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Indianapolis Colts hire Pep Hamilton to run offense

The Indianapolis Colts have hired Pep Hamilton to replace offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter first reported.

Arians was hired by the Arizona Cardinals to replace fired coach Ken Whisenhunt. Hamilton reportedly interviewed with the New York Jets on Tuesday. Owner Jim Irsay tweeted: "COLTS O. could have some pep to it this fall."

Hamilton was the Stanford offensive coordinator the last two seasons and coached Colts quarterback Andrew Luck as a senior. He spent time with the Baltimore Ravens, Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears before being hired to coach receivers at Stanford in 2010. He was promoted to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2011.

This is one of the best-case-scenarios for the Colts. You don't want your young phenom quarterback having to switch coordinators every year. Ask Sam Bradford about that.

Luck wanted Arians back, but Hamilton will be a familiar face. The relationship with Luck and his development had to be the No. 1 factor in the hiring process.

UPDATE: The Colts made it official on Saturday.

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