Harold Goodwin enters his fourth season with the Cardinals as offensive coordinator after he joined the team on 1/21/13. He came to the Cardinals in 2013 after working one season as the offensive line coach with the Indianapolis Colts (2012) and five seasons (2007-11) as an offensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Cardinals offense has come full circle in Goodwin’s three seasons as coordinator. The NFL’s 32nd ranked unit the year prior to his arrival (2012), the Cardinals finished the 2015 season with the league’s top-ranked offense for the first time in franchise history. Arizona also established single-season records for points (489), TDs (59), TD passes (35), total net yards (6,533), first downs (373) and first downs passing (237) last season. QB Carson Palmer set franchise records with 4,671 passing yards, 35 TD passes and a 104.6 QB rating and was named to the Pro Bowl. WR Larry Fitzgerald had a team record 109 receptions and was selected to his ninth Pro Bowl while RB David Johnson set a Cardinals rookie record with 13 TDs while totaling 1,636 all-purpose yards. The offensive line only gave up 27 sacks on 562 pass attempts in 2015, the fourth-fewest in the NFL.
In 2014, Palmer became the first Cardinals QB in 40 years to win each of his first six starts in a season before suffering a knee injury. Arizona went on to win 11 games for the first time since 1975 despite four different quarterbacks seeing action under center.
In his first season in Arizona in 2013, Goodwin helped lead a Cardinals offense that ranked 12th in the NFL, totaled 379 points (tied for 6th in franchise history) and collected 5,542 net yards of offense (6th in team history). Palmer threw for a then career-high 4,274 yards, rookie RB Andre Ellington totaled 1,023 scrimmage yards (552 rushing, 371 receiving) and Fitzgerald earned his eighth career Pro Bowl selection after having a team-high 10 touchdowns.
As offensive line coach with the Colts in 2012, Goodwin helped an Indy offense that finished 10th in the NFL (362.4 ypg) and featured rookies that combined for 3,108 yards rushing and receiving, the most of any team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger according to STATS, LLC. Rookie QB Andrew Luck threw for the most passing yards (4,374) by a rookie in NFL history and had an NFL rookie record six 300-yard passing games. He also led the Colts on seven game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or OT, the most by a rookie QB since the 1970 merger. Indy’s nine-win improvement from 2011 (2-14 to 11-5) matched the third-largest single-season turnaround in NFL history.
With the Steelers as an offensive assistant, Goodwin worked with the offensive line, which consistently produced one of the NFL’s top rushing attacks. During his tenure in Pittsburgh, the Steelers averaged 118.5 rushing yards per game. He helped the Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII and advance to Super Bowl XLV. In 2010, Goodwin assisted in the development of rookie center Maurkice Pouncey, who started all 16 regular season games, earned a trip to the Pro Bowl and was named to The Sporting News and PFW/PFWA All-Rookie teams. Pouncey was the first Steelers rookie to start his first NFL game since Marvel Smith in 2000. Pouncey earned Pro Bowl selections in both of his seasons working with Goodwin.
Goodwin got his start in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, spending three seasons as assistant offensive line coach (2004-2006). During that span the Bears ranked 10th in the NFL averaging 117.5 rushing yards per game. While coaching the Bears, he faced off against his brother, Jonathan, in the 2006 NFC Championship Game against the Saints.
Prior to joining the Bears, Goodwin was the offensive line coach at Central Michigan from 2000-2003, where he worked with future pros Eric Ghiaciuc and Adam Kieft. Goodwin also served as assistant head coach in 2003.
He began his coaching career at Eastern Michigan in 1998 working with tight ends and offensive tackles before coaching the offensive line in 1999. A native of Columbia, SC, Goodwin was a guard at Michigan (1992-1994) and played two seasons (1993-94) before a knee injury ended his career.
Following his playing days, Goodwin stayed in Ann Arbor and spent the next two years (1995-96) as a student assistant before serving as a graduate assistant with the Wolverines in 1997 when Michigan won the national title. During that time, he worked with an offensive line which featured future seven-time Pro Bowler Steve Hutchinson, along with 2001 first round pick Jeff Backus and 1999 second-round selection Jon Jansen.
Goodwin’s brother, Jonathan, is a former center in the NFL who played with the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and the New Orleans Saints where he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2010. Harold graduated from Michigan in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management/Communications. He and his wife, Monica, have three children, daughters Kylee and Miya, and a son, Bryson.