The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 26-10 on Sunday in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, advancing in the postseason to next Sunday's game at the Denver Broncos. Because of the team's win, however, it likely will mean that Colts' offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton won't interview with teams interested in him for their head coaching vacancy this week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hearing <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colts?src=hash">#Colts</a> OC Pep Hamilton won’t interview this week with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Raiders?src=hash">#Raiders</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bills?src=hash">#Bills</a>. Was a tight time window for it & logistically it won’t work</p>— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/552140732111544321">January 5, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Assistant coaches or coordinators from the four teams that won on Wild Card weekend are allowed to interview with teams interested in them for head coaching positions this week, but Rapoport is reporting that Pep Hamilton won't interview this week, and that doesn't really come as a surprise. The question then becomes whether the teams that have requested permission to interview Hamilton - the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders - will be willing to wait until the Colts' season is over to interview the offensive coordinator. According to Rapoport, at least for the time being the teams seem willing to:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It’s early, but at least right now, sounds like <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bills?src=hash">#Bills</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Raiders?src=hash">#Raiders</a> are willing to wait for Pep Hamilton. So talks should happen eventually</p>— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/552141070105333763">January 5, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Now, again, we don't know whether those two teams will be willing to wait for Pep Hamilton, but if they do it'd be a clear sign that they're very seriously interested in Hamilton for their head coaching positions. After the game that he called on Sunday, there's good reason for that, as Hamilton drew up a very good game plan for the Colts' offense and he called the plays very well, helping lead the Colts to a Wild Card victory. He has taken big strides as an offensive coordinator this year, and he has everything you'd want in your head coach. The question with him is not one of "if" he'll become a head coach but rather "when" he'll become a head coach.
Rapoport reported yesterday morning of Hamilton that, "He'll run the offense, call the plays & use the Bill Walsh model,"and also said that Hamilton will be "choosy" when it comes to other jobs because he realizes what he has in Andrew Luck and the Colts' offense. Take last year, for example, when he turned down Vanderbilt University when they were interested in the coordinator for their head coaching position. Hamilton won't leave for just any job, but an NFL head coaching position is something that Hamilton would love a shot at and that, eventually, he'll get. The question then becomes when it will happen. There's a real chance that could happen this year, though since the Colts won on Sunday it sounds like teams will have to wait at least another week for the chance to talk to him.