It’s been under the radar, but the news that Cardinals director of player personnel Steve Keim is supposed to interview for the Rams’ vacant general manager job Saturday means the Cards could still be heavily impacted with all these league moves going on beyond their own search for a quarterbacks coach. When Jeff Fisher was hired as head coach, conventional wisdom said his former cohort in Tennessee, Lake Dawson, had an upper hand. But as Jim Thomas, esteemed Rams beat writer, notes, Dawson just was promoted by the Titans since his St. Louis interview and that usually doesn’t happen for a guy who is about to leave.
The Rams also interviewed Ryan Grigson — brother of Cards’ scout Dru — for the job, but then Ryan Grigson was hired as Indy’s GM. Les Snead, who works for Atlanta, was also previously interviewed, and the Rams’ original list of candidates is shrinking. Recently, though, the Rams said they will look at candidates they hadn’t already asked to talk to, so that could change the Keim dynamic.
Regardless, Keim (below center, talking to long snapper Mike Leach and football administrator Justin Casey) plays a huge role in the Cards come draft time and it would affect the organization if he were to leave.
As “D” in the comments points out, league rules prohibit those working in personnel to be able to move between teams until after the draft. Turns out that there are rules in place for personnel men, but not for those being promoted to general manager. Keim could leave right away.
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