It is time for Pep Hamilton to start getting some consideration to become a head coach in the NFL. Hamilton started his coaching career at Howard University as the quarterbacks’ coach from 1997 to 1999. Also, in 1999, he became Howard’s offensive coordinator and coached there till 2001.
Pep Hamilton Coaching Experience
After Hamilton’s time at Howard, he joined the New York Jets coaching staff as the quality control coach in 2003. The next season he was promoted to offensive coordinator, where he helped lead the Jets to the playoffs calling plays under head coach Herm Edwards.
When Hamilton left the Jets, he spent time as the quarterback coach with the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears. In 2011 the former Howard offensive coordinator went back to coach in the college ranks, this time at Stanford. Hamilton was a receivers coach at Stanford in 2010. In 2011, Hamilton was elevated to quarterback coach and offensive coordinator. In that 2011 season at Stanford, Hamilton coached quarterback Andrew Luck; he passed for 3,517 passing yards and 37 touchdowns.
Pep Hamilton returned to the NFL in 2013-2015 with the Indianapolis Colts and was the offensive coordinator. Again teaming up with Luck, and in 2014, Luck led the NFL in passing touchdowns with 40 while passing for 4,761 yards.
Before becoming the general manager and head coach of the DC Defenders of the NFL, Hamilton spent time with the Cleveland Browns and with Michigan in college. The former Colts coach led the Defenders to a 3-2 record before the COVID-19 pandemic took over.
In April 2017, Hamilton joined the Los Angeles Chargers as their quarterbacks’ coach. Los Angeles had a rookie quarterback Justin Herbert that Hamilton did an outstanding job with. During a pandemic season, where it was no mini-camps and not many practices. Hamilton made sure Herbert was ready to play. Herbert started the season as the backup, but once he became the starter, Herbert thrived.
The former Oregon star threw for 4.336 yards and 31 touchdowns while throwing just ten interceptions. Hamilton was a big part of Herbert’s experience coaching quarterback in the NFL helped him prepare for what he may see on game days.
Hamilton has a lot of coaching experience and should be getting interviewed for some head coaching position. At the very least an offensive coordinator job. He has the ability to put together a game plan and he likes to pass to set up the run, which would be perfect in the NFL.