bradshaw or Vick Ballard. Or that Trent Richardson would be ineffective.

Can you name an offensive coordinator who could have been successful right away when all those players got injured?

No offense to Jack Doyle, but Luck was throwing to the rarely used tight end on the first series of the AFC divisional playoffs.

It took some time, but Hamilton got better as the season progressed. He let Luck have some freedom in the offense by going with the no-huddle and shotgun toward the end of the season.

Hamilton will learn and grow from this season. He’ll be better next season and so will the offense.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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