Cardinals Notes: Mike McCoy, Josh Rosen, David Johnson, Steve Keim


Mike McCoy

  • The Cardinals officially fired OC Mike McCoy on Friday following their blowout loss to the Broncos. (NFLTR)
  • Ian Rapoport reports that within the team, there was frustration about McCoy’s lack of creativity, inability to get RB David Johnson going, and questions about how much he was putting on rookie QB Josh Rosen’s plate.
  • Regarding the decision to fire McCoy, Cardinals HC Steve Wilks said: “I felt we needed a change. … You definitely want to try to get David Johnson going in the road game and pass game. With Byron understanding some of the success he’s had in the past, hopefully we can tap back on that.” (Ian Rapoport)
  • Wilks said of the team’s coaching staff: “Right now it’s hard to say anyone (on staff) is going to be permanent.” (Darren Urban)

Josh Rosen

  • Cardinals RB QB Josh Rosen suffered a toe injury during Thursday’s game, but told reporters later that he is “fine” and that he was “just being soft” when he was holding his left foot: “If [Wilks] would’ve tried to pull me out, we would’ve definitely had to have a conversation about that one.” (
  • While it may not be a big deal, Kent Somers reports that Rosen is in a walking boot on Friday and getting an MRI on his injured toe.
  • Regarding his attempts to make things happen last night, Rosen said: “I think it’s kind of like an old saying I got in college from one of my coaches: Don’t turn a car crash into a fatality. I think sometimes you just got to make the smart play and I can’t just toss it up there or, I even got lucky on some of the fumbles that weren’t fumbles and some that were. I just got to take care of the ball for the most part and I think that was the biggest lesson I can take from the game.”
  • According to HC Steve Wilks, Rosen has a sprained left toe and should be okay to play against the 49ers next week.

David Johnson

  • Cardinals HC Steve Wilks said he’s hopeful that interim OC Byron Leftwich‘s prior experience working with RB David Johnson will help turn things around for their rushing attack: “With Byron being here before (in 2016) and being a part of that and understanding the success (Johnson) has had in the past, hopefully we can tap into that.” (Darren Urban)

Steve Keim

Cardinals GM Steve Keim mentioned during an interview with Arizona’s Sports Station 98.7 that he plans to come out “swinging like hell” to get the team back on track.

“When you are in this situation, it’s lonely,” Keim said, via “At the same time you find out a lot about yourself. You find out a lot about your organization. You have two choices. You can curl up in a ball and hope it goes away — which it’s not — or you come out swinging and fight.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m coming out swinging like hell.

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