The Indianapolis Colts confirmed today the hiring of former Stanford University offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton to the same role with the Indianapolis Colts. Hamilton replace Bruce Arians who was named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday.
“Pep Hamilton is a sharp, detailed and innovative coach who is a rising star in this business,” said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. "Everything I have gathered about him besides his impressive football background is that he expects greatness from himself and those around him. His great success at Stanford and his familiarity with Andrew and Coby is obviously a major plus for us moving forward. That combined with his prior NFL experience makes this a very strong and positive acquisition for the Horseshoe. We couldn't be happier to have Pep part of the Colt's family."
Hamilton's previous NFL experience includes stints with the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49'ers and Kansas City Chiefs. He served as an offensive assistant coach with all three teams. Additionally, Hamilton interned in player personnel for the Chiefs, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens.
In his final season as the quarterbacks coach for the Bears, Hamilton guided Jay Cutler who set single-season franchise records for completions (336) and passing attempts (555). In 2008, Kyle Orton compiled the fifth-highest completion percentage in team history (58.5) while amassing the sixth most passing yards (2,972) ever for Chicago.
With the 49ers, Hamilton helped groom Alex Smith to become the first quarterback in team history to take every snap from center over an entire campaign (2006). He also worked closely with Jets quarterback Chad Pennington in 2004 as New York started 5-0 start prior to Pennington’s injury, which forced him to miss the next three games.
Hamilton came to Palo Alto in 2010 as wide receivers coach and served as offensive coordinator the past two seasons. That gives him intimate knowledge of two main cogs in the Colts' offense, Andrew Luck
and Coby Fleener. In Luck's senior season of 2011, the Cardinal scored a school record 561 points while averaging 43.2 points per game, which ranked seventh in the nation. The offense also set school single-season records for total offense (6,361) and finished eighth in the country in net yards per game (489.3).
This past season Hamilton and the Cardinal were the victors of the 99th Annual Rose Bowl as the team compiled a 12-2 record (8-1 Pac-12). Stanford averaged 27.9 points per game and 374.4 net yards per game. Hamilton tutored quarterback Kevin Hogan who completed 109-of-152 passes for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns after being inserted as the starter for the remaining five games of the season.
Head coach Chuck Pagano
, who bid close friend Arians goodbye on Thursday, was excited to add Hamilton to his staff.
“I am thrilled to have Pep as our new offensive coordinator,” said Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano
. “He’s had success everywhere he’s been and his familiarity with guys like Andrew and Coby will make him a great fit for our team. I can’t wait to start working with him as we get ready for next year.”
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