Proving the case for severing ties with Steve Kim

The Arizona Cardinals roster is a mess. Even if it looks good on paper, the field production shows an entirely different product.

Steve Kim is a foil to Kevin Colbert. Who is Kevin Colbert? He served as general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2010 to 2022, and from 2000 to 2010 he was director of player personnel. He played a huge role in building the Steelers to Super Bowl Champions in 2005 and 2008.

And maybe Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Kim should be singing his swan song, given the way he practically gave the Redbirds windows that are getting smaller by the year. There’s a huge difference between Keim and Colbert, which is why they’re foils to each other: Keim tries to build through trade and free agency; Colbert built through draft.

The Arizona Cardinals would be smart to show Steve Kim the door

Keim reminds me a lot of Joe Namath. Namath was a solid midfield player and had only one Hall of Fame career in his career. Just as Keim was riding his career at the 2x Executive of the Year Awards he received nearly a thousand years ago. Since 2015, Keim has been building rosters of candidates who are talented most of the time, but have short windows simply because they’ve been getting older.

Here is a small list of Keim’s mishaps:

  • Make questionable draft choices
  • Trade draft picks for older players
  • Failed to land a legitimate franchise – while the jury is still out on Kyler Murray, his development stalled in Year 4
  • Failing to address multiple modes of need, and instead relying on fringe players with sloppy performance
  • Burning Bridges – Patrick Peterson may be the best example of this

Keim doesn’t blame anyone for this mess on the list but himself. A roster that looks as if some kids built it in franchise mode on EA Sports’ Madden NFL. One that, on paper, would likely compete for the Super Bowl, but in reality, is the most suitable contender for the NFC West tier.

Some of Keim’s worst picks since 2015 have been Robert Nkimdic and Josh Rosen, especially the latter. He has let his relationship with players like Peterson sour, and Keim has also made unnecessary deals for older players like Zach Ertz and Rodney Hudson.

While these trades look good at one time, trading for 30 something always means shorter windows. This is why the Cardinals find themselves in the current mess.

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