Harold Goodwin interviewed to be the Bills' head coach on Saturday, the third official interview conducted by the team following Sean McDermott on Wednesday and Anthony Lynn on Thursday. Here are some things to know about Goodwin.
Current position: Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator.
Born: Columbia, S.C..
Playing career: Played two collegiate seasons at Michigan as a guard before a knee injury ended his career.
Experience: Goodwin has 12 seasons of NFL coaching experience, beginning as an offensive line assistant with the Chicago Bears in 2004. He held that role for three seasons before becoming an offensive line quality control coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007-11. Goodwin spent the 2012 season as the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line coach before coming to Arizona. He has been the Cardinals' offensive coordinator the past four years.
The Cardinals' offense ranked No. 1 in the NFL in 2015 for the first time in franchise history, setting team single-season records for points (489), touchdowns (59), touchdown passes (35), total net yards (6,533) and first downs (373).
Pros: Goodwin has coached the past 10 seasons under Bruce Arians, one of the brightest offensive minds in the NFL. He's a known commodity to Bills General Manager Doug Whaley – their time with the Steelers overlapped from 2007-09. Theoretically, that should mean the two get along – something that has been an issue for Whaley with the last two coaches in Buffalo. During Goodwin's first season in Arizona, the Cardinals improved 20 spots on offense, from dead last in the NFL in 2012 to 12th overall in 2013. The Cardinals had top-six finishes in franchise history in both points and yards in 2013.
Cons: Goodwin doesn't call plays for the Cardinals – that job belongs to Arians. He has done it for three preseason games in each of the last two seasons, but nobody would agree that's like doing it when it counts. Some may argue Goodwin's familiarity with Whaley works against him here – the Bills' general manager has fallen out of favor with a majority of the fan base. While he interviewed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, Goodwin is a relatively unknown candidate to the casual fan. If he were to be hired, it would not create a spike in excitement.
Fun fact: Goodwin's brother, Jonathan, is a former NFL center who played for the 49ers, Jets and Saints. He made the Pro Bowl in 2010 with New Orleans.
Quotable: ““As an O-lineman, I like the way he calls plays. He calls plays because he likes to run the ball. That’s a big facet of what he likes to do. He likes to show who’s the toughest, who’s the most physical group and he does a good job of doing that.” -- Cardinals center A.Q. Shipley, to ESPN in November
Other head coaching interviews: Goodwin interviewed with the Jaguars on Tuesday and the Rams on Thursday.