ARIZONA CARDINALS

Bidwill: Cardinals moving forward during GM Steve Keim’s suspension

Jul 27, 2018, 3:57 PM | Updated: 11:19 pm
Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill joins The Doug & Wolf Show on 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports ...
Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill joins The Doug & Wolf Show on 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station for an in-studio interview on Feb. 13, 2018. (Matt Layman/Arizona Sports)
(Matt Layman/Arizona Sports)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said the team is moving forward in a business-like fashion in the wake of general manager Steve Keim’s suspension after he pleaded guilty to extreme DUI.

The remaining front office staffers are staying in their lanes for Keim’s expected five-week suspension, Bidwill said Friday after Cardinals players opened 2018 training camp with a conditioning test.

“We can pretty much predict Steve’s decisions here with great accuracy. We’re going to try to make the decisions Steve Keim would make,” Bidwill said. “We feel there has been no drop-off here from his absence.

“The only issues that I’m really weighing in is some decisions on player signings. I’m trying to just move along in a very business-like fashion.”

Arizona, which by rule has not had contact with its general manager during his suspension, has continued roster churning.

This week, the team signed safety Tre Boston, plus defensive ends Arthur Moats and Jacquies Smith.

Keim was arrested in the early hours of July 4 on suspicion of DUI. His blood alcohol content registered at .19, according to the Chandler Police Department’s forensic report, and he pleaded guilty at a Chandler court on July 17, the same day the GM began his suspension.

Arizona also fined Keim $200,000, a total that will be donated to the Arizona chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

“It was not a mistake, it was not an accident. He made a conscientious decision to drive after he’d been drinking,” Bidwill said Friday. “This day and age, there’s no excuse to drink and drive. People can be hurt or killed. It’s something, there’s no excuse. I’ve had the conversation with our staff, with our players, and to talk about what the expectations are.

“Because of his position and because of all the circumstances, I feel like it was an appropriate response and punishment,” Bidwill added. “Again, I factored in everything and wanted to have a swift, strong response.”

Keim will not be allowed to return to work until he has “completed comprehensive counseling and evaluation programs as well as mandatory DUI education,” the Cardinals said in a statement about his suspension. The general manager will also “participate in community programs related to DUI awareness.”

Keim will not return to the team until he has completed those requirements, regardless of whether five weeks have passed since July 17, Bidwill said Friday.

Meanwhile, Bidwill is sitting in on every meeting and receiving all transactional communications while his general manager is away.

“Guys have been doing their jobs,” first-year head coach Steve Wilks said. “Everybody’s circling the wagons, coming together, lots of communication. Michael’s heavily involved in the decision-making, making the final decision.

“Things are going smooth. We’re not sitting back and waiting, twiddling our thumbs.”

Added Bidwill: “(On a) personal level, I care about Steve a lot, but I have to do my job. It was important that I do it. For me, it was important that he know I’m not messing around and these are our rules and we’re going to follow them. And if you don’t, there are going to be consequences.”

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals assistant receivers coach Spencer Whipple on a Zoom press conference on Tuesday, ...
Kevin Zimmerman

Interim play-caller Spencer Whipple comforted by support from Cardinals’ staff

Spencer Whipple did let it rip. His play-sheet didn't as the interim play-caller helped the Arizona Cardinals to a win against the Browns.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals' Josh Mauro (97) runs defensive linemen drills during an NFL football training ca...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals sign DL Josh Mauro to practice squad

The Arizona Cardinals have signed a familiar face to the practice squad in defensive lineman Josh Mauro, the team announced.
1 day ago
CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 17: Zach Ertz of the Arizona Cardinals looks on prior to the game against...
Wills Rice

New Cardinals TE Zach Ertz bids farewell to Philadelphia in letter to fans

After playing eight years and winning a Super Bowl for the Eagles, the newest Cardinals TE Zach Ertz said an emotional goodbye to Philly.
1 day ago
Follow @AZSports...
Arizona Sports

Trivia Tuesday: Cardinals players with 800+ receiving yards in a season

Can you name every Cardinals player (since 1988) to have 800 or more receiving yards in a single season? Good luck, it's Trivia Tuesday!
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury applauds his players during NFL football training camp...
Arizona Sports

SI’s Breer: Kliff Kingsbury was on to Houston as Cardinals closed out Browns

Kliff Kingsbury handed off his duties as Cardinals coach and proceded to plan for the Houston Texans as his team played the Cleveland Browns.
2 days ago
Acting head coach defensive coordinator Vance Joseph of the Arizona Cardinals looks on during the f...
Tyler Drake

Gameday leftovers: Collective effort keeps Cardinals afloat in Week 6

With the odds stacked against them, the Arizona Cardinals pulled together to remain undefeated through six weeks.
2 days ago
Bidwill: Cardinals moving forward during GM Steve Keim’s suspension