One day after the firing of offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, coach Chuck Pagano acknowledged Wednesday that parting ways "was not a knee-jerk reaction," but a response to feeling that the team "needed a change," per Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star.
Pagano went out of his way to call Hamilton a "good football coach and a great man," but told reporters that he, Colts owner Jim Irsay and general manager Ryan Grigson were "all on the same page" regarding the dismissal. Seeing "the same thing over and over and over" from Indy's up-and-down attack helped reinforce that decision, said Pagano.
A former tight end, Chudzinski also loves to throw the ball after working alongside Norv Turner in San Diego and Cleveland. Their attack with the Browns in 2013 helped wideout Josh Gordon lead the league in receiving yards while also sending tight end Jordan Cameron to the Pro Bowl. Chudzinski also deserves credit for bringing current star Gary Barnidge to the Browns from Carolina, where the coach ran Cam Newton's Panthers offense for two seasons before taking the Cleveland gig.
Not an easy first test, but Chudzinski has a chance to play hero if he can get Luck and this Colts offense back on track. Luck currently leads the NFL in interceptions while sitting last in passer rating -- something nobody saw coming before the season.