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By PFW staff

The turmoil continues in Indianapolis, and no, we are not talking about the Super Bowl.

The Colts have hired Harold Goodwin to be their new offensive line coach, and fired TE coach Ricky Thomas and assistant OL coach Ron Prince, the team reported on its website. These moves were announced on the same day that the team confirmed the earlier reports that it would hire Bruce Arians as its new offensive coordinator, the first hire by new head coach Chuck Pagano.

Arians brings a wealth of experience to Indianapolis, where he served as QB coach from 1998-2000. While with the Colts, he helped develop a young Peyton Manning into an elite passer, coaching him to 4,000-yard seasons in each of his last two years with the team.

Since his time with the Colts, Arians spent three years as the Browns' offensive coordinator, three years as the Steelers' WR coach and five years as the Steelers' offensive coordinator. During his time in Pittsburgh, Arians helped develop Ben Roethlisberger into an All-Pro quarterback, helped Hines Ward reach 1,000 career receptions and helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls. in 2009, Arians helped Pittsburgh post a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers for the first time in franchise history.

Arians returns to Indianapolis to help resurrect a franchise that finished near the bottom of the NFL in almost every offensive category last season with franchise QB Peyton Manning missing the entire season.

Goodwin takes over the line after serving as Pittsburgh's offensive assistant since 2007, a capacity in which he helped with game preparation, video analysis and scouting opponents.

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