UNCATEGORIZED

Cardinals’ GM Steve Keim ‘not satisfied’ with punting situation

Dec 5, 2016, 9:50 AM | Updated: 11:15 am
Arizona Cardinals punter Drew Butler. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)...
Arizona Cardinals punter Drew Butler. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager

The Arizona Cardinals got a much-needed win Sunday when they downed the Washington Redskins 31-23 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

While getting back in the win column can do wonders for a lot of what has been ailing an underachieving team, it’s not a cure-all.

One issue that has plagued the Cardinals all season was still present in their most recent triumph: punting.

Drew Butler averaged just 39.7 yards on three punts Sunday, mostly failing to affect field position when the Cardinals saw drives stall.

Most notably, Butler’s final punt of the day, which came with 7:26 left in the second quarter, fell short of where it needed to be. Leading 7-3, the Cardinals faced a 4th-and-15 at their own 20-yard line. Butler’s punt traveled 28 yards, out of bounds, allowing Washington to start a possession in Arizona territory at the 48-yard line. Eleven plays later, Washington got a field goal from Dustin Hopkins to pull to within a point at 7-6

Steve Keim, the team’s general manager, isn’t exactly happy with what he’s seen.

“Not satisfied at all,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Monday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “Like any other position, there are expectations, and at that spot right now, we’re not living up to expectations.

“It’s a results-based business, and if you’re not getting the job done, we’ll look and see if there’s someone who can.”

Butler won the punting job in training camp, but struggled early in the season with ineffectiveness and injuries. He was actually waived in early October with an injury settlement and replaced by veteran Ryan Quigley. The punting game didn’t get much better with Quigley handling the job, and Butler was brought back in mid-November.

Butler’s 41.3 gross average and 35.4 net average rank dead last among NFL punters.

“You’re in some critical situations, and it’s not like you have a backup punter you can put in if a guy is having a rough day,” Keim said. “We’ll certainly talk about that today and see where it goes moving forward.”

Uncategorized

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) speaks during the first half of an NFL football game...
Arizona Sports

Panthers’ Sam Darnold getting MRI on shoulder ahead of Cardinals game

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold is getting an MRI on his shoulder, head coach Matt Rhule told reporters on Monday.
3 months ago
Arizona Cardinals WR A.J. Green runs through drills during practice Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Te...
Arizona Sports

Reports: Cardinals’ A.J. Green, Demetrius Harris placed on COVID-19 list

The Arizona Cardinals have reportedly placed wide receiver A.J. Green and tight end Demetrius Harris on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
3 months ago
...
Promotions

Return of the Hottest Tickets

4 months ago
Follow @AZSports...
Arizona Sports

Cards-Vikes Relateds

Follow @AZSports
4 months ago
  You will automatically win tickets to the ASU home opener (September 2) or to see ASU take o...
Promotions

Arizona Sports Valley Virtual Series

  You will automatically win tickets to the ASU home opener (September 2) or to see ASU take on UNLV on September 11! Register below
5 months ago
Come join us as we cheer on our hometown playoff basketball team. Catch the next Renaissance watch ...
Promotions

Renaissance watch parties

Come join us as we cheer on our hometown playoff basketball team. Catch the next Renaissance watch party when the playoff team is back home. Located in the Grand Ballroom of Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel enjoy food, drinks, and playoff basketball on our projector screens. Enjoy watch parties for every away game inside Dust Cutter. […]
7 months ago
Cardinals’ GM Steve Keim ‘not satisfied’ with punting situation