TEMPE, Ariz. – As Harold Goodwin took a seat behind a microphone on Thursday in the Arizona Cardinals’ press-conference room -- the seat usually occupied by head coach Bruce Arians -- he was jokingly asked about getting the head-coaching job.
“Yeah I wish,” Goodwin said. “Maybe sometime in the next millennium somebody will give me an opportunity.”
He actually had to wait just a couple of days.
Goodwin is scheduled to interview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ vacant head-coach job, according to the Bucs’ website. The Bucs general manager is Jason Licht, the Cardinals’ former vice president of player personnel. Goodwin is available to interview because the Cardinals have a bye during the first weekend of the playoffs. They’ll host a divisional game on Jan. 16 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Cardinals’ offense led the league in total yards and yards per game, while setting franchise records for points scored, total touchdowns and passing touchdowns. Although Arians calls the offensive plays, Goodwin was responsible for the offensive line.
Under Goodwin’s tutelage, the Cardinals’ running game finished eighth in yards (1,917), sixth in touchdowns (16) and averaged 4.24 yards per carry -- compared to its 3.29 average last season.
Goodwin could be the next branch in Arians’ coaching tree.
Former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was hired to be the New York Jets’ head coach in January. Arians has often said that he felt there were three future head coaches on his current staff.
Apparently, the Bucs thinks Goodwin is one of them.