INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts inconsistencies on offense this season has led to the team parting ways with offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.
On Tuesday night, the team let go of Hamilton after two and a half seasons with the Colts.
"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," Chuck Pagano said in a team release.
"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."
After a strong 2014 campaign from the offense (top passing offense in the NFL and third overall), the unit was bolstered in the offseason with the additions of Frank Gore and receivers Andre Johnson and Phillip Dorsett.
The belief was the offense would continue to flourish and achieve the balance that has been so desired by this regime with Andrew Luck at quarterback.
The story in 2015 has been what no one has expected.
At the midway point of the season, the Colts offense finds itself 16th in yards per game and 20th in points per game.
Penalties and turnovers have marred the offense all season long.
The Colts rank 31st in the NFL with 19 giveaways this season.
Getting out of the blocks quicker has also been a problematic area for the unit in 2015.
Indianapolis has averaged eight points per game in first halves this season, the 30th lowest mark in the NFL. In the past two weeks, the Colts have amassed just one first-down in the opening quarter.
Hamilton had been the Colts offensive coordinator since 2013, after working with Andrew Luck at Stanford.