INDIANAPOLIS – A person familiar with the decision said Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton accepted the same position with the Colts, where he will be reunited with quarterback Andrew Luck.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Friday because the deal has not yet officially been announced by the Colts. Team owner Jim Irsay tweeted that the Colts’ offense could have some pep to it this fall.
Hamilton will see familiar faces in Luck, last year’s No. 1 overall pick out of Stanford, and tight end Coby Fleener.
Luck set NFL rookie records for attempts and yards passing and fell just short of the league’s rookie marks for completions and touchdown passes.
He 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.
Hamilton will replace Bruce Arians, who was hired this week as the new head coach for the Arizona Cardinals.
When Arians was introduced as head coach of the Cardinals in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday, he promised to build a team that’s smart, disciplined, fast and physical – accountable, no excuses.
The man who went 9-3 as interim coach in Indianapolis after Chuck Pagano left to be treated for leukemia choked up when he talked about his family, saying of his wife this is our 15th move.
And Arians moved quickly, saying he wants a staff assembled by Sunday.
He parted ways with popular Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who in a matter of hours was named to the same position in Cleveland.
Arians will call the offensive plays himself, although he will bring in someone with the title of offensive coordinator.
He said he proved to himself last year that he can be a successful head coach.
And it was fun, Arians said. I got a taste of the blood.
Arians wouldn’t confirm reports that Todd Bowles, still under contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, would be his defensive coordinator in Arizona, but he certainly spoke highly of him.
Obviously, he’s very dear to me, Arians said. He was one of my captains at Temple (where Arians was head coach for five years). He’s got a bunch of Super Bowl rings as a player and he’s a hell of a football coach. That’s all I can say.
Pagano said the Cardinals are getting a great coach but a better man.
Arians famously left the light on in Pagano’s office while the coach battled leukemia, and said he wept in his car when Pagano returned to work on Christmas Eve and, when he went home for the night, turned the light out.
What he did in my absence was truly remarkable. I am forever in debt to Bruce, Pagano said.
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.