When Pep Hamilton was originally hired back in January, the initial reaction was incredibly positive. With Hamilton's familiarity with Andrew Luck, and vice versa, there seems to be a base for a successful marriage.
There were a few things that were concerning about Hamilton's initial hiring, namely the hints and brief mentions of possibly running Andrew Luck in read-option or pistol sets. Hamilton would briefly mention these things several times in the aftermath of his hiring, causing more than a few eyebrows to raise.
The idea of running your star quarterback into potentially hazardous situations is one that many fans, bloggers, analysts, etc. find questionable, and were cautious about. But, while disliking the idea, most also took his comments to be just that: comments. As I said back in February:
"Until any of this coachspeack turns into actions, it's not all that concerning."
Any consternation faded away as the offseason continued, especially after Chuck Pagano's comments in March.
Chuck Pagano on if Andrew Luck ran read-option: "..phone would probably ring on the sideline...telling me what time my flight was leaving."— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) March 19, 2013
Then, Monday afternoon, Brad Wells at Stampede Blue wrote up a piece I ran across via Paul Kuharsky's RTC links. In the piece, Wells reported that Hamilton had brought up the pistol/read-option possibility again during last weekend's mini-camp, directly contradicting Pagano's comments in March:
There's nothing we can't do. We can incorporate some pistol concepts, which is kind of a trend, an 'en vogue' thing in the league right now. Everybody's talking about the QB option, the QB read game, the QB pistol, the pistol components that we can run. But, we'll be smart. We'll be judicious in how much we expose Andrew to taking additional hits.
Wells decried the inconsistencies between the Colts' staff, and not without reason. While I'm not the biggest fan of Wells' "style," the variety of rhetoric coming out of the Colts' camp would be worth noting.
That is of course, if Hamilton had actually said what was reported.
The quotes that Wells refers to come from a video embedded in an article on Colts.com. That article was written last Saturday, but the video was NOT from mini camp.
The video, part of the Colts' Up Close Online video series, was originally posted on Colts.com on February 19, nearly three months ago.
So, any consternation about Hamilton and Pagano's disconnect is completely unnecessary, as it doesn't exist, at least, not in the way Wells reported it.
Now, let's say that Hamilton actually had said what Wells' claimed. If it was true, the discussion would be a worthy one, although maybe not the concern that Wells and some fans may think is warranted. The fact is that any comments about the Colts' offense at this point are just that: comments.
Until we see Andrew Luck in harm's way, don't expect it to happen. Jim Irsay knows the dangers. Chuck Pagano knows the dangers.
Will the Colts use some pistol, some read-option? Will they utilize Luck's mobility? Possibly. Personally, I'd love to see more designed roll-outs.
But until it happens, getting all riled up about comments in mini-camp isn't doing anybody any good. We'll likely still report on quotes, especially if we think they're concerning. But they'll be mild concerns at most.
Words during the offseason are just that: words. Until they turn to action, they're not worth angst.
I saw Luck say goodbye to Pep, who made a pretend pistol gesture with his hand and said "catch you later". There it is! The proof!
We'll just have to wait and see. I gotta believe after seeing Luck pummeled last year, Pagano is going to do something to protect him. Now, will Luck stay put and drop to the ground rather than take a hard hit? That, I'm not sure of.
I have a few things I'd like to note:
1) Brad Wells is a hack and can suck it
2) Whomever enabled autoplay for ads on your website should be punched in the nuts repeatedly. I don't think it was the CA crew, but that shit needs to stop.
designed rollouts... now that's what I'm talking about! Kind of like Houston's offense, no? It almost seemed like Luck threw better on the run, than from the pocket...
Although anyone who takes the time to read my comments may disagree, to keep my sanity, I stopped reading the "esteemed" Mr. Wells last year. (And by golly, most of the voices in my head have gone away.)
Still, I do find it amusing that people are concerned about putting Luck in harm's way. I mean what could be more dangerous than Arians' vastly "diversified" playcalling of "everybody go long" behind the Colts offensive line last year?
Wells is in 9th grade, right? Give the little kid a break, he's doing the best he can. You can't expect a 12 year old with limited comprehension skills to be taken seriously.
Well said Kyle, as always. Pistol concepts mean nothing when it comes to whether or not the QB is running the option. It's just a formation. It doesn't necessarily expose your QB to danger nor necessarily mean anything about a requirement for a running QB.
Wells' style is called lying. He has proven this repeatedly. From lying about what a certain punter said to this misrepresentation. He never admits he was wrong has declared he does not aspire to any journalistic integrity and defends his lies by saying it is his blog to talk about anything on his mind, even if it exists ONLY in his own mind. He is unapologetic.I join our punter in urging Colts fans not to support his site with their clicks and eyeballs.
Brad Wells twisting words, using old quotes out of context, SENSATIONALIZING trivial things?? Color me SHOCKED!!
I think people are too hung up on the pistol formation being used exclusively as a running formation for the QB. I'd very concerned if the Colts intend on running the read option but I have no problem with incorporating more pistol formations. It simply another formation to throw from and could be a good formation for the RB to run out of.
I do not want the offense to have many (if any) designed QB runs but at the same time it would be foolish not to take advantage of Luck's athleticism, if certain plays/formation can make it easier for Luck to scramble and pick up yards I don't see the harm in it.
Not even in the quote itself ("There's nothing we can't do. We can incorporate some pistol concepts") does Hamilton say they WILL (or will not) do anything!
@Payton Wasn't us. Bloguin handles the ads. I technically don't advise you all to install adblock and block all the ads on our site... but yeah.
@naptown_ninja Luck was very impressive throwing on the run. I'd love to see him have designed rollouts where if he has wide open space he can run, but throwing is the first option.
@DougEngland To be fair, running into a defense where defenders get a running start to blast the QB is much different than getting hit in the pocket.
@squirrel You've gotta find some way to drive pageviews in the dead of the offseason.
Hear hear. A pistol would actually be great, because the qb can play action and read the defense st the same time.
@etid5353 It's coming totally out of the blue.
@LovinBlue I love how Brad Wells didn't talk about the rest of the statement, "There's nothing we cant do.... we can incorporate Ricky Jean-Francois at guard, have Reggie Wayne play with his 'Wayne Construction' helmet, run the Flying-V from the Mighty Ducks movies, release Peyton Effing Manning, run bubble screens with Wesely Saunders, run home-run throwback on every kick return"
/yes, I'm still bitter about #18
/that last one might be interesting.
@LovinBlue "There's nothing we can't do."
SEE?! That's an admission that they plan to run Luck out straight into the teeth of the opposing defense in naught but his tighty whities and a neck beard!
The great part is that he can throw accurately on the run from either side of the field, unlike a Plummer our Schaub, so rollouts are way harder to defend because they can go to either side of the field.
I do think rollouts are a good idea, but I'm usually against cutting out part of the field on a rollout, but if they can run them close to as effectively as Houston did I'm all for it. I don't know if they have the o-line for it, though.
@peytonsurdaddy @gizzardfanny @etid5353 Going well. Been caught with moving, new job and the cycling season. Luckily it's offseason, so mostly the only things I'm missing are hype, overblown angst, unbased rumors and speculation. And my football friends of course :-) But I plan to return strongly when the season gets closer.