Sunday, January 20, 2013
Pep Hamilton paired with Luck again
By Kevin Gemmell
The Stanford Cardinal will have to find themselves a new Andrew Luck Director of Offense after Pep Hamilton, the former Andrew Luck Director of Offense, took the offensive coordinator job in Indianapolis to direct Andrew Luck on offense.
But it's not just Luck who Hamilton will reconnect with -- there's also tight end Coby Fleener and wide receiver Griff Whalen, who both enjoyed tremendous success under Hamilton at Stanford running the West Coast offense.
From the story:
"It will be a variation of it," Hamilton said when asked about bringing the West Coast offense to Indy. "Short passing game, high completion rate. But I enjoy watching our guys coming off the ball and trying to knock the opponent back. I'm a big believer in the power-running game, I believe that opens it up for your passing game. I want to be flexible schematically in that we find ways to get the ball into playmakers' hands."
This is no rebuilding project now.
In 2012, Luck set NFL rookie records for attempts and yards passing, fell just short of breaking the NFL's rookie marks for completions and TD passes, tied the league's single-season record for most winning drives in the fourth quarter (seven) and produced a league-high nine wins in one-possession games. Plus, the Colts had more combined yards rushing and receiving by rookies than any team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
This shouldn't come as a huge shock to Stanford. Hamilton has had his résumé in circulation since late last year when he was rumored for the Alabama offensive coordinator job. He also reportedly interviewed for the Oregon head-coaching job, the New York Jets offensive coordinator position and Virginia Tech's offensive coordinator job.
You have to think Stanford's Mike Bloomgren gets a good, hard look from head coach David Shaw. Bloomgren, who serves as Stanford's run-game coordinator and offensive line coach, is already a huge part of the week-to-week game planning.