Keim: Cards healthier after bye

Posted by Darren Urban on January 11, 2016 – 8:05 am

There wasn’t much new to talk about this morning when General Manager Steve Keim made his appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports 98.7. That happens when the Cardinals don’t have a game. But Keim did note that the Cardinals’ bye gave certain players needed rest — the roster should be fairly healthy by the time game day rolls around. Keim specifically noted that running back Andre Ellington benefited as he continues to work with his sore toe, and quarterback Carson Palmer got another week to take care of his sore finger.

A couple of other Keim thoughts:

— The Packers ran the ball much better Sunday in Washington. Offensively, they “looked like they got some of their swag back,” Keim said. We’ll see how much that had to do with going against a defense that was down near the bottom of the league.

— As for facing a team that the Cards beat up, 38-8, a few weeks back, “I’m sure they will use that last game as some fuel to their fire,” Keim said. It’s kind of the opposite of what the Cardinals would deal with against the Seahawks. A little bit, at least.

— Keim fully expects the Packers to have “some different wrinkles.” “We just have to focus and have intensity,” Keim said.

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11 Responses to “Keim: Cards healthier after bye”

  1. By 'ZonaFan89 on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    As long as we show up at our best, we’ll win this game. Maybe not another 38-8 beatdown, but it doesn’t have to be. All we need is a win, no matter how it comes. Let’s go Cardinals!! RiseUpRedSea!!

  2. By CC#93 on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    Hi Darren, please remind every player you see this week about Rogers saying how this week will be different a different outcome since we basically got beat down by the Seahawks and now the Packers are great again. Please encourage them to double the sack total from last game.

  3. By Darren Urban on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    CC —

    RE: Rodgers

    Where did Rodgers say that?

  4. By LadyBird04 on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply


    Rodgers quote was played on Doug & Wolf this morning, think it took place during his post-game presser. He’s just stirring the pot, as per his style and oft-time misplaced bravado.

  5. By CC#93 on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    Heard it on Doug and Wolf this morning. Interview with him after game. I just though he sounded a little cocky for someone who got beat down by Cards and only had to play Washington in Wild card.

  6. By Mike G on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    Yo Darren–Hope all is good & that you enjoyed the games yesterday. No real upsets to me over the weekend. The 4 teams left are the best remaining in the NFC. The NFC East was down this year & I thought the Pack would beat the Skins yesterday. Hopefully there is a buzz at the Card’s facility today & that should increase as the week progresses. The week off should be big for the Big Red. I’m sure Arians will get this team heavily motivated as Saturday nears. To me the big key to this upcoming game is the Pack OL versus the Card’s D!!! The Packers need to run the ball to win this game–Card’s must control that aspect so Rodgers can’t play action. Looking for Ellington to produce for the Card’s & as always try and win the turnover battle. Card’s have played good ball the last 3 years under Arians & it is time to reward him with a playoff win!!!! Darren–Do you think the Card’s will have a little extra motivation for this game after last years loss to Carolina(especially being shorhanded by injuries)???????

  7. By Darren Urban on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Extra motivation

    I don’t believe in “extra” motivation. Especially not in the playoffs. It’s the playoffs.

  8. By Dynosoar on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    I keep hearing Seattle is the team no one wants to face in the playoffs. They didn’t look like that team on Sunday. Only the Chiefs looked really impressive to me, everyone else looked mediocre.

    Well, at least the Bengals and the Steelers showed a lot of fight.

    I must be no one, because I want to face the Packers, the Panthers or the Seahawks and whoever the AFC wants to serve up. I want whoever there is at this point.

    Given the season, I would think the Cardinals are the team no one wants to face (except everyone in the playoffs probably is thinking the same. they want to face everyone, except for the Patriots not wanting to face the Steelers, if we belive the pundits.)

    Should be a good playoff weekend and a great one for Cardinals fans everywhere.

    The Lombardi Trophy or Nothing at All!

  9. By black on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply


    We are going to kill GB.

  10. By Zach on Jan 12, 2016 | Reply


    I recall from week 16 when we played the Pack, there was a ton of plays where we rushed 4 and dropped 7. Even with this, the run game didn’t seem to be much of a factor in that game.

    Given the way Starks and Lacy ran the ball on Washington, do you think the Cards defense plays more guys up in the box this time around? I feel like we would see guys like Deone Bucannon playing close to the line and disguising blitz/dropping into coverage. Just curious on your take as to what type of defensive scheme Bettcher might bring this Saturday.


  11. By Darren Urban on Jan 12, 2016 | Reply

    Zach —

    RE: Defensive scheme

    The Packers will have a healthier offensive line, so we’ll see if the 4-man rush still is as effective. I don’t see the plan being drastically different.

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