The Arizona Cardinals are mulling “sweeping changes” for the 2019 season, according to Jason La Canfora.
As for Cardinals first year HC Steve Wilks, La Canfora says that it would be a “major surprise” if Arizona isn’t back in the head-coaching market next month and the real question is whether or not the changes extend to the team’s front office.
Wilks is a former defensive coordinator. However, his defense has really struggled this year and La Canfora expects the Cardinals’ focus to be on finding someone to help develop QB Josh Rosen long-term.
Should the Cardinals fire GM Steve Keim, La Canfora mentions that he is a “strong candidate” to join the Raiders’ front office. La Canfora adds that Keim has a reputation around the league as a strong evaluator, he’s adept at building a roster and an organization within football operations, and he has the kind of personality and reputation that would mesh well with Gruden.
Keim began working for the Cardinals as a college scout back in 1999. Arizona promoted him to Director of College Scouting in 2006 and later elevated him to Director of Player Personnel in 2008.
After one year as the Cardinals’ VP of player personnel, Keim took over as the team’s GM for the 2013 season. Arizona signed Keim to a four-year extension through the 2022 season back in February.
During his five years as the Cardinals’ GM, Keim has led the team to a record of 52-40-1, which includes two playoff appearances.
We’ll have more regarding the Cardinals as the news is available.