The Indianapolis Colts have fired offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton after three seasons, the team announced Tuesday.
“Through the first eight weeks of the season, we have felt our offense hasn’t performed at the consistent level that we need,” the team said in a statement. “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.”
Special assistant and associate head coach Rob Chudzinski will take over for Hamilton. He served as offensive coordinator with the Browns and Panthers, and was Cleveland’s head coach for the 2013–14 season.
The Colts have gone 3–5 to start the season, and rank No. 16 in the NFL with an average of 352.3 yards per game. They fell to the undefeated Panthers 29–26 in overtime on Monday.
- Kenny Ducey