In preparation for writing this piece for Bleacher Report last week, I did a bit of research to find out what others had to say about Pep Hamilton and the new offense, most of which came back when he was originally hired. I also have interacted with fans on Twitter and in comment threads about the transition, and I’ve come up with a few misconceptions that I’d like to address.
The best way to sum up the themes that will likely be re-emphasized or introduced in Hamilton’s offense is through what is now the most famous play that will likely ever be associated with Andrew Luck: Spider 2 Y Banana.
Because of its appearance on ESPN, a lot of fans associate this with Luck, and Pep Hamilton. With the hiring of Hamilton, and the trading for FB Stanley Havili, I’ve read and received many tweets, emails, and comments about the possibility of the Colts using this play in their 2013 offense. Frankly, I have no idea if this play will be a big, small, or any part in the Colts’ offensive plans for 2013, but I do expect that the themes present in the play will have a much greater impact in Hamilton’s offense than they did in Arians.
To see those the themes best, we’ll be taking a look at some tape from Luck’s final NCAA game, the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.