Seeking questions for Keim and Arians

Posted by Darren Urban on February 18, 2016 – 10:31 am

The NFL Scouting combine has almost arrived. Next week the Cardinals (and every other team) will be sending personnel to Indianapolis to scouting the 300 or so college players invited that are expected to be drafted in a couple of months. It’s also the time when decision makers like Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians take some time to not only answer some questions from the media, but also from the fans.

As has been the recent custom, I’ll be sitting down with both Arians and Keim for a video chat while in Indy. What I’ll ask them is up to you. Submit your questions either in the comments below, or via Twitter (using the hashtag #CardsCombine) or you can even e-mail me at Be sure to indicate if the question is for Arians or Keim. I’ll get to as many as I can.


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35 Responses to “Seeking questions for Keim and Arians”

  1. By Dana Francis on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    For Coach Arians: You said recently that the Cardinals have no needs. I wonder if you could clarify this; my take is that the Cardinals are currently stronger than they’ve ever been since you became coach, and though we have weaknesses (not a definitive pass rusher for example), we don’t have glaring “needs.” Is this what you meant, and if not, then what?

  2. By Melvin Nobi on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    For Steve Keim: You’ve mentioned in the past that you’ve moved up (or tried to move up) for certain players based on the fact that you were aware another team was about to take that player (e.g. Rodney Gunter). How do you obtain that kind of information?

  3. By Melvin Nobi on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    For Bruce: Whats the most memorable interview you’ve had at the combine, and why?

  4. By Melvin Nobi on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    For Bruce: Do you think it’s fair to say that the team has struggled to defend mobile QBs in recent years? What do you see as the key to changing that?

  5. By sportsblogger16 on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    For Bruce Arians: Does the no risk it, no biscuit mentality you have translate over to drafting and life in general?

  6. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    Five questions for SK and BA;

    1. What are the plans for Deone Buccanon next year? LB or Safety?

    2. When looking at an edge rusher at OLB in the draft, do you want a bigger guy who can hold the edge ( ala Julius Peppers with GB) or a more athletic smaller guy (ala Von Miller) who has a lighting quick step but can also run with RBs down the sideline?

    3. Is Bethel your starting CB or will you draft/sign competition for that spot?

    4. Will you upgrade RG and Center? Do you think Humphries will start at RT?

    5. Is there a QB you are interested in who might be available AFTER round 2 or even After round 3 ?

  7. By D on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    I realize Mr. Keim won’t say specific free agent names or draft pick names, but could you ask him if this offseason plan is in the ballpark, somewhat feasible or I am crazy and not realistic.

    1)-current players:
    extend C. Campbell and M. Floyd (increase Cap space)
    resign J. Powers
    work out contracts for T. Jefferson and RJ Swearinger

    2)-free agents:
    B. Irvin OLB
    W. Hayes DE
    K. Beachum Swing Tackle
    Best available Long snapper

    3)-Draft: (based on no movement/trades and the chance that these players are available)

    Round 1:
    A. Washington DT or V. Butler DT
    (these two could learn a lot from Frostee)

    Round 2:
    N. Martin C or M. Tuerk C
    (player would have to out play AQ)

    Round 3:
    M. Canady CB or D. Hall CB
    (push/compete with Bethel or 4th CB)

    Round 4:
    D. Lasco RB
    (speed RB to backup Johnson and Ellington)

    Remaining rounds; WR, LB
    (special team depth)

    Thank you

    PS. Never can go wrong eating at Shula’s Steakhouse in Indy.

  8. By Jeff Ambrose on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    For Steve Keim: You have mentioned before that you look at many mock drafts to prepare for the actual draft. With so many mock drafts having teams selecting so many different players, how do you determine which mock drafts are useful to you in preparing for the actual draft?

  9. By JohnnyBluenose on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    Hi Darren….I’d like to know if either of them read your blog and read the comments (which are mostly from Cardinals fans) that your words generate.

  10. By Scott H on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    What’s the plan for the QB position? And what REALLY accounts for the way Palmer played since the finger injury?? If it wasn’t the finger, does anything else explain it?

  11. By Anthony on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    Arians – What do you like to tell players during the combine interviews?

    Kiem – (In the context of team chemistry) When you’re building a team – evaluating the person and the player – what are the top 3 locker room intangibles you look for in a player?

  12. By Abijith Krishnan on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    Hi Darren, here are my questions
    For Keim: How likely is it that we get a pass rusher in the draft that can contribute by the end of the season?

    For BA: Are there players on the team right now who you think could make the leap and become a great pass rusher?

    For BA: Our offensive line play seemed to deteriorate in the playoffs. Was there anything specific that triggered it?

  13. By Tyler on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    Steve Keim:

    How much stock do you put into NFL combine performances? On one hand, the franchise has, of late, succeeded in picking speedy Wide Receivers — while on the other, historically, the team has not shied away from taking an Anquan Boldin (whose 40 yard dash, at the time, of course, left something to be desired — yet was a fantastic pick nevertheless).

    Thanks Darren!

  14. By CreditCard on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    From my layman’s point of view, it appears the NFL is somewhat like a fraternity. That is, each team is different, but there appears to be a brethren bond between players, coaches, front offices etc…

    Mr. Arians: Can you name a few current head or assistant coaches currently in the NFL and on a non-cardinal team that you have a lot of admiration or respect for and why?

    Mr. Keim: Same as above, only for other GM’s and front office personnel.

    I would suspect at the combine there are player(s) you really like, and for that matter dislike. I would suspect, the combine has an element of a poker game gamesmanship within it during the combine between the 32-NFL teams. Can both Mr. Arians and Mr. Keim provide a previous example of building up a player they had no intention of drafting, and a player they gave woeful reviews in hopes of selecting the player during the draft.

  15. By mal on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    For Mr. Keim – One time you say you cant draft for need, the next time you say you have to build a pass rush through the draft — how do you resolve, or balance, that contradiction?

    For Coach – In a perfect world, how long you would like a rookie QB of the future to sit and learn as back-up before becoming the starter?

    Also for Coach, please ask – In the red zone, why in the hell do we keep throwing unsuccessful corner fades to little John Brown instead of number 11, who has always been sure money with the corner fade?

  16. By cardcor on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    To Steve Keim or Bruce Arians:
    I’m a firm believer in the virtual technology training system that the team has been embracing/Palmer has been using.
    Is there a way that system can inject ultra serious tension into the user to simulate playoff level competition?
    Or is there still only one way to gain that experience?

  17. By Cardinalchris on Feb 19, 2016 | Reply

    Will SK and BA be joining the QB trash can toss competitions next year?

  18. By Cardinalchris on Feb 19, 2016 | Reply

    Can we get some cheerleaders in the bucket toss next year?

  19. By texascard on Feb 19, 2016 | Reply

    What is the current plan for cooper and humphries? What about the oline as a whole and what was going on with some of their struggles at the end of the year? And I’m just a fan but number 31 looked at times to have the potential to be special, how good can he be?

  20. By Sherrye on Feb 19, 2016 | Reply

    Can you explain the Futures Contract and how it benefits the team and the players?

  21. By John Valenzuela on Feb 19, 2016 | Reply

    At what point does drafting a young QB become important? With Palmer ageing and no young QB in sight when does this become a priority in drafting/free agency?

  22. By Cactus jeff on Feb 19, 2016 | Reply

    Mr Keim: As GM, which player the Cardinals lost in free agency haunts you the most, and which would have made the biggest difference in the Panthers game?

  23. By david on Feb 19, 2016 | Reply

    Mr B.A and Mr.Kiem please go after james laurinaitis:D!

  24. By atillathehans on Feb 20, 2016 | Reply

    What intangible trait (character, on the field awareness, reputation with teammates and coaches) moves you the most during the scouting and interview process?

  25. By Marc Ranger on Feb 20, 2016 | Reply

    Keim and Arians,

    What is your favorite part of the scouting combine? Are there some drills you pay attention to more than others depending on the position? How much does the scouting combine come into play when drafting in April?

    Also, this isn’t a question, but I would love to see AZ get a solid Tight End! I don’t know if there are any in the draft, but oh man….can you imagine adding a serious TE lining up next to Fitz, Brown, Nelson, and Floyd! Who would stop us!? NOBODY! Thats who!

  26. By NJAzCardsFan on Feb 20, 2016 | Reply

    For BA: Are there any QB’s currently in the NFL, that have been or you expect to be waived, released that you might consider picking up as a FA….???.

  27. By rod on Feb 20, 2016 | Reply

    Question for Keim

    Why does Ron Wolfley call you Decka?



  28. By Craig on Feb 20, 2016 | Reply

    Personally I would do what it takes within reason to acquire Alex Mack. Then trade up and get a pass rusher, which ever one you think is best. I don’t believe your team needs much else except another shut down corner and more help on the D-line.

  29. By Cody Zarr on Feb 21, 2016 | Reply

    Mr. Arians, I offer you a multiple choice question. Which of the following things is the most dependable;

    Number A: Michelle Obama’s fashion sense
    Number B: The Onion
    Number C: Death and Taxes
    Number D: Larry Fitzgerald’s hands

  30. By Mark R on Feb 22, 2016 | Reply

    What are our plans for Larry Fitzgerald? If he wants to continue playing after the 2016 season, are we going to try resigning him? Or are we going to move on with our younger receivers? We all deserve rings. But more so Fitz. I can see Fitz maybe taking another pay cut to play with Brady or Rodgers to finally get that ring. Since its his last year you would think it creates a sense of urgency to win now. Right?

  31. By Darren Urban on Feb 22, 2016 | Reply

    Mark R —

    RE: Fitz

    I think Fitz past 2016 is TBD. You are assuming he will want to keep playing at that point.

  32. By clssylssy on Feb 22, 2016 | Reply

    It seems with the Rams move to LA, their abundance of Cap money, good draft position, and young talented defense, this may be a make it or break it year for the Cards. Don’t you feel that perhaps our time is now and perhaps being a little more aggressive in signing FAs or trading for proven playmakers and going off script might be warranted? Denver got tired of being “always the bridesmaid”, went out and bought a defense and got the ring; some of us would like to see the Cards do that…any chance?

  33. By Richard McCullough on Feb 22, 2016 | Reply

    What is the status of Darryl Washington? Will he ever be reinstated? Would the Cardinals take him back at this point?


  34. By Michael stofko on Feb 23, 2016 | Reply

    Is there any chance at all that D-Wash will be back next year?

    I saw Bobby Massie make a great tackle on an intercepted pass and thought, “Man, if you don’t want to keep him as an OL, might wanna try him out at DT. He fits the mold” Any thoughts on that?

    Tyler Matakevich from Temple is a beast of a tackler. Reminds me of Kuechly. Over 100 tackles in each of his 4 college seasons. Will we be looking at him seriously?

  35. By NJAzCardsFan on Feb 23, 2016 | Reply

    For BA- What do you feel was the focal point in the Panthers game that caused the collapse….???

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