When the Arizona Cardinals hosted the New York Jets earlier this season, Cardinals' head coach Bruce Arians beamed with pride over the opportunity to face former Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, now the head coach in New York.
Arians and Bowles have a relationship that dates back over 30 years to the days when Arians coached Bowles at the college level at Temple, and most recently, the two worked together in the desert, as Bowles was the first defensive coordinator Arians hired as a head coach in the NFL.
The opportunity to build his own coaching tree is a point of pride for Arians, and he's inching closer to producing a second branch off of his tree to join Bowles.
Cardinals' offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin is expected to meet with the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, and Jacksonville Jaguars regarding their coaching vacancies this week, following a season in which the Cardinals' offense produced the ninth most yards per game in the NFL.
Goodwin was one of two head coaching candidates expected to meet with the Rams on Thursday, as Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay was also expected to interview with Los Angeles.
Goodwin was expected to meet with Jacksonville at some point this week, while his meeting with Buffalo may not take place until next week.
In all three situations, management will likely be eager to hear about Goodwin's experience developing quarterbacks, as the Rams, Bills and Jaguars all have young passers who need more seasoning on their rosters.
There are three other vacancies in the NFL right now, with the 49ers, Chargers and Broncos all seeking head coaches, but as of Friday morning, Goodwin had not been linked to any of those jobs.
Goodwin has spent four years as the offensive coordinator for the Cardinals under Arians, though he has not served as the team's primary play-caller. That duty falls upon Arians, while Goodwin is responsible for coaching the team's offensive line.
Goodwin did a commendable job with the Cardinals' offensive front this season, especially considering how injury-riddled the group became over the course of the season. Arizona was forced to start eight different combinations of offensive linemen this year, and started five different players at right guard. By the end of the season, four different linemen, Jared Veldheer, Evan Mathis, Ulrick John and Taylor Boggs had landed on injured reserve with various ailments.
Still, even with a makeshift offensive line protecting quarterback Carson Palmer, Arizona finished in the top-10 in the league in total yards and total points scored. In 2015, the Cardinals led the league in total yards and finished second in points scored.
After the conclusion of the regular season, Arians reportedly told media members he hoped all of his assistant coaches would return in 2017, but the Cardinals' head coach would also be excited to see another branch grow from his late-blooming coaching tree.null