5-6-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Keim's Success

Put a picture of Keim on here already SBN (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

A short batch of links today. This one has a nice story on the good things Steve Keim has done here.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Steve Keim helps Arizona Cardinals clean up scouting image
Reputations are like oil stains. They don't remove easily. But after years of draft-day debacles, the Cardinals finally are cleaning up their image as talent purveyors. In the process, they finally might have solved the franchise's deepest fundamental flaw. "It starts with Michael (Bidwill) and Rod (Graves)," said Steve Keim, the recently promoted vice president of player personnel. "Those guys have continued to place more and more emphasis on our scouting department. It's not just an afterthought anymore, and I think that's extremely crucial to the success of a NFL team. Putting together a good scouting staff is every bit as important as putting together a good coaching staff." Start with Keim, who has taken on a more-authoritative role in personnel matters in recent years while his boss, Graves, tends to the business side of football. The results have raised the bar and some eyebrows.

Chat wrap: Health concerns for Cards QB - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Brian from Arizona asks whether Kolb, who suffered a concussion playing for Philadelphia prior to suffering one last season, would have to consider retirement if he suffered one serious enough to sideline him for multiple games in 2012.

Arizona Sports News:

Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks fall short vs. New York Mets
The Diamondbacks trudged into the quiet of a losing locker room for the third time in the past four days Saturday evening. They had lost, this time 4-3 to the New York Mets at Citi Field, but like many of their recent losses, it didn't have that bad of a feel. They hadn't been knocked around. They didn't play sloppy. They weren't lifeless at the plate. But for whatever reason, they just couldn't win.

Arizona Rattlers stumble late, lose shootout to San Jose
Through three quarters Saturday night, Nick Davila was on top of his game, the Rattlers had scored on all nine of their possessions, and they had the rival San Jose SaberCats in a 14-point hole. But, suddenly, the Rattlers fell apart. Four turnovers in the final quarter proved costly in a 77-70 loss in front of a season-high crowd of 9,280 at US Airways Center.

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