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It Looks Very Likely that Pep Hamilton will Return as Colts' Offensive Coordinator Next Season

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With only one head coach opening remaining (and everyone knowing who's getting that job, too), it seems very likely that Pep Hamilton will return for a third season as Colts' offensive coordinator.

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When the Indianapolis Colts hired Pep Hamilton as their offensive coordinator in 2013 to replace Bruce Arians, it soon became clear that it was a matter of when, not if, Hamilton would become an NFL head coach.  He reportedly withdrew his name from the Vanderbilt job last offseason to stay with the Colts, and many saw that as yet another sign that he wanted an NFL job.  And for much of the 2014-15 season, it had been figured that Hamilton would end up as a head coach somewhere at season's end.

But now, it looks like he'll be returning to the Colts as offensive coordinator for a third season.

There were seven head coach openings in the National Football League this year, and it was reported that both the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills requested to interview Hamilton - with the Raiders reportedly talking with him in Indianapolis.  Both jobs have since been filled by other candidates, however, and in fact only one job remains to be filled - one that has not been linked to Hamilton at all.

The Denver Broncos hired Gary Kubiak, the Chicago Bears hired John Fox, the San Francisco 49ers hired Jim Tomsula, the Oakland Raiders hired Jack Del Rio, the Buffalo Bills hired Rex Ryan, and the New York Jets hired Todd Bowles.  The Atlanta Falcons have not yet hired a head coach, but it's known that they will hired Seahawks' defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as their head coach once Seattle's season is over.  That would mean that six of the seven openings filled by defensive-minded coaches, and for the Colts, that would almost certainly mean that Pep Hamilton will return for a third season as offensive coordinator.

For the Colts, this is a good thing.  It means that Andrew Luck won't have to play under a third offensive coordinator in four years, and it hopefully means the Colts offense will continue to develop.  They certainly did in their second year under Hamilton in 2014, and Hamilton himself improved as a play caller and coach as well.  Of course, nothing is guaranteed, but it looks very likely that Pep Hamilton will return for a third season as Colts' offensive coordinator in 2015.