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Steve Keim: Cardinals need to be retooled, not rebuilt

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The Cardinals introduced Steve Keim as their general manager on Tuesday and it didn’t take long before he reminded everyone that he’s experienced both the highs and lows of life in the Cardinals organization.

Keim, who had been the team’s vice president of player personnel, said that two days stick out for him above any other during his time are the day they won the NFC Championship Game over the Eagles and the day they lost to the Seahawks 58-0 during the 2012 season. Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ website reports that Keim promised himself that he would never let anything like the latter day happen again and now he’s got a job that will allow him to make sure it doesn’t.

Keim said he wasn’t blind to the problems on the roster, pointing out the need to improve on the offensive line and saying that he subscribes to the theory that you should try to draft a quarterback every year to ensure a pipeline of talent at the position. His familiarity with the roster also leaves him with the impression that a total overhaul of players isn’t needed to get the team back on the right track.

“I truly believe this is a retool and not rebuild,” Keim said.

Keim has been involved in the team’s coaching interviews, which will continue with Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Thursday. Once they’ve settled on a coach, Keim’s expected to tackle those offensive issues early on in the “retooling” process in the desert.

Photo via AZCardinals.com.

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17 Responses to “Steve Keim: Cardinals need to be retooled, not rebuilt”
  1. skunkgoosefly says: Jan 8, 2013 5:44 PM

    Jay Gruden would be a great hire. He has done alot with the weak armed Andy Dalton. Alex Smith or Matt Flyn might fit in with his style.

  2. dioalice says: Jan 8, 2013 5:51 PM

    Keim is bright. Good internal hire by Michael Bidwill. Now, about that quarterback position…

  3. mogogo1 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:52 PM

    “he subscribes to the theory that you should try to draft a quarterback every year to ensure a pipeline of talent at the position.”
    ______________________

    I’m all for drafting your QB instead of reaching on desperate free agent deals, but the only franchise I can think of that seems to draft a QB every single year is the Browns… and they’ve been doing it thanks to never-ending changes in direction from the front office; not exactly something you’d want to emulate. The ideal is after a draft or two you’ll have a good starter and decent backup and then you can worry about other positions.

  4. modellforprez says: Jan 8, 2013 5:54 PM

    yeah they better draft a q.b every year to have a chance out there…

  5. poison66 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:57 PM

    No thanks on Gruden, get McCoy……..

  6. silvestregonzalez74 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:01 PM

    Man he has the devils tounge he said every thing right specialy re tool.I think keim will hire the right coach for this team have a tremendous draft,bring in a qualityQB via draft FA or trade. He sounds like the best man fo
    r the job.the btcellnet west is going to be the best division in football.

  7. silvestregonzalez74 says: Jan 8, 2013 6:01 PM

    Man he has the devils tounge he said every thing right specialy re tool.I think keim will hire the right coach for this team have a tremendous draft,bring in a qualityQB via draft FA or trade. He sounds like the best man fo
    r the job.the nfc west is going to be the best division in football.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 8, 2013 6:05 PM

    Only need to be retooled to make the playoffs and be modestly competitive. But they have to be rebuilt to be at the top level. And that’s something they should have thought about the last few years so as to not squander Fitz as their top player, and if they wait too long then they will have to replace him and other guys they eventually lose.

    Will Patrick Peterson be squandered next when 5 years from now Keim gets fired and replaced with another guy that says he can make magic happen by a simple retooling?

  9. dabearsk says: Jan 8, 2013 6:25 PM

    They should get Alex Smith then pick up someone like Geno Smith for the long term. The rest of their picks ought to be oline as their line is right up there in terms of talent with my Bears.

  10. j0esixpack says: Jan 8, 2013 6:38 PM

    Let me get this straight. The Cardinals hired a GM FIRST and NOW they are interviewing coaches and then will seek out appropriate players?

    Didn’t they get the memo from the Jets? First you name your QB then you name your coach, and only then do you look for a GM

  11. hendeeze says: Jan 8, 2013 6:42 PM

    Having to replace 5 starting olinemen, 1 qb and 1 rb is more then a mere re-tool

  12. seahawks4alltime says: Jan 8, 2013 6:46 PM

    If the previous GM couldn’t stop the 58-0 shallacking of the Cardinals, what makes you so sure this dude will be able to prevent it from happening again.

  13. bnwpnw says: Jan 8, 2013 7:04 PM

    “Awesome.”

    -Seahawks fans

  14. fordmandalay says: Jan 8, 2013 7:23 PM

    Well, since the Cards have been “re-tooling” for around 40 years or so, he’s probably right. Heres to another decade of 6-10 seasons!

  15. djjackson81 says: Jan 8, 2013 9:47 PM

    GM Keim
    Coach McCoy
    O coordinator ? Up to coach
    D coordinator Horton
    F/A signs:
    QB Alex Smith if available
    Dominique Rodger C.
    Steven Jackson
    Draft: Tackle/Guard
    Running Back
    Honey Badger
    TE
    LB/DE

  16. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 8, 2013 10:33 PM

    Jeff George still claims he can play the QB position at a high level.

  17. The Prophet says: Jan 9, 2013 4:08 AM

    I’m sorry did he just say he believes in drafting a QB every year? And someone just made him their GM? Was he referring to fantasy football maybe?

    the fact that the Cardinals are currently loaded with below average QB’s, now their top guy is looking to draft even more below average QB’s says a lot about the Cardinals decision making process? First the Bills hire some jobber college coach and now the CArds promote this guy? Why are so many NFL teams so committed to being below average?

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