After officially hiring Bruce Arians (ex-Steelers offensive coordinator) to be the offensive coordinator for the Colts, new head coach Chuck Pagano wasted no time scalping another Steeler assistant, this time announcing Harold Goodwin as the new offensive line coach for the Colts. Goodwin was an offensive assistant for the Steelers from 2007-2011, where his job entailed assisting in coaching the offensive line and scouting the upcoming opponents. Goodwin was also an assistant offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears from 2004-2006.
While Goodwin was only an assistant OL coach, it’s interesting to note that his line in Chicago improved each year with him there, ending 7th in Adjusted Line Yards, and 6th in Adjusted Sack Rate (2006). The line in Pittsburgh has been much more erratic, although they did finish third in ALY this past year. However, it’s difficult to know how much input Goodwin has had over the offensive line, and any analysis of his former teams must be taken with a grain of salt. Goodwin is a young coach, just 37, with only eight years of coaching experience in the NFL.
The Colts also released long time assistant coach Ricky Thomas, and assistant offensive line coach Ron Prince. This leaves Clyde Christensen (who has been reported to be taking the QB coaching position) and assistant strength and conditioning coach Richard Howell as the last remaining ties to the Manning era.