Arizona Cardinals May Have Over-Looked the Real Problem to a 3-13 Season

The morning of “Black Monday” has come and gone, and the Arizona Cardinals have parted ways with first-year Head Coach Steve Wilks. That was not the surprise of the day, as the writing has been on the wall for this outcome for the last few weeks of the regular season. After a 3-13 season, it was clear that someone’s head was going to roll.

The morning of “Black Monday” has come and gone, and the Arizona Cardinals have parted ways with first-year Head Coach Steve Wilks. That was not the surprise of the day, as the writing has been on the wall for this outcome for the last few weeks of the regular season. After a 3-13 season it was clear that someone’s head was going to roll. 

The biggest surprise was that only one man in the chain took the consequence to a losing season. Lots of disgruntled fans around the Valley were waiting to see if General Manager Steve Keim would be included in the black Monday cuts. But Monday morning came and there he was sitting next to owner Micheal Bidwell at the Cardinals press conference announcing the firing of the man he evaluated and hired just 11 months ago.

This season was probably the worst in team history since moving to the Valley in 1988, and it is clear that Steve Wilks was not the only one responsible for such a horrific season. The outcome to this season could have easily resulted in an entire rebuild from top to bottom. 

So there are many questions as to why Keim was not fired as well, seeing he was the man that shopped for all of the groceries for the organization the last six years. Evaluating is essential to grabbing good product off the shelves, it can look strong and clean and shinny on one side and the other side it can have worm holes and rotted out. Clearly Keim has picked a lot of bad fruit over the years, no piece was as sour and rotted as the Sam Bradford choice that started the snowball downward.

In a harsh reality, the down fall actually started the night Mr.Keim decided to get in his vehicle intoxicated, being arrested, bringing shame to the organization, and setting the tone for things to go from bad to worse.

One can make an argument that it played a part in the trade request from the teams super Star Corner who may have lost respect for the organization, as its leader demonstrated an incredible act of selfishness that the captain Cornerback may have followed.

Steve Wilks was the fall guy simply because someone had to pay the price for the product that failed miserably on the field, seems unfair to have been given bad produce and be expected to turn it into a fresh and appealing meal, it was bound to fail.

In the end, one can make an excuse for retaining Steve Keim, that being the rookies on this years roster played significant minutes in starting positions, and for the most part, performed very well at times.  So this years draft class has covered a multitude of sins for Keim.  It’s very scary after all the mistakes by the teams commander and chief, that the organization hands the same shopper even more money and assets (cap space and #1 pick) to have total control going forward.

No man is perfect and picking fruit can definitely be a hit and miss situation, but how many mistakes does it take before the problem is the one making the choices.

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