Friday, January 18, 2013
Hamilton would be best Colts can do
By Paul Kuharsky
The question has hovered since it became clear Bruce Arians would be a candidate for head-coaching openings. Whom could the Indianapolis Colts get to replace Arians as offensive coordinator and help Andrew Luck maintain his growth curve?
With Arians in place as the new coach of the Arizona Cardinals, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen provides the initial answer to the question with a report this morning that the Colts are chasing Pep Hamilton, Stanford’s offensive coordinator.
Andrew Luck and the Colts will have a smoother transition if they hire Pep Hamilton from Stanford.
Hamilton’s current post is endowed and technically titled the “Andrew Luck director of offense.” Could he be lured to direct the offense in Indianapolis?
It would be a hard offer to resist. Jump back to the NFL and work with a guy you know who is likely to be one of the league top quarterbacks for the next 12 or 15 years.
No matter how much Hamilton may love the campus life, the weather in Palo Alto and anything else about Stanford, professionally it’s a promotion. It would probably come with a significant raise too.
“We congratulate Bruce on this great opportunity with the Arizona Cardinals. The exceptional job he did this past season in keeping this team focused, combined with his long record of accomplishment, made him a very attractive candidate for a head-coaching position, and we congratulate the Cardinals on their good judgment in selecting him. BA did a remarkable job last season, filling in for his friend and head coach in a time of need. Without BA’s selflessness, leadership, football acumen and competitive spirit, we couldn’t have had the season we did. We surely will miss BA’s presence as a coach and a friend, but we’re delighted for him and we wish Bruce, Chris and their entire family nothing but the best as they embark on their new journey.”
Coach Chuck Pagano:
“We are excited for Bruce, Chris and his entire family. This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and I know he will do a great job. Arizona hired a great coach but a better man. What he did in my absence was truly remarkable. I am forever in debt to Bruce. He is and always will be a great friend, and I wish him nothing but the best as he begins this new chapter in his life.”