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Keim: Cards like Barkley’s mental makeup

Posted by Darren Urban on September 8, 2015 – 8:12 am

We’ve delved into why the Cardinals took Matt Barkley at quarterback already, but General Manager Steve Keim — during his appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” Show on Arizona Sports 98.7 Tuesday morning — got into a little more detail.

“When you are looking at a quarterback … and you’re saying, ‘What are the traits you look for,’ the first thing you don’t say is arm strength, or foot speed or mobility,” Keim said. “To me, when you look at quarterbacks, the first thing you want is mental toughness, the second thing is the ability to process and learn.

“Those are the things that excited us about Matt Barkley. When he came out of college we spent a lot of time with him. We liked him coming out. We know he is a football junkie. The mental part of the game is not too fast for him. Now, we bring him in, not a lot of risk involved, and you see what he’s got physically. To me, that’s how you have to approach that position because they are so hard to find.”

Other Keim’s points:

— The roster is “always in flux.” Keim wouldn’t even say the current 53 would stay static through Sunday’s opener against the Saints. Something to watch, although I’d be surprised if there was a move at this point just given what is out there (and assuming no one gets hurt in practice.)

— The fact the Cardinals have only three cornerbacks on the roster isn’t lost on Keim. Having safety Tyrann Mathieu there is a bit reason the Cards were comfortable with the move, but Keim did point out there is a reason the team has three cornerbacks on the practice squad. Any one of them could be pulled up in a given week.

— Once Bobby Massie is reinstated from his two-game suspension, then Keim and Bruce Arians will figure out who might be released to make room on the roster. No reason to talk names now, Keim said, because no one knows what injuries may happen, if any, over the first two games. Keim was pleased with the way Earl Watford played right tackle in the final preseason game.

— That said, Keim deferred to Arians on any starting lineup announcements, including center. He also said he had nothing concrete to report on injury updates of G Mike Iupati and WR Michael Floyd. Arians already said Iupati wouldn’t be playing this week.

— Keim said it was “good to see” both RB Chris Johnson and LB Sean Weatherspoon play “extremely well” in the final preseason game. Keim reiterated the Cards were excited for both additions when they signed and the team is counting on their contributions.


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41 Responses to “Keim: Cards like Barkley’s mental makeup”

  1. By carlo milano on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    when steve Keim drafted logan thomas was for his mental toughness?

  2. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    SK as GM keeps it interesting, kinda puts an exclamation point on how bad our GM sif was before his rise…if he misses, he fixes, maybe explains in part Barkley for LT, turn over another rock, see what’s there. LT and Sims seemed like really good guys, wish them well; but also want to give Barkley benefit of doubt and support his development.

    GO Cards, tailgate plan under development!

  3. By Sackman on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    The first thing you look for is MENTAL TOUGHNESS?

    Hum, lets see. So Sims didn’t have mental toughness? I would have to disagree.

    Didn’t they say? That if he made a mistake he would shake it off and it wouldn’t effect him on the next play or something like that.

    Oh and by the way he has FOOT SPEED AND MOBILITY which is a added plus.

    I’m still not sold on Barkley or any reasoning for such a move.

    What’s done is done. It’s time to move on.

    I just have one request. If Barkley doesn’t make it past the 6 weeks. I just hope Sims is still available for the PS team.

  4. By mal on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    The QB is the single most important position on a football team. To be a leader of men, it takes more than physical skills. You have to be able to rally the troops to follow your lead, to earn respect and instill confidence, to inspire loyalty, to have a depth of character and rock solid core so guys trust your judgement.

    Thats why SK and BA say they choose guys first for the person and second for the player. What matters most is in your head and your heart. I’ve been told by proffessional athletes that success at the highest level is 75% mental and only 25% physical.

    BA always says he evaluates a QB by “how he runs the huddle”. What he means by that is he can tell if that QB is a natural leader of men, or not.

    And that is the point that all these fans who liked LThomas and Phil Sims so much are missing. Just becuz they drove the team for a couple touchdowns in the pre-season doesnt make them leaders. None of us were in the huddle looking them in eye to see what kind of fire they have inside them to inspire men to follow.

    Throwing a few good passes does not make the captain of your entire team. Otherwise John Skelton would be a starting QB.

    I know nothing about what kind of man Barkley is. But BA and SK looked Sims and LT in the eye — which none of us have done — and they could tell they were not leaders.

  5. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    I heard that interview live on the way in to work on Doug & Wolf. Thought it was a curious choice of words as it implied that the QB he drafted (Thomas) perhaps didn’t have those traits.

    I guess Keim doesn’t want to say what we’ve all concluded on this board, which is that basically it’s a flier that may or may not work out, but that there’s no real reason to be particularly excited at this point.

    If the Cardinals had waited for Barkley to be cut, and then put in a waiver claim for him, would somebody with a higher waiver priority than us have also put in a claim, and gotten him instead? Presumably that’s what Keim thought, or he wouldn’t have given up the conditional 7th rounder (though admittedly, that’s not much to give up). Not that it means much, but perhaps some fans who are upset about the move might find some solace in the fact that at least one other team was likely interested in Barkley.

  6. By carlo milano on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    darren in the end we can say
    there is not enough time to wait for a project even if this project showed some small improvements
    i was agaisnt logan thomas pick cause he doesnt have the accuracy required to play in the league but how some expert teacher pretend to teach accuracy?
    acuracy is not just about the arm but how quick the mind is the read situation on the field,this is something u have or not

  7. By mike in mesa on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    So we are looking for Stephen Hawking at QB? lol. Sounds like excuses for their move. Its a good thing Miami is looking for mental weakness then. I guess Ryan Lindley was mentally tougher too. How did that work out? Oh well, hope Palmer stays healthy as thats our only chance right now.

  8. By clssylssy on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    I wish I could say I was impressed with Keim’s “mental makeup”. I know I will get overwhelming thumbs down but as far as I can see Keim failed to address the most important issues the Cards had coming out of the post season…(a)QB issues
    (b) CONTINUED 0-line and offensive issues…including a general weakness at TE (c) replacement of key defensive players (Washington, Cromartie,Foote,D-line losses) (d)ST weakness with kickers. From what I’ve read. many sportswriters have the Rams ahead of the Cards this season and we got a c- coming out of the preseason…not exactly what one would expect from a playoff team!
    With our first game less than a week away, I could care less about Barkley, at this point, it is what it is and not worth the energ. l am more focused on winning against the Saints and beginning our regular season a winner. Most sports books have this as being a very close game with the Saints a very slight underdog (we get the HFA) and so, I guess we’re going to see if this is really “the best Cards team every” as BA boasts. We are going to need to go undefeated at home this year and then some to make the playoffs so, hopefully, we’ll come out strong, play smart (Saints have shown a lot of errors) and finish victorious! HOPE TO SEE THE RED SEA RISE UP AND MAKE SHORT WORK OF THE SAINTS!

  9. By Jimbowan on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    Sackman–
    I whole heartily agree with you. It’s too bad he has been over looked by the Cards. I get the feeling Bruce wants a specific qb type and is unwilling to budge. Too bad, because Sims just needs a great teacher, and both BA and TM are among the greatest. I love BA. I just wish they would give Sims another chance. Sims knows nothing of privilege, the young man just believes in himself and his potential. He has “football smarts” , something that is very hard to find in a qb, because they are insulated throughout college. Luck, Wilson, Rodgers, Manning, Brees.. these qbs are nothing without their ability to process plays and dissect defenses. I think Sims has that ability.

  10. By Andrew on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    Good lord everyone needs to let the Sims thing go. He didn’t look good at all against Denver. He was holding the ball way too long and didn’t want to throw the deep ball – something Arians wants in his QB.

    No one claimed Sims either. Don’t you think if our own coaching staff and the other NFL teams aren’t interested, that Sims just isn’t a very great QB? Probably a nice guy, yes. But I’m just not seeing what other Cards fans saw this preseason.

  11. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    Apparently Russell Wilson didn’t have the mental toughness, ability to learn, leadership, or football junkiness to convince SK to trade up seven spots in the third round of the 2012 to draft to take Wilson. Instead, SK took CB Jamell Fleming from Oklahoma.

  12. By Amir on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    Keim did not say “mental toughness”… He said “mental makeup” that is the ability to process information on the fly and make decisions. Obviously Logan was seriously struggling with that aspect of the game. That pick was a mistake. BASK acknowledged by releasing him and moving on. I don’t have much hopes with Barkley but doesn’t hurt to try as Keim says it is low risk.

  13. By Scott H on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    Never have so many had so much to say about 3rd string QB’s….and I have certainly been knee deep in the whole thing in the recent blogs. But I got nothing left at this point. Barkley is here, Sims isn’t. That certainly would not have been my choice, but….they don’t give me a vote.

    But I DO have to say….I don’t see what being a football junkie has to do with anything. My mother in law is a football junkie. No, really, she absolutely is! That don’t make her a QB, does it???

  14. By Jerry on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    Sims is being given a try-out by the Raiders.

  15. By Red Dead Redemption on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    I really liked Sims too. But remember people were saying the same thing about Logan Thomas when he was a rookie. That he looked great at times, drove the team down the field, and has a high upside. Teams didn’t exactly jump at Sims too when he was cut.

    When Logan didn’t start that playoff game I knew BA had soured on him regardless what he said. It seems clear to me based on what Keim said Logan lacked at least one or both of those things.

    BA is a gambler. He calls plays that way, and it’s his personality. So I have no problem with him gambling on Thomas. I just hope in the future if he choses to gamble it’s with much later picks.

    I don’t like the Barkley pick up but at least the risk is low. Which is where it needs to stay if you want a project to gamble on.

  16. By truths4all on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    I know itis sacriligious on this site to disagree with Keim, but let’s be honest,

    Barkley was regressing in Philly and just couldn’t handle Kelly’s offense.

    Barkley’s performances and numbers were awful and he couldn’t even outperform Tebow nor handle the pressure in games.

    And Keim thinks Barkley has what it takes to “get” BA’s offense when he couldn’t “get” Chip Kelly’s offense.

    I remember how excted and in love Denny Green was over Matt Lienart, USC’s Golden Boy. Green was wrong about Lienart.

    I remember how enamored Whisenhunt was about Max Hall and Hall’s football mind and knowledge of the playbook. Whisenhunt was flat-out wrong about Hall being a NFL QB.

    Now we have Keim in love with Matt Barkley’s college career and college level football mind and present day weak arm even after Barkley produced NFL stats remarkably similar to Ryan Lindley’s while being outplayed by Tebow?

  17. By shane on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    Man the amount of cry baby’s on this post arguing over a 3rd string Qb is completely crazy & funny really gives me a laugh..lol plus im sure Philip sims got picked up right away when he was cut because hes the next Andrew luck right??…. Na hes still out there because hes an underrated rookie qb that had an alright preseason against 3rd & 4rth stringers.. poeple need to stop crying and be exited about the saints game and the starters.

  18. By AzCard1898 on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    Ottis Anderson Fan; third round of the 2012 to draft to take Wilson. Instead, SK took CB Jamell Fleming?

    How did this happen or rather why?

    Because Steve Keim was NOT the GM in the 2012 draft, SK was not the GM until Jan. 8 2013!

    Another thing….. Oh never mind.

    GO CARDS!!!

  19. By Marlin on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    RISE UP RED SEA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. By jeffcardinalfan on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    once again I will voice the opinion that is just does not matter who our qb is if the ol does not get the job done a weak ol has been a tradition for the cards. if/when iupati returns with massie(unless Watford takes the rt spot from massie) ity will take some time for the ol to gel. hopefully defense can carry team until that happens. about barkley…john Elway, peyton, Andrew luck,bledsoe, phillip rivers, maybe eli…unless I’m forgetting someone these guys r about it as far as qbs coming out of college as high draft picks that worked out in the last 30 yrs. history shows that taking any qb at any draft position or as a free agewnt is a calculated risk. who had brady on their draft board? aaron rogers? who predicted drew bree’s career? leaf, young, Leinart, Demarcus Russell, akili smith, joey Harrington, rick mirer?? so back to barkely, evidently BASK saw things we couldn’t about Thomas/sims…barkely will probably never develop into a starting nfl qb…if not we will try someone else. I sincerely hope he doesn’t play a single down this year!! can anyone explain how chase Daniel is not one of the best 32 qb’s in the nfl…its the prejudice towards qb;s who aren’t 6’4 and 230. imho he is clearly the best #2 qb in nfl followedby Stanton. can anyone explain how there r 96 qb’s better than tebow? he obvciously has shortcomings as a passer but with his off the chart intangibles I don’t understand how he cant be on someones roster. raise your hand if u would have chosen lindley over tebow to start our playoff game last year! he mite have been 6 for 22 for the whole game but he also mite have pulled off another miracle and he would have expected to win.

  21. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    truths4all,

    I got to disagree with a little of what you have said.

    Denny Green drafted Leinart to play in his offense. In 2006, Leinart showed promise and put up 2500+ yards. Who can forget the Bears game, where when we lost the lead, Leinart marched the team down in the last minutes to set up the game winning FG. (we missed) Who knows how Leinart would have ended up if Denny stayed.

    With a new coach , came a new offense that Matt could not play in. He floundered around in AZ till released.

    Now, Barkley was in Chip Kellys system that is unique. I dont think Palmer could play for him. So BA wants to take a 6 week look to see if this guy can play. What is wrong with that.

  22. By robert on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    i saw the last preseason game when Massie played the second half. he was getting beat by the oppositions 3rd stringer. I am not impressed with him at all, but i am impressed with McClain. He seemed to play the best including as compared to our all pro RT.This guy needs to play.

  23. By Dr. G. on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    Is SK describing Derek Carr ((CEREBRAL)) a little late here, except that he is a fair athlete and a good game manager…coulda had him? Keim has book ended himself here.

    Smarts are useless without the physical facilities and vice versa…NEITHER is useful without the gritty will to succeed. I know he looks for a combo…he just didn’t say it like that. If Barkley cannot stretch the field, BA will be disappointed. We need a big arm for our speedsters.

    I think Keim has been a good team builder, but her is not infallible; like, knowing he would like a mulligan ((do-over)) on the PP contract. He will cover his tracks in the end. It is always good to improve the QB situation every year…later

  24. By Jacob Mignano on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    The difference between Barkley and Thomas/Sims IMO is Thomas was always seen as a raw project and Sims was always going to be a long shot as a rookie FA.

    Barkley on the other hand was once projected to be the number one overall pick. Might as well see what you have with him, especially when there’s no risk at all and you have someone like BA to teach him.

    Always looked like Thomas wasn’t making the progression you would have hoped for. Like Keim and Arians have said, important to keep buying a lottery ticket.

  25. By clssylssy on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    robert…
    A lot of our 1’s looked miserable in preseason including Palmer and Stanton. In the Raiders game Palmer didn’t look like he knew which way to turn, much less like a leader–he looked positively shell shocked and overwhelmed. But, as has been pointed out, that was preseason and I don’t think many of our starters were really trying to impress–why would they?However, I do agree that our 0-line doesn’t look like it will hold up long enough to get iupati and Massie back and our RBs and TEs seem to be useless in contributing to blocking opponents. We need Michael Floyd back to help block for Palmer if nothing else.
    It seems that about every other team is actively trying out or signing players too positions of weakness but the Cardinals, who continue to beat the Barkley dead horse rather than getting the job done of upgrading positions of weakness.
    The Saints have tried out two kickers, worked out Hakeem Nicks, know that the Cards 0-line is the Cards liability, and are looking for serious payback!

  26. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    Clssylssy —

    You list as the first two issues that Keim allegedly failed to fix “QB issues” and “continued O-line and offensive issues, including a general weakness at TE.”

    First of all, Palmer is our QB. Unless he gets injured, we’re set there for at least a couple more years. Stanton is a capable backup. What was Keim supposed to do about a QB this offseason? No one with a good one is trading him. Winston and Mariota were drafted 1-2; we had no opportunity to get them (the Eagles supposedly offered a huge package to try to move up and failed), and no other QB was selected until the 3rd round. Is there a QB you think Keim should have drafted? If so, which one?

    As far as O-line, we added an All-Pro guard. This is after adding Veldheer the previous year. Do you expect to be able to just go out and get a superstar at every O-line position?

    As far as “general weakness at TE,” Keim already spent a 2nd round draft pick last year at that position. Is it his fault Niklas has been hurt?

    It’s one thing if the team has weaknesses and the GM continues to ignore them. I think there’s a legitimate gripe to be made that Keim hasn’t done enough to address our obvious weakness of an edge rusher. But to say he hasn’t tried to address the QB issue — when that’s what we addressed by signing Palmer two years ago — or the O-line problems, when he’s added Veldheer and Iupati and we spent a #7 OA pick on Cooper — is kind of silly.

  27. By NJAzCardsFan on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    The Barkley pick up was a “head scratcher”….?????

  28. By Jimbowan on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren–
    I just want to say I respect and appreciate the work you do for the Cards and fans. I heard your spot on the radio this afternoon and I have to respectfully disagree with your comments regarding fan’s criticism of the team letting Sims and Thomas go. I am so tired of people marginizing fans with criticism, by calling them “Arm Chair GMs.” We have every right to complain about this organisations poor decisions. Most of us have suffered through nearly twenty years of poor decision making by the AZ Cards organization. We all know what happen when we suddenly lost Warner. We are all worried about the future of our team and rightfully so. We all just want what’s best for our current and future team. It wasn’t too long ago it was “In Wiz we trust.” GMs, coaches, and sports writers change, but in the end the fans remain, warts and all. Have a little respect for the fans that don’t eat up everything the team tries to feed us. And if you think we’re bad try reporting for New England.

  29. By Coach K on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    “Mental Toughness” is code for “Ability to think and process” This is what Keim is trying to say in a nice way, without hurting any feelings. Bottom line, Barkley has the mind and the feel for playing quarterback at a high level. Much higher than Thomas and Sims.

    Makes perfect sense to me. Give me the guy with the “game brain” any day!

  30. By david1800 on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    Arizona should cut Barkley or put him on the practice squad and sign Tebow immediately. You get a better QB and save a draft pick.
    Tebow QBR 90.7 – 3 TDs 1 INT
    Barkley QBR 57.5 – 0 TDS 2 INT<not mentally tough

  31. By Steve S on Sep 8, 2015 | Reply

    I’m thinking that all you people who were so up on Simms and Thomas were watching different games then I was. Neither of them could get out of there own way. at least Barkley with his back round gives us a half a chance at a QB of the future.

  32. By Eazy E on Sep 9, 2015 | Reply

    Happy Birthday today to Matt Barkley who is 25 today by the way! Mental makeup is so very important, but physical makeup first and Matt is actually big although he doesn’t quite look it at 6’2, 227 pounds as he’s listed. He doesn’t have a huge arm, accuracy is probably about average maybe slightly above, no mobility, smart; He has so far in the NFL looked below average, it is early but that’s the truth! I’m a Tebow fan and he shouldn’t have got cut by the Eagles because he played much better than Barkley in the preseason. I’d much rather have Tebow than Barkley how ever you slice it!

  33. By Garth Short on Sep 9, 2015 | Reply

    Read all the comments, and most were pretty much on target. I particularly liked Jimbowan’s defense of the fans. Some fans don’t have a clue, but many do and are disparaged simply because they are fans. Think of their opinions like, “From the mouth of babies………………”.

  34. By clssylssy on Sep 9, 2015 | Reply

    Kevin…
    Yes, Palmer is our QB and Stanton is our backup but beyond that “you gotta know when to hold ’em and know when to fold’em” . Keim has left us in a very vulnerable position of no QB with knowledge of our offense should the unthinkable happen. And, yes, if we get down to the 3rd QB we are in trouble but, I would still rather have someone who is at least serviceable with a good defense than nobody. What I have been saying that Keim failed to remedy the situation we found ourself in last season and with a defense still lack important pieces as well as a green DC, not to mention our kickers.
    Have you not been paying attention to our offense? Did you miss the number of times our QB(s) were sacked in the preseason game against the Raiders? And, this does not concern you? And no, of course it is not Keim’s fault that Niklas has been hurt anymore than it’s his fault that Greshem has been on the bench since he got here, however, in most successful businesses there comes a time when employees run out of sick leave and have to be replaced, irregardless, for the good of the company.
    Keeping the roster functional is Stever Keim’s job and our success of the last few years is going to be as short lived as Whiz’s (without the championships) if Keim doesn’t keep this as a team always growing and remaining competitive.

  35. By Marcelof on Sep 9, 2015 | Reply

    david1800 –

    Philly opened spot to keep Tebow as their 3rd string. They didn’t.
    Why?

    When you find the answer to this question, it will automaticaly answer your point of view.

    GO Cards.

  36. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 9, 2015 | Reply

    Clssylssy —

    Yes, it concerns me that our protection against the Raiders wasn’t very good. But not enough to worry about who our 3rd QB is. Our 3rd QB is not going to be very good no matter who it is. They are going to get precious few reps in practice going forward. You say, you’d rather have someone serviceable than nobody… teams in the predicament of needing to go down to their 3rd QB can always go pick up a vet free agent QB and be serviceable.

    Many teams don’t carry a 3rd QB at all. It’s the most important position, but the reality is, most teams never even have to use their backup QB, much less their third stringer. Cardinals fans are jaded on this topic because of the year we went through 4 QB’s (Kolb/Skelton/Hoyer/Lindley) and last year. But the odds of losing 2 QB’s in a year are not high, and if that were to happen, the notion that we’d be significantly better off having a guy who “knows the offense” versus just bringing someone in off the street and dumbing down the offense for a while is overstating things. Not to mention that Sims, at least, will most likely be available at that point anyway.

    I hardly fault Keim for not drafting a QB with one of our early picks in the last two drafts that haven’t been considered QB-rich (other than the very top picks who were unavailable to us). He tried to address the future with Thomas, but it was a reach and they’re moving on. If you want to argue that we should have grabbed Manziel or Bridgewater last year, OK, although we would have had to move up to get Manziel. (Based on how they’ve performed so far, I’d rather have Bridgewater anyway.) But you have to make the argument at the time, not after you see how the picks all shake out. Is there a QB you would have picked this year? If so, which one?

  37. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 9, 2015 | Reply

    Also, presumably, Barkley can learn our offense in the coming weeks about as well as Sims was able to in his brief time in camp (Thomas had an extra year on both of us). Should the “unthinkable” happen of both our QB’s going down, it’s not likely to happen in the first few weeks, and Barkley can be reasonably knowledgeable enough about the offense to go in there if need be.

  38. By clssylssy on Sep 9, 2015 | Reply

    Kevin…
    You are correct that the QB crop has been slim the past few years however, there are some who I’ve liked such as the kid the Saints took from Colorado, Garrett Grayson and K-State’s QB, Jake Waters who the Seahawks took a look at and was Tyler Lockett’s roommate (Waters is cerebral and football smart) I also liked Colin Klein who spent time with the Texans and who I thought would have been a better project than Logan Thomas(but is now playing in Canada) The fact is, few QBs coming out these days are the type of turnkey QBs fans expect and most are going to need the kind of effort most organizations don’t want to invest, unless they have their franchise QB and are looking toward the future, like Denver, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans…
    For now, it is what it is, and we can just hope for the best! Our focus needs to now be on winning our opener against the Saints!

  39. By hminus on Sep 10, 2015 | Reply

    Think SK has some people in a draft he’s excited about…& others not so much,(LT was probably a “gimme”to BA just to keep his head coach happy,)so-even though SK is ultimately responsible for drafted personnel…sometimes a HC or DC will really push for somebody & the GM rolls his eyes & gives in…sometimes…

  40. By hminus on Sep 10, 2015 | Reply

    It took about a season & a half for MANY people to warm up to CP also…he was ALSO a 7th round trade experiment as well,(sure glad SK & BA took a chance with that scratcher!)…not saying Barkley is the same as CP…but this process seems to work with a higher degree of success than drafting one does…

  41. By clssylssy on Sep 10, 2015 | Reply

    It took Carson Palmer half a season to get a passing grasp of BA;s offense and as “cerebral” as Barkley is suppose to be, I don’t expect him to “get it” faster than Palmer but moreover he can’t develop the kind of chemistry with the other players that fast especially when he’s not even taking reps with the 1’s. But, for now he’s BA and Keim’s boy so we are stuck with him and will hope we don’t need somebody competent to step in. My issue is that we don’t seem to learn from our mistakes of the past.
    And, you are correct in that some teams don’t carry 3 QBs…but they aren’t the Cards and they have better offenses than we do! Our RBs are totally worthless as far as any kind of blocking assignmennts so you have to plan for the worst while hoping for the best!
    Hopefully, we can pick Sims up for the PS but will we? BA and Keim don’t impress me as individuals willing to admit when they are wrong.

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