Keim may quit smoking

Posted by Darren Urban on February 20, 2014 – 1:52 pm

Around the draft, it’s not unusual for a team or its decision makers to put out smokescreens ahead of time. No reason not to try and throw people off, right?

But General Manager Steve Keim said Thursday, when asked about if he had a certain plan to dole out misinformation, said he wasn’t that guy.

“I may be the wrong one to ask because clarity may be one of my issues,” Keim said. “I have a tendency to say what’s on my mind. My philosophy moving forward with players is that as well, I try to be honest with them. It’s not always what they want to hear but I think it’s necessary to build that kind of trust. Trust with your media, trust with your coaching staff and trust with your players is try to be as clear as you can.”

So, that being the case, will I be surprised if the Cardinals go ahead at take an offensive or defensive linemen — the positions Keim has tended to mention first when asked about what the Cards need — with the first-round pick? No.

Then again, maybe Keim’s claim of clarity is a smokescreen. Hey, you never know.

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9 Responses to “Keim may quit smoking”

  1. By Big Ken on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Keim and Arians both have made the ‘smokescreen’, ‘coach speak’, ‘poker face’ what ever you want to call it an absolute art form. No way I’d play cards with those guys.

  2. By D on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Dansby is important to resign, but going into the offseason with two holes at the Off tackle is rare and worrisome. Keim can’t miss in March. I would say Anthony Collins and E. Winston would be priority.

    If Dansby gets a crazy offer in the free agent market, then Cards must move on to Minter and add pieces to the defense like a Safety, Corner and Dline depth.

  3. By georgiebird on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Re: It’s a QB for the Cards in Rd. 1
    Listen to Keim talk about QBs who can run and put pressure on defenses. At the same time , SK says he’s ok with CP. It all doesn’t add up.
    In the face of needing help at other positions, it’s very clear that the Cards are ready to pick a QB in the 1st round for the following reasons:
    1) The Cards are a better team now and won’t be drafting in the top 10 for a while, so this year is as good as any to pick a QB.
    2) BA is 61 and his forte is finding and developing young QBs- why wait any longer- BA has set the bar high in his 1st year and he is 61.
    3) SK concedes the advantage in the more mobile QBs
    4) SK also concedes that the Cards are 2-3 guys away from SF and Sea on both sides the ball. A young, productive QB can erase that difference the quickest.
    5) BA has the confidence he can pick a young QB and BA is ready for the challenge. Time is of the essence.
    6) Even though the Cards are down a draft pick, I see them making a move to better position themselves in the 1st round, if necessary.
    7) SK realizes that the improvement made last year is not sustainable without a better QB.
    8) At this time, the stock of BA and SK is at an all-time high; they could probably withstand the “hit” if they were to whiff on a QB in Rd 1.
    9) 2015 has been SK’s realistic target year to challenge for the NFL West- the young QB will be ready to shine in 2015.
    10) I don’t see the Cards staying with CP in 2015- the division is too tough and an upgrade at QB is necessary to get to the next level.

  4. By Darren Urban on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Georgie —

    RE: QB round one

    Are we wagering on this?

  5. By ored on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    i think there is a chance we draft a qb late but the only way in the 1st round is if a top rated one fell to us,and then you’d have to wonder why. i could see a trade if the cost were’nt too high for a special player,but not a qb not named luck.

    also believe we’re a few players short of what we want,but that does’nt mean they can’t raise their level of play when needed…case in point…seattle game,something we did that no other team could.i’m also a believer in strengthening the defense further,why take a step back,the offense will figure it out and catch up sometime.just something about a lunchpail,hard hitting,in ur face defense that does’nt back down…if 4 turnovers in seattle and only 10 points given up does’nt define that then we still have work to do.

    if we sign a free agent LT then i’m looking for defense with the #20 pick and who that will be depends n who’s there.i proposed a sign and trade for jared allen,and still think it could work,if not he will probably be a free agent,he’s a good guy and player,only 1 year out of 10 years he did’nt have dble.digit sacks…2011 he had 22 sacks,last year was on par with abraham,he turns 32 next month and if abraham will share his elixir with him,he’s probably good for another 3 yrs.fitz knows him and might convince him to go for a ring this year,besides at his age he needs to be thinking warmer climate for those joints.then we can feel good going young, learning and backing up legends.and it gives further wiggle room for that qb in the mid/late rounds that you just know they want an excuse to pull the trigger on.

  6. By georgiebird on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    In honor of this blog being, in its own way, a “Cuckoo’s Nest”- I’ll bet a buck

  7. By Davemaham on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Keim will take the best player available. If it’s a qb, which is doubtful, then he will take one. Keim and Arians both realize the need and enjoy development, but why does it have to be the first round? The final four teams in the playoffs this year were represented by first, second, third and sixth round qb’s. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him trade down for an extra pick. 20th is such a crappy spot. But I will be pretty upset if they don’t take a qb by the third round.

  8. By Big Ken on Feb 21, 2014 | Reply

    What if they move up by flip-flopping picks with some team and throwing in next years first rounder, plus lower picks or a player? But it’s like Darren says they really have to be hooked on a particular QB.

  9. By clssylssy on Feb 21, 2014 | Reply

    I believe Keim’s comments about the QBs were general observations and in no way a commitment for deviating from the plan however, nothing is in stone and certainly if a hottie QB talent were the BPA, we might grab him for development.
    I think every team in the NFL took notice of the NFC West teams last season and their dominating defenses so I look for defensive players to be the hot ticket item in this year’s draft AND free agency. While, I think BA has been a major smoke blower early on, he usually has a smirk behind his poker face which is his tell and I have always interpreted this as more someone with a dry sense of humor…not sure about Keim. Results are the only thing that matters and I’m hoping we can get a large TE as well as O-line help before worrying about a QB since BA feels we have that covered. This team was able to keep Russell Wilson locked down in Seattle and perhaps we should focus more on beefing up our capabilities to become a major defensive force? It seems Andre Ellington is the new flavor of the week but he’s no Marshawn Lynch and I’m afraid he’ll be on the injury list and done for the season if we try to use him as an every down back. It sounds like there are plans for him to play multiple roles so maybe we need to pick up a large back a la Lynch.
    The new philosophy for using players in multiple roles is great and I love it but in light of the Jimmy Graham situation would wonder if new ground is being broken with regard to figuring compensation, cap numbers, etc. Perhaps you could do a piece on this subject as I think the Cardinals have been one of the more innovative teams doing this and I have to wonder if this isn’t playing into Patrick Peterson’s contract negotiations?

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