I 1st want to say congratulations to Bruce Arians on his opportunity to become the Cardinals new head coach. He did an outstanding job filling in for current coach and cancer survivor Chuck Pagano. He definitely earned it after a stellar job as the interim coach in place of "Pags" while he went through Chemo treatment for cancer. I wish coach Bruce the best with his new venture in AZ. He is gonna need it with what he has to work with at QB over there. He will however, be inheriting a team that has a top ten defense. Now that I got that out of the way, I am ecstatic over the Colts adding former Stanford OC Pep Hamilton. This reunion has so much upside I don't even know where to begin with going over the possibilities of what we can expect to see from the 2013 Colts offensively.
As good as Arians was with Luck this year, there were areas I felt the Luck led offense could have been a lot better in terms of consistency and red zone scoring. While at Stanford, Luck ran a more "west coast" style offense predicated on short to intermediate passing. Luck excels in putting the ball on the money in those scenarios as well as showcase his pin point accuracy and precision decision making. With all of the comparisons that were made between Luck and Manning, the QB I always felt he most resembled was Steve Young. For all of the talk about Montana when he was running the 49ers offense, Young added an element to it with his legs that made it a level higher than "smokin Joe." Even though Montana had more rings, Young was the better QB in that particular offense between the two. If Steve Young had the balance on both sides of the ball that Montana had, I think he would have had just as many rings if not more.
The reason the hiring of Hamilton is so exciting is due to the fact his offensive approach will allow Luck to operate the offense at level the way he did at Stanford even if the Colts are not able to fully address all of the teams' needs along the O line. With over 40 mill under the cap, the Colts are going to be very active in the free agent market and on draft day as well. I hope the team acquires a stud RB to compliment Luck and the aerial attack ala Edgerrin James esh as well as shore up the D line, particularly at DE. Freeney is as good as gone and Mathis is over the dreaded big 3-0. I think Freeney ends up with the Vikings to pair up with Jarred Allen to make one of the most fearsome lines in the NFC. All this adds up to anticipating an exciting offseason for an Indianapolis team that should enter the next season as one of the best in the AFC as well as the NFL overall.