Are Pep Hamilton’s Struggles Just Growing Pains or Legitimate Shortcomings?

November 30, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Pep Hamilton's honeymoon with the Indianapolis Colts is over. 
The first-time NFL offensive coordinator was supposed to be a godsend for Andrew Luck in his second NFL season. 
After 11 games, the Indianapolis Colts sit comfortably atop the AFC South with a 7-4 record, but the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft hasn't taken the large stride many expected him to in his sophomore campaign. 
While leading Hamilton's attack at Stanford in 2011, Luck completed more than 71 percent of his passes at 9.4 yards per attempt with 37 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. 
Efficiency was the name of the game for the Cardinals, as was running. Lots of running. 
As a rookie in Bruce Arians' downfield pass-predicated offense, Luck wasn't efficient. He completed only 54.1 percent of his throws and was sacked 41 times. 
Head coach Chuck Pagano wanted more methodical, streamlined, high-percentage play from his young quarterback. There...

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