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MMQB: Pep Hamilton Ranked 6th In-line to Become NFL Head Coach


The Monday Morning Quarterback’s Robert Klemko compiled a ranked list of coaches, who have the best chance of becoming NFL head coaches soon, and the Indianapolis Colts very own offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton was ranked 6th overall:

"6) Pep Hamilton, Indianapolis, offensive coordinatorAge: 40College: HowardPro experience: 10 seasons, two as coordinator (Indianapolis 2013-present)Résumé: Hamilton, a former quarterback at Howard, was handed a gift with Andrew Luck and has done everything to maximize the once-in-a-decade talent. Indianapolis’ offense improved dramatically in his second season as coordinator, finishing sixth in points and third in yards (despite a pass-protection challenged offensive line). Concerns over Hamilton’s lack of experience, and whether he can replicate recent production with a QB other than Luck, could push Hamilton back into a three-year plan.M.O.: Appears reticent but is actually brimming with confidence. There were times last season when he schematically embarrassed opposing defensive coordinators with clever downfield route combinations, often involving the tight end."

Oct 9, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton during game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The list is made up of either coordinators at the NFL level or head coaches at the collegiate level and was created by talking to 24 “respected football minds” including agents, scouts, plugged-in reporters, and front office executives. Hamilton is in the 1st-tier, i.e. “On the Cusp” group, which includes the likes of Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase (1st), New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (2nd), UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. (4th), Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin (5th), and Stanford’s David Shaw (7th) among others.

Having coached Andrew Luck and one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses at a young coaching age of just 40 years old, Hamilton is clearly one of the rising stars of the coaching industry. While there was talk this offseason that the Colts could lose Hamilton to head coaching vacancies, having interviewed with teams like the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders, he’ll be the team’s offensive coordinator for at least one more season.

That should work out just fine for Hamilton, who figures to be the play-caller for one of the NFL’s most explosive and potent offenses next season and could very well set himself up nicely for a new NFL head coaching gig next season.

January 24, 2014; Ko

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