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Arians Letting Harold Goodwin Grow

Notes: Play-calling work for offensive coordinator; Fitzgerald loves idea of San Diego practice


Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin talks with rookie guard Cole Toner during Tuesday's OTA.

Harold Goodwin was in church with his wife one Sunday morning this spring when he received a text message from Bruce Arians.

"You got it all," it read.

"All" was the Cardinals' offense during offseason work.

"So far, I can tell you, this offseason he's done completely nothing," the offensive coordinator said.

But Goodwin – whom Arians would like to see get a head coaching job sooner rather than later – said Arians' lack-of-work has to do with helping his coaches. Tuesday, Arians was not with the team as they started the second week of organized team activities after his mother-in-law passed away. But Goodwin and the rest of the offensive staff had been doing most of the prep with OTA scripts and field work anyway, with Arians observing both fields.

"Don't get me wrong, he might say, 'I don't like that' or 'I don't want it done that way,' " Goodwin said. "But for the most part, he's taken a step back and letting me grow as a coach and I really appreciate it."

That includes calling plays, which has long been under Arians' purview. Once again, Goodwin is expected to call plays in two or three preseason games, although Goodwin said Arians will "definitely" call plays in the third preseason game to ready himself for the season.

It is calling plays in which Goodwin has the least experience.

"I feel good about calling plays," Goodwin said. "The thing is, B.A. doesn't feel good about me calling plays because he says I don't take enough shots (down the field)."


The Chargers confirmed this week the Cardinals will be practicing in San Diego during training camp leading into the preseason game between the teams Aug. 19 at Qualcomm Stadium.

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said details are still being worked out. Arians said last week on the "Bickley and Marotta Show" on Arizona Sports the hope is that the teams will have a joint practice Tuesday before the game at Qualcomm that is open to the public, and then a closed practice Wednesday at the Chargers facility.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he loved the idea of spending some training camp time away.

"The weather is real nice in San Diego, we get to compete against other guys," Fitzgerald said. "The energy when you compete against other guys, it's completely different. It's not a game, but the speed of it, the enthusiasm … it's higher."


Fitzgerald appeared at the end of Goodwin's press conference and told a reporter to ask about Goodwin getting a raise. Goodwin didn't deny it.

"I'll just say (team president) Michael Bidwill is good to all of us," Goodwin said.

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