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Luck's offensive coaches will likely return

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said last week that the Detroit Lions didn’t call to ask for permission to talk to quarterback coach Clyde Christensen about being their offensive coordinator position.

That won’t happen now because the Lions have hired Joe Lombardi, grandson of Vince Lombardi, to be their offensive coordinator, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Tuesday morning.

Barring the chance of another team trying to hire Christensen, the Colts will have their offensive coordinator, quarterback coach and quarterback back together for the second straight season.

That’s huge in the development of quarterback Andrew Luck.

Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton pulled his named out of the running for the Vanderbilt head coaching job last week.

The last thing the Colts wanted was the possibility of having a third offensive coordinator in as many years for Luck and also hiring a new quarterback coach.

Luck’s ability to lead the Colts to come-from-behind victories are nice and all, but the offense is still a work in progress. They were 15th in the league in yards a game and 14th in the league in scoring.

Part of it was because of the loss of five offensive starters and also due to Hamilton finding his way in his first season as an NFL offensive coordinator.

Hamilton will be better next season, as the Colts will continue to balance the running game with the passing game.