It didn’t take long after the Arizona Cardinals announced the hiring of OC Harold Goodwin for him to say what his priorities are for the offense. It’s no surprise that he will be working hard to improve the worst offensive line in football. As the season progressed both of the rookie tackles Bobby Massie and Nate Potter did get better, but Goodwin is sure to whip them into really good shape.
Goodwin is taking over for Mike Miller and I can tell you right now, he doesn’t have very big shoes to fill. Like former head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Bruce Arians will be calling the plays, which leaves a lot of time for Goodwin to focus on putting packages together and watching his players grow and develop.
Goodwin says he will also help with the quarterback situation by surrounding whoever is at the helm with a better run game and other talent. Right now, Kevin Kolb looks to be the starter at the position, but Arians and company are always searching for a better option or what’s behind door number two.
The new staff puts a heavy emphasis on teaching players and force feeding them knowledge that will only help them get better. The younger players will benefit from the this teaching philosophy first and then the veterans will benefit from the younger players getting better.
As for the offensive line, Arians says there is nowhere to go but up. He is definitely right about that, the Cardinals were terrible last year and for them to finish last again this year would show how unwilling players are to adapt to a new system. At that point, you couldn’t really blame the coaches and it would be time to totally rebuild a broken unit. For now, Goodwin believes there is a solid foundation and that is always a good start when building something special.
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