Rather than again focusing on the run, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton will look to “score-first” in 2014.
Hamilton habitually relied on Trent Richardson and Donald Brown to carry the pigskin last year.
Unfortunately for Colts fans, Hamilton’s philosophy dimmed Andrew Luck’s brilliance and frequently caused Indianapolis to battle back from large deficits.
“We’re going to do whatever we need to do to score one more point than our opponent,” said Hamilton, 39, who was hired by Indianapolis in January 2013 and worked with Luck at Stanford.
The 24-year-old Luck, who spearheaded the second biggest comeback in postseason history versus Kansas City on January 4, is the premier quarterback prospect to enter the NFL in the past 30 years.
A classic pocket passer with a quick release, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Luck has tossed 46 scores, against 27 interceptions, for 8,196 yards in 32 professional starts.
Without a glaring weakness, Luck is an amazing athlete and true field general who is willing to step into a throw in the face of pressure.
Despite losing Reggie Wayne on October 20, being overly dependent on T.Y. Hilton, and lacking any presence in the backfield, the former Cardinal managed to direct the league’s 14th ranked attack.
Wayne is expected to completely heal from a torn ACL and Indianapolis acquired Hakeem Nicks in March.
Therefore, the Colts should be able to “score one more point than (their) opponent” by depending on Luck’s arm.
Indianapolis may not be a more talented overall squad than the Broncos, Patriots or Bengals this autumn.
Regardless, in today’s NFL with Andrew Luck under center, Pep Hamilton’s calls could determine if the Colts gallop to Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium.by