Why Michigan passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton should get a promotion
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If Michigan names an offensive coordinator, who is your choice?
Promote Pep Hamilton from passing game coordinator to offensive coordinator.
There’s no hesitation in that answer, either.
Hamilton has been lauded for his teaching skills, and he has the experience of working with several NFL quarterbacks and NFL offenses. In fact, the Indianapolis Colts were No. 3 in total yardage in 2014 with Hamilton at the helm of its offense.
Hamilton will have one of the nation’s top quarterbacks in Shea Patterson and up-and-coming receivers such as Tarik Black and Donovan Peoples-Jones at his disposal in 2018.
He also has the opportunity to ace the project that is improving Michigan’s passing game. It plummeted to an anemic output of 2,226 receiving yards and 9 receiving touchdowns in 2017.
Plus, Hamilton’s poise was prominently on display in the Amazon Prime series All or Nothing. Hamilton’s demeanor inspired more hope than much of what Michigan’s offense did in 2017.
Michigan needs to name an offensive coordinator sooner rather than later. It’s one thing to announce a starting quarterback right before the first snap of the season. It’s a completely different thing to announce an offensive coordinator right before the start of the season.
Jim Harbaugh said Sunday at a camp at Grand Valley State University that the Wolverines’ offense will be a continued collaborative effort. Harbaugh hasn’t ruled out naming an offensive coordinator for the fall, but as of now, we still don’t know who, exactly, is running the show.
Common sense tells you Harbaugh is calling the shots. Hamilton said the same at the end of Michigan’s spring practices, but Jim McElwain said in April that Hamilton is “kind of running” the offense and that he and the offensive assistants “are just here to help.”
It makes you wonder who, exactly, is in charge. Michigan can clear up that mystery by naming an offensive coordinator, rather than be “edgy” and not have one at all.
If someone has to take over the offense, it has to be Hamilton.
While Hamilton is known for his business-like approach to coaching, former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck told the Detroit Free Press in January 2017 that playing for Hamilton in Indianapolis was a positive experience.
“I learned a lot of football being around Pep and being around the guys in Indianapolis,” Hasselbeck said. “It was fun. That made it really, really fun to learn new ways to do things. Just creative, creative stuff.”
End the speculation. It’s time for Hamilton to lead and get creative with the Wolverines’ offense.
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