ANDERSON — It's a far cry from the sweeping change of 2012, but there will be plenty of new faces in tow when the Indianapolis Colts arrive July 27 for their fourth straight summer of training camp at Anderson University.
The 90-man roster currently includes 36 players who were not part of last season's remarkable turnaround from 2-14 and the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft to 11-5 and an AFC wild card playoff slot.
And the coaching staff includes two new coordinators — Pep Hamilton on offense and Tom McMahon on special teams. All of which, the team says, is business as usual in professional football today.
"It's just the way it is," head coach Chuck Pagano said at the close of the Colts' three-day mini-camp two weeks ago. "There's going to be turnover. Some years you don't want to, you'd love continuity. But, like we said last year, when you do win and you have success and you put your ego aside, good things are going to happen. There's going to be enough credit to go around."
That credit helped former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians land a head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals. As Indianapolis' interim head coach while Pagano received treatment for leukemia, Arians led the team to nine wins in 12 tries.
Hamilton, fresh off a record-setting run at Stanford where his stars included quarterback Andrew Luck and tight end Coby Fleener, is expected to bring balance to the offensive attack. His system is steeped in West Coast principles and likely will allow Luck to improve his completion percentage and cut down on his turnovers.
And while the running game — which now features two-time Super Bowl champion Ahmad Bradshaw, a free-agent addition earlier this month — is expected to be a greater part of the game plan, Hamilton promises not to stray too far away from the big-play capabilities that helped Luck set a rookie record with 4,374 passing yards last year.