Keim isn’t worried about Coop

Posted by Darren Urban on August 4, 2014 – 9:25 am

During his weekly radio spot on Arizona Sports 98.7 with Doug and Wolf, General Manager Steve Keim said he really wasn’t worried about left guard Jonathan Cooper, even though Bruce Arians had said he was disappointed in how the 2013 first-round pick had played up until this point. Keim noted Cooper’s “pretty significant injury” and said it’s just a matter of Cooper getting through his rust. The nature of the broken leg doesn’t help either.

“When you are in a serious car accident, when you get behind the wheel the next several times there is going to be some concern and a mental hurdle to get over,” Keim said. “But the more you drive your car, the more comfortable you’ll feel.”

It does not help that Cooper is battling Calais Campbell, whom the Cardinals see as a Pro Bowl type and who Keim said continues to get better. Cooper, Keim believes, will be fine. “When you think about where he was at this time last year, he walked through baggage claim and he was our best offensive lineman,” Keim said, “so our expectations are a little higher than most.”

Other Keim obersevations:

— He thought Kevin Minter’s showing Saturday, especially in the live goal line drill, was an example of why Minter’s game will help the Cards so much against the run.

— He likes what he has seen in the growth from running back Andre Ellington and Michael Floyd and is intrigued by the battle for fifth receiver between Jaron Brown and Walt Powell.

— Keim liked how Bobby Massie has looked in practice. The comments around Massie are 180 degrees from what decision-makers were saying about him a year ago.

— He’s excited how physical rookie safety Deone Bucannon has been once the pads went on. “My man looks like he’s possessed out there, to the point where Bruce has had to pull him asisde and remind him he can’t hurt our own players,” Keim said.

— On a side note, John McClain, the Texans beat writer and the Godfather of media out in Houston, tweeted today that starters like Andre Johnson, Arian Foster and Jadaveon Clowney are not expected to play at University of Phoenix Stadium Saturday in the preseason opener against the Cardinals.

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15 Responses to “Keim isn’t worried about Coop”

  1. By kenny on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    just a little wisdom minter is going to be great as long as he stays healthy he will be better than dansby and that says a lot that man is fast and hits like a animal by years end he will dominate

  2. By gary smith on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    im glad Steve said that about Cooper, I do not think a coach should air out dirty laundry in the press. My first live football game was Thanksgviing Lions vs Packer 1949. So i am not a rookie

  3. By br in nc on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    Gary Smith

    Ok, gotta know, were you at the game, or in the game in 1949? Either way, kudos to you, quite impressive!! Here’s to 30 more years as a Cardinals fan!!

  4. By clssylssy on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    Excellent interview with Keim. I have always been excited to get players from LSU as Les Miles seems to know how to teach the game and technique. Nonetheless, it seems to take most players at least a year to three to hit their stride, understand the nuances (don’t hurt our own players in practice trying to make an impression…lol) and just get “in the zone” with personal security playing in the NFL. I feel the same way as Keim about Cooper but a lot of fans will mark him a slow learner based upon BA’s remarks (in context or out of context). I’m really feeling pretty good about the depth we are building but am still a little uncomfortable assuming anything about the defense as it seems we are doing a lot of “patching” in some areas.
    Not surprised that the Texans aren’t playing their top starters the first preseason game, it’s a glorified real time practice in essence so why risk injury? I’m just hoping that we don’t take risks in the 4th game against the Chargers as the next week will be for real and a MUST WIN AT HOME for the Cards opener.

  5. By Travis on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    I am driving down to watch the game Saturday. Really was looking forward to seeing J. Clown.

  6. By Mike G on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is cool! Great job in covering A-Williams at the HOF–some really good articles and videos on the website. Looking forward to some live football at the end of the week. I think Keim is on the money in what he said about Cooper. He had a nasty injury and it will take some time to shake the rust and to trust in his leg.The pre-season games should be good for Cooper –he needs live game action. I think Minter will do fine against the run– he just needs to play and improve.Hey Darren–Speaking of run defense which the Card’s were number one in the NFL last season—How is Ta’amu doing in his rehab????–would love to see him come back ahead of schedule!!

  7. By Darren Urban on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Taamu

    Still on PUP. Not sure how quickly he’ll be back.

  8. By John The Draft Guy on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    Who the heck is #75 Bruce Gatson?

    Watch this film people and see just how many times he blows up into the back field. Love how on the second or third play he is in the backfield forcing the back to cut. He also destroys #73 two plays after the Dwyer TD to the outside.

    I know nothing of the guy and he might be a long shot but he caught my eye in that little film above.

    On the flip side, number 56. Ugly at filling the hole. Stintson goes inside which opens a hole add 56 is suppose to fill the hole, Instead he ducks head and only gets an arm on him. He does it again later . Not the way to make a team.

  9. By Darren Urban on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Gaston

    BA mentioned how impressed he was with Gaston today.

  10. By T. Stone on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    Starters won’t be playing in the preseason game? That’s ok, that is why the preseason tickets are cheaper than the regular season. Wait….there not? DOH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. By John The Draft Guy on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    Thanks Darren,

    That’s good to hear. I wanted to watch Minter but my eye just kept going to #75. I had to go to the roster to see who he was.

    Look forward to seeing him play in the game on Saturday.

  12. By Scott H on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    Yeah, as I expressed elsewhere, how can the broken leg NOT be in Cooper’s head right now? That will subside as the leg holds up ( God, I hope it holds up! ) and his focus can revert to just playing football. But he has to be grappling with how much to trust the leg at this point. Shoot, I would be, too.

    It is just SO great to hear so many positive observations coming out of camp. Sure as hell is better than watching a QB competition between Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson and knowing we were pretty much screwed either way…

  13. By krehbieo14 on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    As Keim indicated, a huge part of what’s going on with Coop is mental. It will take time before he fully trust his leg. When gets off the turf, you can see that he is protecting it. Game atmosphere will help him immensely. I am sure he will get a lot of reps in preseason. He’s a good kid! He’ll be fine.

  14. By gary smith on Aug 4, 2014 | Reply

    at the game i also was at the game when the Detroit Lions won the World Championship over the Cleveland Browns which Bobby Layne #22 won it late in the game. thanks for asking

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