The Indianapolis Colts have terminated Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton. Rob Chudzinski will assume Hamilton’s former duties and responsibilities.
“Through the first eight weeks of the season, we have felt our offense hasn’t performed at the consistent level that we need. Because of this we’ve decided to go in a different direction and relieve Pep Hamilton of his duties as offensive coordinator. As head coach of this team, it’s my responsibility to make sure I’m doing everything we can to put us in the best position to succeed. We thank Pep for his service to the team and wish him all the best.”
Hamilton joined the Colts in 2013 from Stanford University, where he served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks from 2011-12 and wide receivers coach in 2010. He holds 18 years of combined coaching experience in the NFL and collegiate ranks. Hamilton also spent time with the Chicago Bears (2007-09), San Francisco 49ers (2006) and the New York Jets (2003-05). He was also a pro personnel intern with the Baltimore Ravens in 2002 and a summer coaching intern with the Washington Redskins in 2001 and Kansas City Chiefs in 2000.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed guard Ben Heenan to the practice squad and released guard David Arkin from the practice squad.
Heenan, 6-4, 315 pounds, spent time with the Colts during the 2015 offseason and training camp after originally signing with the team on February 4, 2015. He was waived by the team during training camp on August 7. Heenan played the last three seasons (2012-14) with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) after being selected by the team with the first overall pick of the 2012 CFL Draft. He competed in 52 career games on the offensive line, starting 49 contests. In 2014, Heenan started all 21 games for the Roughriders for the first time in his career. In 2013, he started 16 games at right guard and right tackle and helped the Roughriders win their fourth Grey Cup in franchise history. As a rookie in 2012, Heenan saw action in a total of 15 games and started 12.
Collegiately, Heenan played four seasons (2008-2011) at the University of Saskatchewan at both guard and tackle and helped the Huskies to three Canada West regular season titles and four playoff appearances. Heenan was one of only three Canadian players selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game following his senior season. He was also named Second Team All-Canadian and was a Canada West All-Star in 2011. Heenan earned First Team All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star honors in 2010, while playing in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport East-West Bowl. In his first year with the Huskies in 2008, he started all nine games and was named Canada West Rookie of the Year.
Arkin, 6-5, 310 pounds, has had two stints on the Colts practice squad in 2015. He most recently was signed by the team on October 26. Arkin has played in one regular season game and three postseason contests with the Colts and Miami Dolphins. In 2014, Arkin spent the majority of the season on the Colts practice squad before being signed to the active roster and competing in all three of Indianapolis’ postseason games on special teams and in tackle-eligible situations.
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CHARLOTTE – For the first time under Chuck Pagano, the Colts have lost three consecutive games.
Carolina’s 29-26 overtime win over the Colts on Monday night gave the Panthers their NFL-best 11th straight regular season victory.
The Colts (3-5) will now return to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon for a 4:25 p.m. EST kickoff with the Denver Broncos (7-0).
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
ANOTHER SLUGGISH START – Before the ball had even crossed into Carolina’s side of the field Monday night, the Colts were down 10-0. Two early turnovers from the Indianapolis offense led to an early 10-0 deficit and left the visitors to once again play catch up. It marked the second straight week, the Colts were down two scores before recording a first down.
TURNOVERS TELL THE STORY – The Colts had four turnovers on Monday night leading to 19 of the Panthers’ 29 points. Three Andrew Luck interceptions proved to be very costly. After leading the Colts to a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback, Luck’s overtime interception put the Panthers immediately into field goal range.
DEFENSE LIMITS PANTHERS– For a second straight week, the Colts defense was left in some non-advantageous situations. The unit was able to come up with three turnovers against Carolina. Thanks to several stops down the stretch, the Colts were able to keep themselves with a sliver of hope.
ROBERT MATHIS CONTINUES TO APPLY PRESSURE – Monday was a two-sack night for the Colts all-time sack leader. Mathis once again was in the starting lineup and is giving the Colts the pass rushing presence they missed for all of last season. The Colts will need Mathis to continue to be at his best in the coming weeks with more elite quarterbacks on the schedule.
AFC SOUTH LEAD – At the midway point of the 2015 season, the Colts sit at 3-5. Indianapolis is tied with the Houston Texans atop the AFC South. Thanks to their 3-0 record in the division, the Colts currently hold the tiebreaker over Houston in the AFC South.
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