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Report: Stanford's Pep Hamilton Leading Candidate To Replace Bruce Arians As Colts Offensive Coordinator

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The Stanford assistant is the leading candidate to continue Andrew Luck's development at the NFL level.

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Bruce Arians and his vertical, aggressive offense are gone. Who best to replace them than something that is a bit more familiar to one Mr. Andrew Luck:

We listed Hamilton as one of three viable candidates for the open offensive coordinator position with the Colts, along with WR coach Hue Jackson of the Bengals (who coached with Chuck Pagano in Baltimore for a time) and one-time Colts offensive coordinator and coaching legend Tom Moore. Moore spent last season as a consultant with the Titans, and prior to that worked with Andrew Luck as a special consultant-coach prior to the NFL Draft.

If Hamilton is hired, that means the Colts offense would shift to a more "West Coast-style" of play: Short passes; power runs with a fullback; Spider 3 Y Banana.

This would be good for Luck, but it would be even better for tight end Coby Fleener. Fleener's rookie season was a disappointment due, in part, to Arians not utilizing him enough in the offense. Dwayne Allen had a fantastic rookie season as a tight end, but he was better suited to play the Heath Miller role in Arians' scheme.