On this Tuesday morning, General Manager Steve Keim is flying out. It’s to visit Ohio State, he said during his appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports 98.7, and it’s also to speak to agents about contract extensions. Now, Keim was careful not to mention who. It could be about a veteran like a Chris Johnson or Jermaine Gresham, guys that are on one-year deals. It could also be about one of the many defensive backs who are coming into free agency, like Justin Bethel or Rashad Johnson or Jerraud Powers. Maybe a combination, or someone else. But given the amount of potential free agents the Cardinals can have after the season, locking someone down seems prudent if a deal can be reached.
— Keim said he can’t argue with the win Monday night. But given that it could’ve — and maybe should’ve — ended 27-10, “I certainly would’ve been a lot happier.”
— He called the fourth-quarter special-teams “meltdown” — with the missed extra point and the punt block, “the most disappointing.”
— The offensive line protected fairly well, Keim said, and he called Carson Palmer’s 20-for-29 night with 2 TDs and no picks “efficient.” He also said, in terms of the offensive line, “I still don’t think we’ve played our best football up front.” That will come as the group continues to grow together as the season rolls along.
— No word yet on cornerback Powers’ hamstring. But as I said last night, that’s one of those positions on an otherwise deep roster that can least afford an injury.
— Keim called the play in which running back Chris Johnson got up and finished a 62-yard scamper a “heads-up play” although he said he wished Johnson would have been slightly more patient and waited for a John Brown block so he could’ve finished the touchdown run. (As a side note, the Cardinals only got three points out of that whole thing.)
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