Arizona Cardinals offseason: GM Steve Keim says team has 'major holes' to address

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The team wants to overcome the weaknesses of 2013.

Continuing to work with the interview that Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim had in the studios of Arizona Sports 98.7 on Friday, we move on to what Keim plans on specifically improving in the offseason.

Keim saw "major holes, major concerns" for the team to address.

The first one that came up was that of the problems covering the tight end position.

"We want to get longer and more athletic at safety," he explained. "We want to do some things that offset the tight ends that we have to face every week."

This supports exactly what Seth Cox has written here on the site. They want taller, athletic guys in the secondary.

The next thing Keim mentioned was how they "want to get physical on both sides of the line" and that they have talked about "the never-ending challenge of trying to improve our offensive line."

Some of the pieces are in place on the defensive line. They need to continue to develop that. They know about the offensive line.

Later in the interview, Keim also talks about more.

"There's so many (needs)," Keim said. "There is a need at starter positions where we feel like we can upgrade -- there are depth concerns. Just off the top of my head, obviously everybody knows we'd like to upgrade our offensive line, depth at corner, safety, so there are multiple positions.

"Any time you can find elite pass rushers or speed receivers, you can never look away from that."

When he mentions upgrading the offensive line, that is not talking depth -- that is talking starters. We should expect changes there. According to Keim, Eric Winston "is in the conversation."

The interesting thing he said about the cornerback position is that he needed depth. That suggests that he is pleased with the Patrick Peterson/Jerraud Powers combination (something I suggested on Friday), but the players behind them nee to be addressed, which is obvious because two of their depth guys at the position (Antoine Cason and Javier Arenas) will be free agents and Tyrann Mathieu's return from major knee surgery has no timetable yet.

How will things play out? We still have to wait.

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