5-3-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Keim Promoted

I could not find a picture of Steve Keim by searching for his name on here, so hopefully this will work. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Time for todays links, which along with the Saints Bounty scandal and the sad news of Junior Seau's death includes a look at some little changes in the Front Office.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Cardinals promote Steve Keim to vice president of player personnel
The Cardinals announced Steve Keim as been promoted to vice president of player personnel and that Jason Licht has re-joined the team as director of player personnel. Keim is entering his 14th season with the Cardinals after joining the club as a college scout in 1999. He was promoted to director of player personnel in 2008 after working as director of college scouting since 2006.

Keim Promoted, Licht Returns
Front-office vet becomes VP of player personnel; Licht back from Pats

Why Cardinals should have a feel for Pats - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Jason Licht's return to the Arizona Cardinals as player personnel director should be good for the team and for the man he's replacing. Licht, last with Arizona as a personnel assistant in 2008, has worked extensively for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, two of the more successful organizations during his years with those teams. He was a finalist to become the Chicago Bears' general manager, a job that went to Phil Emery. The Cardinals made room for Licht by promoting Steve Keim from player personnel director to vice president of player personnel.

An early endorsement for Michael Floyd - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A surprise awaited the Arizona Cardinals after the team made Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd the 13th overall choice in the 2012 draft. Floyd's college coach, Brian Kelly, made an unsolicited call to the Cardinals, availing himself to media questions regarding his former player. Kelly has vouched for other players, including Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Harrison Smith. A college head coach certainly has a recruiting interest in getting his name out there in association with prominent draft choices. But in publicly testifying for Floyd, whose draft file includes three three alcohol-related incidents and a resulting team suspension, Kelly extended himself to an extent that wasn't necessary. It was a notable early marker for the Cardinals, who have never drafted a player with such significant baggage since Ken Whisenhunt arrived as head coach in 2007.

Word From the Birds Blog | Reports: Front office change
In the NFL, the week or so after the draft is the time when personnel changes happen. The rules are such that personnel men can’t move from team to team as the draft approaches for obvious reasons. But new jobs are offered and teams make moves with scouts and the like right after, in that month or so when the scouting finally gets a break before gearing up for another marathon of work before the next draft.

SI's King: Lindley could start at QB this season - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals, by most accounts, had a solid 2012 NFL Draft. The Cards gave their offense a new weapon by drafting Notre Dame star receiver Michael Floyd in the first round, addressed needs by drafting three offensive lineman and also invested in their defensive secondary by using picks on cornerback Jamell Fleming and safety Justin Bethel. One of the more intriguing picks was their sixth-round selection of San Diego State quarterback Ryan Lindley.

Warner didn't feel like target of cheap shot - ArizonaSports.com
Warner joined Arizona Sports 620's Burns & Gambo Wednesday to discuss the findings that he was indeed a target of the Saints' bounty system.

Bobby Massie is 'the prototypical right tackle' - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals would be hard pressed to be anymore excited about their fourth round pick in this year's draft. Bobby Massie, who they selected out of Mississippi, was projected to go as high as the second round. That he fell to the Cardinals in the fourth is a gift the team was happy to receive.

Warner remembers Seau - ArizonaSports.com
Wednesday was a sad day for all in the National Football League as news spread that 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau passed away at the age of 43, the victim of an apparent suicide. Former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner joined Arizona Sports 620's Burns & Gambo Wednesday, and remembered his fellow All-Pro.

Word From the Birds Blog | Pondering things on a sad day for the NFL
With everything going on today with the death of former NFL star Junior Seau, talking about football-related matters seems trivial (especially when I saw the story about a shooting tragedy locally here near where I used to live.) Indeed, before the Seau news broke, even the Saints bounty player suspension news wasn’t exactly uplifting. Interesting in that case that the league said part of the evidence against linebacker Jonathan Vilma was that he offered a $10,000 bounty to knock Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner out of their playoff game in January of 2010. Not that we have to rehash all of that again.

My Draft Story: Michael Floyd
Go behind the scenes of the Michael Floyd selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. We take you inside the Cardinals War Room and follow Floyd from his hotel to his introductory presser.

Arizona Sports News:

Phoenix Coyotes shut out 2-0 by Nashville Predators in Game 3
With two of their top forwards out of the lineup, the Nashville Predators got back to their roots. Instead of relying on their skill to succeed, the Predators won loose puck battles, forced turnovers and limited the time and space the Coyotes had to maneuver. Essentially, the Predators outworked the Coyotes in Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena - playing the style that carried them to the playoffs - and they were rewarded with a 2-0 win on Wednesday in front of 17,113 to improve to 2-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series.

Arizona Diamondbacks lose to Washington Nationals on walk-off homer in 9th
Bryce Harper's major-league career is all of four games old, but thus far the Washington Nationals' 19-year-old rookie seems to have a way of making his presence known, of inserting himself into big moments. There he was in the outfield in the top of the fourth, seemingly losing sight of Justin Upton's home run as it flew over the center-field fence. There he was in the bottom of the inning, sliding home and (maybe?) slapping the ball loose from catcher Miguel Montero's loose grasp. And there he was in the ninth, starting the inning with a laser-beam double, his second near-home run of the game, and standing there at home plate at the end, waiting for teammate Ian Desmond to round the bases after his walkoff blast off J.J. Putz sent the Diamondbacks home with a 5-4 loss at Nationals Park.

NFL News:

After focusing on run, division looks to air - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Every team in the NFC West had a 1,000-yard rusher last season. Coaches in Seattle, San Francisco and St. Louis have promoted run-first philosophies. Arizona has invested first- and second-round picks in running backs Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams, respectively. Run, run, run. And yet the division focused on the passing game quite a bit during the 2012 NFL draft -- on both sides of the ball.

NFL Power Rankings: Peyton Manning, Broncos Are Biggest Unknown - SBNation.com
Free agents have been signed. The NFL Draft is over. Undrafted free agent signings are coming in. Now it's time to rank all the teams based on what they've done this offseason.

2012 NFL Draft: Predictions For The Class Of 2012 - SBNation.com
The 2012 NFL Draft is in the books. Which rookies will have the biggest impact in 2012?

Junior Seau Dead At Age 43, Suicide Suspected - SBNation.com
Junior Seau was found dead at his Oceanside, Calif., home Wednesday, police confirmed. The death is being investigated as a suicide.

Saints Punishment: Jonathan Vilma Suspended 1 Year; Multi-Game Suspensions For 3 Others - SBNation.com
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was expected to levy punishments on Wednesday against the players involved in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal and that's what he did, announcing suspensions for several players. According to the NFL's release, Jonathan Vilma is suspended for the entire season, Anthony Hargove is suspended for eight games, Will Smith for four games and Scott Fujita for three games. The suspensions are without pay and considered "conduct detrimental" to the league.

Saints Punishment: Players Expected To Appeal, 'Massive Legal Battle' Coming - SBNation.com
Four NFL players were suspended multiple games for their role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Two current Saints players, Jonathan Vilma (one year) and Will Smith (four games), were suspended. Two former Saints players, Anthony Hargrove (eight games), who is now with the Green Bay Packers, and Scott Fujita (three games), who is now with the Cleveland Browns, were also suspended by the league. According to several reports. all four players plan to appeal the suspensions with an assist from the NFLPA. ESPN's Adam Schefter quotes a source who says: "Get ready for a massive multiple legal battle over this on several fronts."

NFLPA On Saints: 'Punishment Without Evidence Is Not Fair' - SBNation.com
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell levied suspensions against four players who had a role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Jonathan Vilma is suspended for a full season, Anthony Hargrove, who is now with the Packers, is suspended for eight games, Will Smith is suspended four games and Scott Fujita, now with the Browns, has been suspended three games. All four players plan to appeal the suspensions, according to reports. The NFLPA released a statement attributed to DeMaurice Smith shortly after the discipline was announced and said that the players have not yet received any "specific evidence" of the players' involvement.

Saints' Jimmy Graham: Suspensions Are 'Beyond Ridiculous' - SBNation.com
The NFL announced the suspension of four players on Wednesday for their role in the New Orleans Saints bounty program. Reaction from players and the NFLPA has raised concerns over the due process afforded Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, and Jonathan Vilma in their punishment. Saints tight end Jimmy Graham took to Twitter after the news broke to decry the process.

Junior Seau Now 8th Member Of '94 Chargers To Pass Away - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Junior Seau reportedly died Wednesday afternoon from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest at his home in Oceanside, Calif. The news is absolutely stunning, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Seau's family and loved ones. Compounding the tragedy is a piece of eerie, and incredibly sad trivia: Seau is now the eighth member from the San Diego Chargers' 1994 Super Bowl squad to pass away.

Saints, Brees still making no progress | ProFootballTalk
At a time when Saints fans desperately need some good news, they’re not going to be getting it any time soon from quarterback Drew Brees. Brees and the team are no closer on a new contract, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Eric LeGrand Signed By Greg Schiano's Buccaneers - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Here we have the best undrafted free agent story of the year. Prepare for dustiness: former Rutgers Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano, now coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has signed Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed while covering a kickoff return for Rutgers in 2010.

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