|Hamilton will run a West Coast-style offense with Luck. (US Presswire)|
Under former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, now the head coach in Arizona, the Colts liked to throw the ball far down the field, and as the Indianapolis Star points out, Arians liked to talk about picking up chunks of offensive yards. Knowing that, it makes sense Luck's accuracy was somewhat subpar (54.1 percent, placing him behind Mark Sanchez and Arizona's John Skelton) but still managed to finish seventh in the league with 4,374 passing yards.
Instead, we can expect Hamilton to import the offense he ran at Stanford -- basically the West Coast offense, which spreads the field horizontally and focuses on shorter passes that pick up smaller chunks of yardage -- and tweak it for the Colts players.
“It'll be a variation of the West Coast [with] West Coast principles,” Hamilton said, via the newspaper. “The short, efficient passing game, a high completion rate.
“But I enjoy watching our guys just come off the ball, the guys up front, and trying to knock the opponent back. I'm a big believer of the power-running game and ... I think that ultimately opens up your passing game, the play-action passes.”
Hamilton said he kept in close contact with Luck after Luck left Stanford, and clearly the two are excited to be back together.
“I'm thrilled to be able to reunite with coach Pep here in Indianapolis,” Luck said in a statement. “He was a tremendous mentor of mine at Stanford and he is going to have our offense playing at a high, energetic level.”
Whether Hamilton can improve Arian's offense -- which wasn't exactly a slouch, finishing seventh in points scored and ninth in yards gained this past season -- remains to be seen. But if history is any indication, Hamilton and Luck together should be just fine.
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