started with the team as a scout in 1999 and rose through
the organization, most recently serving as vice president
in charge of player personnel. That was a prominent
role, but not one that put him in the way of criticism.
Like most scouts, Keim got little credit for good decisions,
and a little blame for the bad ones. Now he is in front
of the curtains. And he's fine with that. It's a job
he's dreamed of since he was a kid.
told my mother when I was 9 years old that I wanted
to be an NFL general manager." he said. "She
sort os snickered and told me, 'If you only worked on
your math and your science as hard as you did on knowing
these players, you may end up being successful."
40, has been successful. But this is also the most challenging
job he's had. The previous general manager, Rod Grave,
didn't have an autonomy. Team president Michael Bidwill
is involved daily in all facets of the football operations,
and personnel decisions must be cleared through him.
And while Keim participated in the search for a new
coach, the final call was Bidwill's. Keim will only
be as aggressive and bold as Bidwill allows him to be.
said two moments in Cardinals history motivate him.
"one is obviously the day that I stood on the field
in 2008 when we won the NFC championship and all that
confetti was sticking to my sweaty head. The other thought
that drives me crazy is when I was sitting at our game
in seattle this year and we lost 58-0, this league and
then every other team is doing the same thing- it is
a revolving door where they are searching like we are."