TEMPE, Ariz. -- One down, two to go for Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin.
With the Jacksonville Jaguars hiring Doug Marrone as their head coach on Monday, Goodwin has two opportunities left to become a head coach this year: the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills. He interviewed with both teams last week, and both are still searching for their next head man.
If Goodwin leaves, the Cardinals have a range of options to replace him in-house. And, obviously, they could go outside the current coaching staff to find their next offensive coordinator. The day after the Cardinals' season ended, coach Bruce Arians was reluctant to name a successor.
"We'll wait and see," Arians said.
With one job taken, Arians might have to make a decision sooner than later -- or he might not have to look for Goodwin’s replacement at all.
If Arians does have to hire Goodwin's successor, here is a look at the potential in-house candidates:
Tom Moore: Currently the Cardinals' assistant head coach/offense, Moore would be the most qualified coach on staff to assume to offensive coordinator's role. He was the Indianapolis Colts' offensive coordinator from 1998 to 2008, orchestrating their offense, which was run by quarterback Peyton Manning.
Freddie Kitchens: There have been other coaches on staff who have either coached with Arians longer than Kitchens or have played for him, but none are on the offensive side of the ball. When Kitchens was a senior quarterback at Alabama, Arians was his offensive coordinator, so Kitchens knows what's going on inside Arians' head and what he demands out of an offense. As the Cardinals' quarterbacks coach, Kitchens has had to help guide Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton through a complex and nuanced offensive playbook.
Stump Mitchell: The running backs coach might have an inside track to replacing Goodwin, should he leave, because of his experience with the ground game. Of the possible offensive coordinators mentioned on this list, Mitchell is the only one who focused solely on the ground game -- which was Goodwin's specialty as he doubled as the offensive line coach. Offsetting Arians' passing mentality could be crucial to balance on the Cardinals coaching staff. Mitchell also has head coaching experience from his three seasons leading Southern University from 2010-12.
Darryl Drake: While he's also a passing mind, Drake has coached Larry Fitzgerald to a career resurgence while helping John Brown and J.J. Nelson adapt and contribute to Arians' complex scheme. He has experience overseeing units at the college level, having been Texas' associate head coach from 1998-2003.
Kevin Garver: The assistant wide receivers coach is the youngest coach on staff at 29, which could work for and against him. He's young and energetic and all his NFL experience has come under Arians. And since Arians' offensive coordinator doesn't call plays in the regular season, Garver could learn the role under Arians and be one of the top coaching prospects in the NFL before he hits 35. Garver understands the Cardinals' passing game as well as anyone on staff, having coached Fitzgerald, Brown and Nelson since arriving in 2013.