[Kirby Lee- USA TODAY]
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.
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.