Michael Bidwill: The quarterback thing will come

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The Cardinals signed General Manager Steve Keim to a contract extension on Monday that ties him to the team for the same amount of time as new head coach Steve Wilks and team owner Michael Bidwill said on Arizona Sports 98.7 Tuesday that the move was about “creating stability in the organization.”

Stability is only worth so much if the team isn’t challenging for Super Bowls, however, and Bidwill knows that there’s a big piece the Cardinals need to find this offseason if they’re going to do that. They need to find a quarterback and Bidwill sounded confident that they’ll do so when the new league year starts next month.

“Today, we’ve got the G.M. in place, and I really like our head coach and everything I’ve seen from him so far,” Bidwill said, via the team’s website. “The quarterback thing will come. I don’t want to sound like we’re being cavalier about it but we’ve got to wait for free agency to start to see who is out there. I know we’re going to be aggressive, we’re going to have a plan.”

Free agency, a trade and the draft are all options for the Cardinals as they look for the right quarterback to replace Carson Palmer. If they can, it should go a long way to keeping things stable in the desert for quite a while.

24 responses to “Michael Bidwill: The quarterback thing will come

  1. Signed him to an extension? And his first act was to extend GM Keim? Who both for 5 years have been poor in finding the successor QB to the annually retiring Palmer? And who failed to attract one of the better HC canidates this year despite moves in December (or earlier) to get Arians to retire? LMAO. Cards are set to be the most dominant team in the Sonoran desert for years to come.

  2. Good sign. There’s alot of qb in the draft and free agency will provide a stop gap. Cards should trade up to #2. Give up #15 plus their 2nd rounder and their 4th and their 3rd rounder next year. That should do it

  3. Give up a 1st round pick for a QB. Cards 1st rounders always sit out their first year on the bench, get hurt in year 2, and get cut in year 3.

  4. I don’t follow the Cardinals but have they drafted well over the last several years?
    They hit a home run with David Johnson, but in general how good a GM is Keim?

  5. Cards are looking up. Once they get the QB situation figured out and find a replacement for fitz after this year. I can see them attempting to get a QB in FA, but most likely they will have to trade up in the draft to land one. Good things for them

  6. Commenters always seem to beat up Keim for his drafting, but how many have actually taken the time to look at his picks? Jonathan Cooper, who was one of the highest rated guards EVER coming out, didn’t work out, but he hit home runs on so many other guys like 2nd round Golden, 3rd round David Johnson, 5th round JJ Nelson, 3rd round John Brown, 3rd round Tyrann Mathieu. You also can’t blame him for continuing with Carson Palmer, who with an offensive line in front of him looked like a star(check out his actual stats since coming to the desert in 2013 or just look that the team’s record with him starting is 38-21-1). He’s done a fantastic job building the roster since he took over. Injuries happen, and nearly their entire offensive line plus backups went down both in 2016 and 2017. No team can win consistently with practice squad players starting because of multiple injuries in front of them.

    I’m just saying, before you go with the herd and condemn him for the job he’s done, go back and actually check out the teams he’s assembled.

  7. As a payingvseason ticket holder I’m not thrilled. Inexperienced coach, no quarterback. No quarterback for the last few years in my opinion.

  8. Well, Keim is at fault for only creating a Top 10 defense. Remember how the Cards’ defense was supposed to be terrible after all the free agents left? Yeah, they were still ranked #8.

    Forcing David Johnson and T.J. Logan to play through broken wrists would have been horrendously stupid, and that’s why Keim didn’t do that. I’m sure half the league’s knucklehead coaches would’ve told ’em to play through those. (Indy, I’m looking at you.)

    Cardinals went 8-8 while playing their 2nd and 3rd string QBs most of the season. They are only a mediocre QB away from going 10-6.

  9. ‘that quarterback thing’. Has Bidwell ever played a sport in his life?

    “Bidwell, step into my office.”

  10. This guy is honestly delusional.

    1. Reign Palmer and Fitgerald, two aging past their prime guys.
    2. Overpay Honey Badger.
    3. Go into cap hell.
    4. Ignore any bidding on Jimmy Garoppolo or a McDaniels/Garoppolo combo move.
    5. Extend Steve Keim, a guy who is clearly showing he doesn’t understand economics or how to win in the NFL.

    Super job!

  11. Steve Keim has been absolutely horrible in his job!! that roster has no depth. Most of the impact players are either free agents or guys drafted before he was the GM. He has drafted and developed NO ONE. His claim to fame is David Johnson, who he admitted he was targeting another RB that was picked before DJ. So he “settled” for DJ. This guy is clueless. There are no young players he’s drafted and developed. The offensive ;line is one of the worst in football. ALL OF THE LINEMEN ARE FREE AGENT ACQUITIONS!!! Every single one!!! This guy is really bad

  12. AZ must best-utilize the talent of “Fitz” (Larry Fitzgerald). Thereby, a high-quality QB is needed, e.g., Jay Cutler, who is the best-available — and then Kirk Cousins. Brees, Keenum, Garoppolo are already in-place and are staying put. When healthy, Sam Bradford can be steady, and ditto for Teddy Bridgewater. When consistent, Geno (Smith) is still a better deep passer than Ryan Fitz-“fizzle”-patrick. For now, I would say pay Cutler however much he wants lol “Fitz” (Larry Fitzgerald) will be most delighted to have Cutler join the team.

  13. Referring to the single, most important part of the equation as “The quarterback thing” tells you everything you need to know. Their marketing people must love him.

  14. surprising that they were not more active in trying to trade for Jimmy G—a 1st round pick would have gotten him from the Pats. Now they are reportedly looking to move up in the draft to get one of the top prospects and that would likely cost them at least 2 1st round picks.

  15. tylawspick6 says:

    This guy is honestly delusional.

    1. Reign Palmer and Fitgerald, two aging past their prime guys.
    2. Overpay Honey Badger.
    3. Go into cap hell.
    4. Ignore any bidding on Jimmy Garoppolo or a McDaniels/Garoppolo combo move.
    5. Extend Steve Keim, a guy who is clearly showing he doesn’t understand economics or how to win in the NFL.

    Super job!

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    Cardinals have won more than 60% of their games since Keim took over. Sounds like he knows how to win in the NFL. Cardinals had a top 10 defense in 2017, despite your preseason claims that the defense was going to be bad and that they were going into cap hell.

    As we know from PFT’s headlines earlier this week, there was no bidding on Garoppolo – Belichick said no to every initial offer. Doesn’t sound like bidding to me. And McDaniels is a head case, nobody wants him as a HC. His reputation in this league is right up there with Jeff Fisher.

    Speaking of not winning in the NFL, it’s great to see that you’re out of hiding! We missed you the week after the Super Bowl. Were you too busy posting about how trading away All Pro Chandler Jones for an underachieving guard was such a genius decision that it allowed the Patriots to give up 41 points to a backup quarterback? Asking for a friend.

  16. TheDotardinChief says:
    Cardinals have won more than 60% of their games since Keim took over. Sounds like he knows how to win in the NFL.
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    In other words, since Steve Keim took over in Arizona the Cardinals have averaged roughly a 9-7 record, missed the playoffs three times in five seasons, and have one postseason victory. They won their division once, only to flame out with an embarrassing blowout in the NFC title game.
    If that’s your definition of “knowing how to win in the NFL,” so be it. If slightly better than mediocre is what you’re satisfied with year in and year out, fine. If having a “top-10 defense” in a season in which you go 8-8, finish third in your division and miss the playoffs is a win for you, then Keim may be your man going forward.
    I suppose it’s less a matter of good or bad than it is what you’re satisfied with. Some might call Keim a successful GM. Others want more out of a general manager, especially one with a “top 10 defense.”

  17. If having a “top-10 defense” in a season in which you go 8-8, finish third in your division and miss the playoffs is a win for you, then Keim may be your man going forward.
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    Yes, they did that by starting 2nd and 3rd string quarterbacks due to injuries. That’s incredibly good for going the entire season with subpar QB play. Please, do tell how another GM would have produced a better record after losing their starting QB in Week 5.

  18. TheDotardinChief says:
    Yes, they did that by starting 2nd and 3rd string quarterbacks due to injuries. That’s incredibly good for going the entire season with subpar QB play. Please, do tell how another GM would have produced a better record after losing their starting QB in Week 5.
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    If you don’t see the irony in your comment then I can’t help you.
    Lots of teams have won with second-string quarterbacks, including, I believe, the current Super Bowl champions.
    The point is, why were the Cardinals’ backups so bad, and why were they on the field in the first place? The answer is that GM Steve Keim stuck with the aging and brittle Carson Palmer WAY too long, with no backup or plan of succession in place. When Palmer predictably went down, the other QBs were retreads that had already failed in the past. How did it work out?
    No offense, my friend, but injuries happen to all teams. Failing to address either your starting QB’s age address and fragility, or your backups’ ineptitude falls squarely on the GM.

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