Steve Keim out as Cardinals GM

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Shortly after firing head coach Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals also confirmed that General Manager Steve Keim is out as well.

Keim has been on a medical leave of absence and it has been widely expected for weeks that he wouldn’t be back. The Cardinals’ announcement said that Keim decided to step away to focus on his health.

That means the Cardinals are in the market for a new head coach and new GM, and that may make for a difficult pairing with their franchise quarterback, Kyler Murray. Although Murray has shown flashes of the potential that made him the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, it’s worth noting that most NFL personnel people weren’t as high on him heading into that draft as Keim and Kingsbury were. It’s entirely possible that the next coach and GM will have different ideas about what kind of offense they want to run and what kind of quarterback will run it.

Murray suffered a season-ending knee injury and likely won’t be ready for the start of 2023, so the next GM and head coach will at the very least need to identify a Week One starting quarterback. The bigger question is whether the new coach and GM will view Murray as their long-term answer.

42 responses to “Steve Keim out as Cardinals GM

  1. Sad day for the NFC West… we all enjoyed the guaranteed mess in the desert year after year. Guess we have to go back to a 4 team division with the house-cleaning in AZ.

  2. Can you convince Matt LaFleur and Brian Gutenkunst to leave the Packers and take the job? – Signed, Packers fans

  3. I get that editing comes into effect, but watching this guy on hard knocks had me really questioning how he got hired in the first place. He just seems clueless to me. Is the threshold for the NFL really that low?

  4. If it’s the GM’s fault, why fire the coach?

    If it’s the coach’s fault, why fire the GM?

    It seems to me that the coach would be off the hook if he didn’t have the players because of the GM’s incompetence.

    And it seems to me that the GM would be off the hook if coaching of capable players wasn’t up to par.

    Why do they always go as a tandem?

  5. You’ll need to be desperate or a has been to want these jobs. The great weather aside

  6. Another move that had to happen. Keim had some horrendous drafts. Ignored the Offensive Line, and the CB position. He should have never received an extension.

    He was obviously a big part of the hiring of Kliff. It’s fitting they go out the door together

  7. The fans have generally liked the younger bidwell since he took over, but I think the bidwells are still the issue. Keim and kingsbury have their faults, but all coaches and GMs do. If you are looking for blame, look no further than ownership. Generally speaking, the old school owners seem to meddle more than newer owners.

  8. Too late for Keim to get canned – he’s set this franchise back into the cellar of the NFC.
    It’ll be interesting to see who wants to inherit the petulant man-child QB Kyler Murray as GM & HC.

  9. Kyler Murray’s knee injury may end up making him a better QB in the long run since he’ll now have to focus more on running an offense rather than just running. I firmly believe many running QB’s use their mobility as a crutch and it allows them to be mentally undisciplined. Pocket QB’s have no choice. Then their are the rarer guys like Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen who do both and become superstars.

  10. Murray is pissed… his Madden game has not yet updated the coaching and GM changes. I hear he’s on hold with EA Sports right now.

  11. Unfortunately, bad GM decisions don’t go away when the bad GM does. The next GM is going to be severely handicapped for at least three years by Kyler Murray’s contract and abilities. This can’t be a very desirable job.

  12. Why on Earth did they resign BOTH of these clowns to not needed extensions? Owner is a complete moron a little better than Dad but not much. I lved in Phoenix for almost 20 years Trash franchise for a very long tiome and not getting better.

  13. Despite Keim’s decisions, those watching know Kliff equally earned his with a bunch of bad ones.

  14. There’s really no way out of the Murray contract. For the next two seasons, it costs (way) more to cut him than to keep him. 2025 is the first year cutting him would be cap savings, but even then he would count $33M against the cap and you would need another QB on top of that.

    I suppose they could do some kind of restructure that makes him tradeable. But Murray would have to want that. And he wouldn’t be looking for a restructure that pays him less. And also no one is going to trade for him until he’s back on the field, so not until next offseason at the earliest.

    The next coach and GM almost have no choice but to want Murray.

  15. josh plum says:
    January 9, 2023 at 12:22 pm
    I get that editing comes into effect, but watching this guy on hard knocks had me really questioning how he got hired in the first place. He just seems clueless to me. Is the threshold for the NFL really that low?

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    Agreed. I think the owner has no clue and hires whoever talks a good game.

  16. davefromtheburgh says:
    January 9, 2023 at 12:22 pm
    If it’s the GM’s fault, why fire the coach?

    If it’s the coach’s fault, why fire the GM?

    It seems to me that the coach would be off the hook if he didn’t have the players because of the GM’s incompetence.

    And it seems to me that the GM would be off the hook if coaching of capable players wasn’t up to par.

    Why do they always go as a tandem?

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    They don’t always go as a tandem. Kingsbury was Keim’s 3rd head coaching hire with Arizona. They’ve had 1 winning season in 7 years covering 3 coaches. He wasn’t going to get a 4th hire.

  17. In light of Kyler Murray’s, DeShaun Watson’s, and Russell Wilson’s contracts, any owner or GM considering offering a QB a contract with top annual salaries for 4 or 5 years guaranteed should submit themselves to the gameday independent neurologist to make sure they don’t have a concussion.

  18. thatguywhoalwayssayschampionship says:
    January 9, 2023 at 12:37 pm
    There’s really no way out of the Murray contract. For the next two seasons, it costs (way) more to cut him than to keep him. 2025 is the first year cutting him would be cap savings, but even then he would count $33M against the cap and you would need another QB on top of that.

    I suppose they could do some kind of restructure that makes him tradeable. But Murray would have to want that. And he wouldn’t be looking for a restructure that pays him less. And also no one is going to trade for him until he’s back on the field, so not until next offseason at the earliest.

    The next coach and GM almost have no choice but to want Murray

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    Most coaches and GM would want Murray. He was a top 10 QB in 2020 and 2021 despite one of the worst coaches ever and his basic high school offense. The only question is how does he recover from his injury. No reason he can’t produce similar results as Jalen Hurts and at the very least Daniel Jones.

  19. He did hire Kingsbury which was very questionable because he was a college coach that didn’t have a winning record to be an NFL HC.

  20. davefromtheburgh says:

    January 9, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    If it’s the GM’s fault, why fire the coach?

    If it’s the coach’s fault, why fire the GM?

    It seems to me that the coach would be off the hook if he didn’t have the players because of the GM’s incompetence.

    And it seems to me that the GM would be off the hook if coaching of capable players wasn’t up to par.

    Why do they always go as a tandem?
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    1st off they dont “ALWAYS” go as tandem but if your team needs a major reboot it makes no sense to just arrange the deck chairs on a sinking ship.
    2nd Like most bad situations it’s not 1 persons fault. A gm could bring in average to below average talent but that doesnt mean the coach is off the hook if they cant get that talent playing at am average level. This situations are never 1 absolute thing like your trying to say.

  21. Sounds to me like the guy has more pressing concerns than his job anyhow — I hope he gets those addressed.

  22. My guess is that this is the first of many GM’s and coaches that Murray will get fired.

  23. Cardinals weren’t going to succeed with a fat sloppy drunk GM and a weasely priviledged college coach who never showed any leader, and had zero clue how to run a lemonade stand much less a group of men

  24. It’s been a long time coming. One of the worst GMs I’ve ever seen. Grier in Miami is next. They’re just terrible at assessing market value and understanding the market and that’s on top of not drafting well overall.

  25. Keim is one who gifted these huge extensions which became another bad season so he deserves to be fired. Stuck with an overpriced QB who won’t watch video and is merely a run around guy. Can even Sean Payton figure this out?

  26. The $64 million dollar question…. was it Keim and not Sean Kugler who was involved in whatever happened in Mexico, after all?

  27. davefromtheburgh says:
    Why do they always go as a tandem?

    ————————

    Clearly, there are exceptions. But, saddling a GM with an incumbent coach or a coach with a GM who might be on the hot seat is kind of a recipe for continuing the cycle. Just look at what Chicago has been doing, at some point the coach and GM situation got out of a sync and it can extend failures out longer than is ideal. Chicago finally broke the cycle last off season, but leading up to that it allowed (and someone could argue even encouraged) Ryan Pace to mortgage the future because he probably knew he was gone.

  28. Keim should have been fired for his DWI incident. Klutzbury never should have been hired in the first place. At Texas Tech he had a losing record — with Patrick Mahomes as his QB! But at least he was consistent.

  29. It feels like Keim has been there forever. I mean, the fact that they drafted Rosen and then got rid of him the next year was just a huge sign of incompetence. You just dig a hole for yourself if you can’t even make the occasional first rounder work.

    And Kingsbury – who has never had a winning record, anywhere – was a ridiculous hire.

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