Steve Keim named Pro Football Talk’s 2014 NFL Executive of the Year

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has been on the run non-stop since taking over for Rod Graves after the 2012 season. In 2013, Keim made 193 roster moves, and they paid off big time, as the Cardinals wound up 10-6 in his first year as general manger and Bruce Arians’ first year as head coach.

Those moves and the resulting record earned Keim the 2013 NFL Executive of the Year award by Pro Football Talk.

Keim didn’t stop there in Year Two. This season, Keim made 217 roster moves and that paid off in an 11-5 season and a Wild Card playoff berth.

For that, Keim repeats as NFL Executive of the Year.

“The second-year General Manger quietly has compiled one of the best rosters in the NFL, building the kind of depth that allows the “next man up” concept to not collapse onto itself,” Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said.

“Paired up with coach Bruce Arians, there never has been — and never will be — any talk of rifts or mutual partings or hidden agendas,” Florio said. “Keim and Arians are joined at the hip, and they’ll either succeed or fail together.”

Other finalists for the award were Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones, Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson and Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider.

Some numbers of note on Keim since he became Cardinals general manager:

  • Of the 53 players on the Cardinals 2014 roster, 40 were acquired by Keim in the last two seasons. 17 of the 40 players were either drafted by Keim or signed with the Cardinals as rookie free agents.
  • The Cardinals free agent signings over the last two seasons: QBs Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, LB Larry Foote, D-linemen Tommy Kelly and Frostee Rucker, CBs Antonio Cromartie and Jerraud Powers and O-linemen Jared Veldheer, Paul Fanaika and Ted Larsen.
  • Of the 310 points the Cardinals scored during the regular season, 244 were scored by players Keim brought in during the last two seasons. 176 of the 310 points were scored by players the team didn’t have in 2013.




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