Cardinals G.M. Steve Keim pleased to have support of his boss

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Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said earlier this week that General Manager Steve Keim deserves credit for getting the team moving in the right direction.

Keim is more than happy to accept the credit from his boss.

“It’s always good to have support from your boss,” Keim said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, via the team website. “This business comes with that pressure. That’s what I’ve done the past few years. You have to look at it and embrace that pressure. This job isn’t for everybody. Hopefully, I do a good enough job, and have thick enough skin, to not take it personal. . . .It’s my job to make it better. It’s a results-based business, and I get that.”

Support for Keim is not universal in Arizona. He has received his share of criticism from media and fans.

The Cardinals are 57-53-2 in the regular season in Keim’s seven seasons as G.M. and 1-2 in the postseason. They reached the NFC Championship Game in 2015 but are only 23-39-2 with no playoff berths the past four seasons.

In 2019, though, the Cardinals produced the NFL offensive rookie of the year in Kyler Murray and had a defensive player of the year runner-up in Chandler Jones.

“Through the good and bad that has happened here, I truly believe in my heart that the next chapter is going to be the best of all,” Keim said. “So I hope the fans are excited and are ready for this ride.”

No matter what anyone thinks of the job Keim has done in Arizona, the only person’s opinion who matters is Bidwill. And Bidwill has his G.M.’s back for now.

7 responses to “Cardinals G.M. Steve Keim pleased to have support of his boss

  1. The owner backs him because they e been friends for 20 years and he can easily justify why Keim is one of the lowest paid GMs in the league. The Cards are cheap and don’t want to spend the money to bring a formidable GM who may want autonomy from ownership. So, he’s going to make every excuse to keep Keim around

  2. They must be friends. How else would any other GM still have a job after trading up in the first for Rosen, still be bad enough for the first overall and then trading Rosen the next year for nothing?

  3. Keim seems like a good guy (despite the DUI), but his job will probably depend on the degree of improvement of the Cardinal team that he fields in 2020. Murray had a great year (which most of the rest of the NFL never saw) but needs a receiver and a tight end that can both block and catch. The defense, other than Chandler Jones, Budda Baker, and the 2018 Patrick Peterson, needs practically everything. He cannot afford to blow the upcoming draft and sign free agents who are poised to be either injured or arrested.

  4. “Support for Keim is not universal in Arizona.”

    And that wins the Understatement of the Week Award….

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