Steve Keim: We have to find QB to follow Carson Palmer

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Quarterback Carson Palmer announced last week that he will be back for the 2017 season, which means the Cardinals won’t have to make any moves to find a starter in the immediate future.

Palmer’s contract is up at the end of next season and he said his playing future is going to be determined on a year-to-year basis beyond that, so the Cardinals aren’t totally free of thoughts about quarterbacks. In fact, General Manager Steve Keim sounds like he’s going to be in the market for one this offseason.

“There’s no doubt every G.M., there is no question your name has to be put on a young quarterback at some point,” Keim said, via the team’s website. “I challenge myself every day, because if you look around the league, you’re not a G.M. for long if you don’t find [a quarterback]. I have to do a better job, with my staff and the coaching staff, we have to identify the right guy and put this organization in position to have success for years to come.”

Drew Stanton is Palmer’s backup, but he’ll be 33 before the start of next season and that limits any thoughts the team might have about moving him up should 2017 be Palmer’s swan song. Zac Dysert was activated from the practice squad late in the year and has never played in a regular season game. Based on Keim’s comment, it seems a good bet that there will be at least one new addition to the group.

15 responses to “Steve Keim: We have to find QB to follow Carson Palmer

  1. The Cardinals still have the best QB in the division.

    2017 NFC West Standings
    1. Arizona 12-4
    2. Seattle 7-9
    3. Los Angeles 6-10
    4. San Francisco 2-14

  2. There’s no emergency because Drew Stanton could step in and do a fine job for a few years. There are good QB coming out every year, like Dak Prescott, that are going in the 4th round. No panic.

  3. Although I’ve enjoyed watching Carson Palmer play over the years, I have a feeling he lost part of his confidence after getting crushed by the Panthers in the playoffs during Carolina’s SuperBowl run.

    As an ironic aside, I also think Palmer’s future may mirror the same deterioration of play that Jake Delhomme suffered after his crushing loss to the Cardinals in the playoffs.

  4. tonebones says:
    Feb 13, 2017 5:02 PM
    There’s no emergency because Drew Stanton could step in and do a fine job for a few years

    Drew Stanton’s teams have won most of the games he started, but if the guy was anything more than a journeyman, he wouldn’t have made so many journeys between teams. Cards have to draft the QB of the future NOW.

  5. shoutin’ get off my lawn says:
    Feb 13, 2017 5:00 PM

    The Cardinals still have the best QB in the division.

    2017 NFC West Standings
    1. Arizona 12-4
    2. Seattle 7-9
    3. Los Angeles 6-10
    4. San Francisco 2-14
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    I can’t imagine Seattle dropping to 7-9 barring some terrible injuries or something, and I can’t imagine Arizona getting to 12-4 unless they have some crazy good luck. More likely Seattle is 11-5 or 12-4, and Arizona is 8-8.

  6. .
    @tonebone

    ” There are good QB coming out every year, like Dak Prescott, that are going in the 4th round. ”
    _________

    Prescott was the exception not the rule. There’s very few top shelf QBs that have been taken in the later rounds.
    .

  7. He should retire, blew the title Gane two years ago in Carolina and he should have retired then.
    He just don’t look like he wanted to play last year, slow slow slow.

  8. They also need guards. They way over paid for Iupati who is only good in the system SF was running with a then Mobil Kaepernick. In AZ pocket passing offense he is horrible and they RG is worse.

  9. The Cardinals don’t have a good track record at drafting and developing QBs with Jake Plummer their only success since their time in AZ. So far, Keim has drafted Logan Thomas, traded for Matt Barkley and Zac Dysert, so to think he’ll find a franchise QB in this draft when he couldn’t in previous attempts falls in the “No way in Hell” category.
    Keim needs to focus on getting this team to the playoffs this year and possibly finding a serviceable
    QB already in the NFL who can get the job done with quality players around him. Listening to Keim sounds like he is more concerned with his own “legacy” that the success of the team, when the reality is that if the team is successful, he will share in their success. Rather than chasing fantasies, stick to the reality that Arizona doesn’t have anyone capable of developing a college kid who has never been in a huddle and is still wet behind the ears.

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