While the Colts are preparing to take on the Cincinnati Bengals tomorrow in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, there are a number of teams around the NFL looking to replace their head coach in an effort to reach the playoffs and then, the Super Bowl. One of those teams is the Buffalo Bills, and according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bills have requested an interview with Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bills requested permission to interview Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, per team source.</p>— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/551416457436073985">January 3, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The Bills are the second team to request an interview with Hamilton, joining the Oakland Raiders. Of course, the question becomes whether the Colts will let him interview if they win on Sunday. If they win and are still alive in the playoffs, they don't have to let him interview and the Colts could make teams wait until after Indy's playoff run is over. It remains to be seen whether, if the Colts win, Hamilton will be able to interview with interested teams next week. Since the Colts didn't get a bye and are still playing, there's a real chance that the Colts could make Hamilton wait until their playoff run is over.
Hamilton just finished his second regular season as Colts offensive coordinator and he led a unit that finished third in the league in yards per game and sixth in the league in points per game. Quarterback Andrew Luck had a career year, breaking the franchise record with 4,761 passing yards and leading the entire NFL with 40 touchdown passes. He previously worked with Luck at Stanford as wide receivers coach and then offensive coordinator from 2010-2012. Last offseason he was being seriously considered for the Vanderbilt University head coaching job, but he turned them down to remain with the Colts and, as many assumed, to continue seeking an NFL head coaching job. The Bills are in need of a head coach after former coach Doug Marrone opted out of his contract on Wednesday. It seems the Bills are also interested in Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich and former NFL head coach Mike Shanahan, among others.