The deepest problems with the Cardinals last season were with the quarterback and the offensive line.
The first hires for new head coach Bruce Arians indicate the effort to try and get that fixed.
Arians’ top three assistants were officially announced Monday, with assistant head coach/offense Tom Moore, offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Moore tutored Peyton Manning for the first 13 years of his career in Indianapolis, while Goodwin’s background is on the offensive line. Add in Arians’ experience as quarterback coach and offensive coordinator, and the Cardinals seem to have positioned themselves well as they try to rehab the offense.
No other coaching moves have been announced yet. Those are expected to come over the next few days as paperwork and logistics continue to clear the way for Arians’ choices.
Bowles was the long-anticipated choice of Arians to replace the departed Ray Horton. He spent the 2012 season with the Eagles, starting as the secondary coach and then being promoted to defensive coordinator in October. He first met Arians in college, serving as a team captain for the Temple team Arians was coaching as a defensive back.
Bowles played eight years in the NFL for the Redskins and 49ers. His coaching résumé includes time with the Jets, Browns, Cowboys and Dolphins, and he was considered for the Cards’ defensive coordinator position in 2011 before the job went to Horton.
Goodwin was the offensive line coach of the Colts last season, where Arians worked as offensive coordinator. He had been an offensive assistant with the Steelers for the five years before that. Goodwin also spent three years coaching the line with the Bears and his brother, Jonathan, is the starting center for the 49ers.
But Goodwin’s arrival, along with Moore, will help the Cards. Arians has already said he will call the plays for the Cardinals. Moore, meanwhile, has coached in the NFL for 34 years and was long regarded as Manning’s mentor.
Moore left the Colts after the 2010 season, but after getting both knees replaced, was looking to get back into a regular coaching gig. He consulted with the Jets in 2011 and then spent the last five games of the 2012 season as an offensive consultant with the Tennessee Titans.
“I’d like to get a job as an offensive coordinator in the National Football League. I don’t know if that is going to transpire or if that is going to happen, but that’s what I want to do. I don’t want it to be a deep, dark secret,” Moore told The Tennesseean last week as he left the Titans.
“If it doesn’t, I certainly haven’t been cheated, but that is what I would like to do. Anyone that’s open, I’m interested.”
Moore is 74, but he said he didn’t feel that was an issue.
“I am still young by my standards, so I can do it. I’m a young 74,” he said. “You have to do something worthwhile in your life, and I feel I have some things to offer.
“I am not going to sit around in good health and good mind and vegetate and not be able to do something productive. Hopefully somebody will give me a shot.”