Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton found himself on the hot seat in just his first season in the league, as the offense underperformed due to his flawed approach. Although Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen were injured, the Colts passing attack was much better than the running game, as both Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard also suffered season-ending injuries. Donald Brown put together a very nice season, but Trent Richardson’s first year with the Colts clearly didn’t go as smoothly as expected. The Colts were much more effective at throwing the football, and yet Hamilton decided that the Colts were better off using the ground-and-pound strategy that he liked to employ at Stanford.
According to ESPN NFL Nation’s Mike Wells, Hamilton has evidently realized the error of his ways and essentially stated that the Colts are going to throw the ball more often next season. Even though he didn’t come right out and say, “We will throw the ball more often”, the implied message is pretty clear.
Hamilton stated, “We’re going to be a score-first team. We’re going to do whatever we need to do to score one more point than our opponent.”
“Score-first” essentially means, “We’re going to play to our offense’s strength”, and that’s the passing attack at this point. Richardson will be better next season and Ballard and Bradshaw are on the mend, though Bradshaw is an injury just waiting to happen at this stage of his career. Moreover, the Colts can’t bank on T-Rich breaking out in his third season, even if there’s plenty of reason for cautious optimism. Hamilton and the Colts have a dynamic passing attack on their hands, and it would be beyond foolish not to ride the excellent arm of Andrew Luck and the ability of pass-catchers like T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks, rookie Donte Moncrief, Coby Fleener, Wayne, and Allen.
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