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May 11, 2013

Colts Notebook: Hamilton slowly rolling offense out

INDIANAPOLIS — One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the Indianapolis Colts’ 2013 season is the exact nature offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s new scheme.

As the “Andrew Luck Director of Offense” at Stanford last season, Hamilton oversaw a balanced attack that incorporated a power running game and multiple formations with an abundance of pre-snap motion.

Reunited with Luck in Indy, Hamilton said he’s still striving for balance. Though he doesn’t want to put a number or percentage on the running game’s impact in his scheme, Hamilton said he does believe it’s important to run the ball effectively to take some of the pressure off the passing game.

As for more wide-ranging offensive plans, Hamilton remained coy.

“We are going to do everything we can do to feature our playmakers,” he said in the locker room before Saturday’s rookie mini-camp practice. “It’s still early. The one thing I can tell you is Reggie Wayne is going to touch the football. Vick Ballard is going to touch the football. We will get our tight ends involved.

“We are going to allow Andrew Luck to really have a myriad of things at his disposal, but it’s early. Once we get to training camp and we get a chance to practice against a defense, we will have a better sense of what we are.”

If the early rookie camp practices are any indication, the Colts will retain Hamilton’s signature multiple formations. Not everything that’s run in the preseason will stick, of course, but Indianapolis isn’t ruling anything out for now.

The goal, no matter how the Colts line up, is to create conflict in opposing defenses and get the ball into the hands of its stars.

“We are going to have a lot of different ways to run a few basic concepts,” Hamilton said. “That’s a big part of it. We have to have the ability to create matchups, create the matchups that we want. We’ve got to be able to feature our playmakers.”

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