Keim: Floyd has been excellent

Posted by Darren Urban on December 7, 2015 – 8:20 am

It got lost in the shuffle somewhat during the Cardinals’ win Sunday, but once again, wide receiver Michael Floyd had a very nice game. Included in it was the game-changing 31-yard catch Floyd made to convert a third down and spark the 98-yard touchdown drive that put the Cardinals in control. Floyd had the tough start this season coming off the hand injury of the preseason, but he’s a major component of the offense during this winning streak — even with his hamstring injury.

“It starts with a young man who has grown and matured the last couple of years,” General Manager Steve Keim said during his appearance Monday on the “Doug and Wolf Show” on Arizona Sports 98.7.

“He’s been excellent.”

Floyd’s contract option for 2016 was already picked up last summer. Keim said any extension would be discussed after the season — the pressing contracts are the guys who will be free agents. Floyd’s future once had some question marks in terms of being in Arizona. It’s hard to see the Cards not wanting to keep him.

Other Keim thoughts:

— The win over the Rams came across the whole 53-man roster, he said. “There’s a lot of credit to go around.”

— Keim was happy with the play of cornerback Justin Bethel, who signed a contract extension Saturday and was tested often Sunday, only to hold up. Bethel not only played all 50 defensive snaps, he also played a team-high 23 special teams snaps.

Keim said he told Bethel “not only does this contract reward you for you contribution on the past, but it acknowledges the expectations we have for you going forward.”

— The play of running back Kerwynn Williams isn’t unexpected. When the Cardinals reluctantly cut him at the end of the preseason, Keim said he was sure Williams was gone, soon to be claimed by another team. Then, even after Williams was available on the practice squad (twice, the Cards promoted him earlier this season and cut him again), no one grabbed him. Keim said he was “thankful” for that.

— No, it’s not great when rookie running back David Johnson fumbles. But Keim said it’s hard not to see Johnson’s “special qualities.” You want Johnson to improve, but the Cardinals may just find a way to live with it until Johnson does.

— Keim admitted watching live, he thought QB Carson Palmer was hit too much, but going back and watching the video, it is probably inevitable given the amount of pressure the Rams bring and the talent of the players who bring it. (Multiple Cardinals offensive linemen were shaking their head after the game at what a beast Rams DT Aaron Donald is and how hard it is to handle him.)

“As a GM, you hate to see quarterback get hit at all, but when you play the Rams, there are going to be some,” Keim said.

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23 Responses to “Keim: Floyd has been excellent”

  1. By Dynosoar on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    Scott H.,

    sorry, I should have clarified. My mentioning our team owner’s birthday was to answer why he got a bucket of water dumped on him yesterday.

  2. By MikeFlorio on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    Rams defensive line brought pressure, that 3 man rush was killing our third downs.

    Whats the time table on Frostee and the rest of our D-Lineman?
    Williams was a sparkplug and I am glad he got his 35 yard TD. Floyd is a Beast, moving forward I think we need a dominating ILB to solidify middle of the Run Defense.

  3. By Darren Urban on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    MikeFlorio —

    RE: DL

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they are back this week. We will see. Injury report later today.

  4. By D on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    The Cards dominated and they extended Bethel, I would say a great weekend.
    Stack the box versus AP and make Teddy beat you with his arm..I feel good about this game on Thurs.

  5. By Kevin S Mesa on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    Floyd makes some unbelievable catches. Not necessarily Odell Beckham-like one handed grabs, but just ones where he seems like there’s no chance because he’s so well covered, and he goes up and snatches it and is strong enough to pull it down.

    That said, whether we can find the money to extend him (and want to pay the money that will necessary to extend him) beyond his current deal remains to be seen.

  6. By DTL aka Patrick Hoog on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    Great effort, had to expect the win, takes nothing away from Cards’ excellence.

    Noticed Buc at ILB makes a lot of plays, limits gains/damge b/c of speed, also susceptible to getting sucked in or just walled off…Gurley 34 yd run, had him trapped from gap by much bigger OL. Of course, Bettch has seen in past, decision to live with a few of those as tradeoff understandable. Minter (not yest) often beat by those fast backs, wondered if Cards schemed to avoid those matchups yest? Noticed Weatherspoon’s # a few times, too.

    Drive from 2 encapsulates Cards’ excellence, Palmers throw/Floyd’s catch, so many plays on that drive…so much enjoyment for fans. So much fun to just sit back and watch this machine grind. Rook RB is something specia.l Noticed BA bear hug on Fisher, something going on there. Loving our Cards. DTL

  7. By Marlin on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    Great game. Man, this is a deep football team. I agree, draft time we need to go high for ILB…also for CB.

  8. By Scott H on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    Floyd is a beast. Have said before, when he is healthy, I think he is as capable of physically dominating a game as ANY WR out there right now. That includes Calvin….Julio….Antonio…Dez….anyone.

    Well…maybe anyone except that guy who wears #11 for that team in Arizona! NOBODY has hands like that guy! 🙂

  9. By John The Draft Guy on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    I was worried about this game. Mainly because the rams dominated the line of scrimmage in past games.

    Without CJ, I thought we would struggle to run the ball. But I have to tip my hat to this OLine. I thought Larsen did well, as he and Sendlin lined up against one of the best inside DLineman in Donald.

    Not only did the line block, but maybe the best game of blocking by the TEs and WRs. I look at the Williams Td, and it was as if Moses was behind the line and he parted the seas. Great job by all blocking.

    Everyone will be talking about the nice games DJ and KW had (as they should) but this line, TEs and WRs had a very good game against one of the best front 7’s in football.

    Other things I noticed;

    – Nick Foles is nothing but a back up in the NFL.

    – I can see why they think Bethel can be great. He is so close. Issues of locating the ball, along with a few other things, this guy could be average or great. With his new deal, I think he needs to emerge as the starter by next year.

    – 4 Olineman are Free agent signings. Our 3 draft picks are on the bench.

    – The drive from the two, after the rams scored and brought the game to 10-3, was a thing of beauty. It was much like the Seahawk drive. A team is gaining momentum and closing the gap and Palmer and crew says not so fast and drive down the field to make a statement.

    – Ronde Barber said what I have been saying, Buccanon should put on 10-15 pounds and embrace being a LB, cuz the kid is playing well and looks natural there.

    – I think Carolina is the only thing to prevent the cards from the superbowl. What a NFC Championship game that will be. Lets see, didn’t last time we go to the superbowl we had to travel to Carolina and beat the favored Panthers? Hmm.

  10. By Dr. G. on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    Floyd has been one of our very best WRs since the beginning of his time here. It is just difficult for him to always show it because of all the talent we have had since BA came aboard…spreading things around. Fitz had this problem in the past also. He’s always been one of my favs; and shows his value on the field, “”the beast who never boasts!””

    Good performance….Now to the Vikings. This can also be a sleeper//trap game. Never root the Seattle, but their win over the Vikings was good, ‘cuz that makes it harder for them to try to get one of the 2 byes in the playoffs. We need that bye to take the week off, and then get a team “”at home” that had to play while we rest.

    Awesome season, CARDS FANS… Real different with PALMER at the helm…

  11. By Dr. G. on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    Note: I have tried to watch the games on TV while listening to our guys on the radio…really frustrating ‘cuz the time delay ((about 45 seconds)) is just too long. Pasch and Wolf do a good job…I want the knowledgeable homers…!!

    Chris Myers is awful…calling us the St. Louis Cardinals, and calling our star QB “”Pomer”” not “”Palmer”” the entire game. He makes lots of noticeable errors. I thought Ronde was astute and fair for the most part in his observations.

    Darren, is there any way our broadcast can add a delay to coincide closer to the Fox broadcast? I want to hear our guys. Tech stuff, huh?

  12. By Darren Urban on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Radio/TV


  13. By Creditcard on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    Another good outing by the Cards. Agree with many posts — how or why wasn’t Kerwyn Williams not picked up?

    O-line did much better. Imagine, the receivers the Cards can’t get on the field because the starters are doing so well (Jaron Brown and Troy Niklas).

    D line will have another big test this Thursday. Gunter, Stinson, Mauro, and Williams need to set-up again. Stinson had a very good game —

  14. By Kevin on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply


    I know Arians is an offensively-minded coach and always wants the ball to start the game. However, we have a defense that is also playing great football. Has BA every talked about his mentality with always getting the ball first to start the game. Our offense seems like it would be perfect to do what NE does: Score last 2 mins of half and to open the 2nd half as well. Additionally in the playoffs if we ever get off to a rocky start, it seems beneficial to get the ball in the 2nd half..just curious thanks. Another great win!

  15. By Darren Urban on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    Kevin —

    RE: Ball first

    I don’t see that changing.

  16. By Richard S on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    RANK TEAM* RATING Win margin on neutral field Homefield 3 point advantage Won by
    1 CINCY(14) 99.55 2.64 5.64
    2 KC(10) 99.23 15.23 18.23
    3 ARIZ.(13) 99.08 10.67 13.67
    4 SEATTLE(2) 98.95 9.67 6.67
    5 CAROLINA(17) 98.15 10.35 13.35
    6 NE(5) 97.99 7.85 4.85
    7 PITT(9) 96.91 -2.64 -5.64
    8 DENVER(4) 96.72 11.31 14.31
    9 GBAY(1) 94.76 4.75 7.75
    10 BUFF(15) 93.14 3.67 0.67
    11 JETS(24) 90.96 8.77 11.77
    12 GIANTS(19) 90.52 3.25 0.25
    13 INDY(3) 90.14 7.08 4.08
    14 HOUSTON(16) 90.14 -7.85 -4.85
    15 DALLAS(6) 90.01 -4.75 -7.75
    16 PHIL(7) 89.47 -3.67 -0.67
    17 BALT(8) 89.28 -9.67 -6.67
    18 MINN(23) 88.41 -10.67 -13.67
    19 CHICAGO(26) 88.29 1.02 4.02
    20 DETROIT(18) 88.28 3.5 0.5
    21 ATL(21) 87.8 -10.35 -13.35
    22 TAMPA(29) 87.49 1.97 4.97
    23 WASH(28) 87.27 -1.02 -4.02
    24 MIA(11) 87.27 -3.25 -0.25
    25 NO(12) 85.52 -1.97 -4.97
    26 OAK(32) 85.41 -11.31 -14.31
    27 SANFRAN(25) 85.12 5.08 2.08
    28 RAMS(22) 84.78 -3.5 -0.5
    29 SD(20) 84 -15.23 -18.23
    30 JAX(30) 83.06 -7.08 -4.08
    31 TENNESEE(31) 82.19 -8.77 -11.77
    32 CLEVELAND(27) 80.04 -5.08 -2.08
    12/16 correct in week 13
    After week 13, 126/192 65.63%
    Initial ESPN power rank in parenthesis after team name.
    Inside the NFL correct picks after wk 12 B. Esiason 109/176,
    Phil Sims 110/176. The system above 114/176 after wk. 12
    Cards move back to #3 rating.
    Wrong picks Eagles, Niner, Jets, Cowboys games
    Cardinals wkly. rating 13/12/7/5/5/3/3/3/3/4/2/3/4/3

    I need to learn Spanish. The touchdown calls are much more exciting in Spanish.

  17. By georgiebird on Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

    The flex of the Cards-Eagles game to Sunday night is very bad news. The early afternoon temperature on Dec 20 is expected to be about 52- the 10pm temperature is expected to be 39 degrees.
    This is a major issue against an Eagles team still fighting for the division and used to the colder temperatures.
    It’s one thing for the Cards to play in the Northeast in late December- it borders on being unfair to make that game a night game.

  18. By JohnnyBluenose on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    JTDG….I would not be shocked if the NFC Championship game is played at UofP Stadium, maybe against Seattle. Wouldn’t that be great? And you would be there to see it. Me too, maybe.

  19. By JohnnyBluenose on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    georgiebird…..39 degrees is not bad at all as long as it is not raining. the good thing about playing at night is that our guys are not messed up by the difference in the time zone. if it was an afternoon game they would be starting at 10 am or 11am in arizona time which means getting to the stadium around 6 am. a big adjustment for our guys.

  20. By John The Draft Guy on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply


    I am proud to say that wouldn’t be the first time I sat in U of P and watched the cards in a NFC Championship game. Still, to this day, I have never heard a crowd louder than the final drive by the Eagles in that game. I could not hear my brother right next to me. And yes, I have been to seattle.

    Seattle is picking up steam, but for them or GB to go to Carolina and knock off Cam, I don’t see it. I think the thing about Carolina that is different in past years is the offense can score a lot and quickly.

    But I think this defense can stand up to the challenge. Especially, knowing our offense is going to score a lot and quickly also.

  21. By Coach K on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    The numbers look like the Cards have an excellent chance to finish 13-3 and secure the #2 spot in the playoffs. However, it is highly possible Carolina could lose 2 games. If I’m wrong and the Cardinals win out, then I wonder who gets home field advantage if both teams are 13-3?

  22. By Coach K on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    Darren, If we have the same record as Carolina at the end of the season, who gets home field advantage for the playoffs?

  23. By Darren Urban on Dec 9, 2015 | Reply

    Coach K —

    RE: Panthers tiebreak

    If the Cardinals tie the Panthers, the Cardinals own the tiebreaker.

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