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New Colts OC eager to reunite with Luck

– Pep Hamilton already knows what he wants to do with the Colts’ offense.

He’ll build around Andrew Luck, take advantage of all that young talent in Indianapolis and do everything he can to keep Luck out of harm’s way. He can’t wait to get going.

Just minutes after the Colts made Hamilton’s hiring official Saturday afternoon, the former Stanford offensive coordinator got on a conference call with local reporters and started outlining the plans he has for a team that went from 2-14 to 11-5 in less than 12 months.

“It will be a variation of it,” Hamilton said when asked about bringing the West Coast offense to the Colts. “Short passing game, high completion rate. But I enjoy watching our guys coming off the ball and trying to knock the opponent back. I’m a big believer in the power-running game, I believe that opens it up for your passing game. I want to be flexible schematically in that we find ways to get the ball into playmakers’ hands.”

Luck, tight end Coby Fleener and receiver Griff Whalen were all Colts rookies last season after playing at Stanford, where Hamilton ran the offense each of the past two seasons.

“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.”

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