LISTEN Steve Keim Cardinals General Manager

first_imgLISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals General Manager Your browser does not support the audio element. I didn’t have any question he was not going to go for it. He’s beat himself up pretty bad over the last couple of weeks. Again, I don’t think there’s many play-callers better than Bruce Arians. His gambling style has won him a lot of games over the years, so you know, I think it was one of those self-evaluation pieces that he had to look himself in the mirror and say, ‘hey, if I have this opportunity again I’m either going to do it or not do it.’ I think he made the right decision yesterday. – / 51 Then you see D.J. make a phenomenal catch where he extends, keeps his feet in. I don’t know what’s more impressive, the catch or the throw. It’s a phenomenal way to finish the game. It gives both of those guys, who again have gotten this opportunity, a lot of confidence.Steve, did you think (Gabbert) did a good job overcoming adversity? The most impressive thing about Blaine Gabbert to me was that period in the third quarter where he went 0-for-7 even though there was a drop that was mixed in there. Then he ripped off 8-of-12 for over a 100 yards and a touchdown. He righted the ship, and in the past the knock has always been — at least from other analysts I’ve heard — was he didn’t handle pressure well. Did you think he handled pressure well yesterday?I think he handled it extremely well. I think more so as a team we handled it well. When they had the strip and Calais had the touchdown, it was one of those points in the game where you could have had the woe-is-me attitude and (say), “here we go again.” But to bounce back and regain the lead and again handle adversity the way we did, not only from the quarterback position but from a lot of different spots and getting guys stepping up and making plays, it’s a great feeling. Hopefully that’s something we can build on as an organization. Even though the Arizona Cardinals led most of the way, that “here we go again” feeling returned when quarterback Blaine Gabbert fumbled leading to a touchdown for former Cardinal Calais Campbell and his Jacksonville Jaguars.Then, it happened again, when Gabbert threw an interception with the game tied, 24-24, and just 3:38 remaining.But Gabbert along with safety Tyrann Mathieu, running back D.J. Foster and kicker Phil Dawson all made plays down the stretch to help Arizona eke out a 27-24 win in Week 12. 0 Comments   Share   Steve, talk a little bit about what you’re seeing from Tyrann Mathieu. Once again, just an incredibly instinctive play. Over the last couple weeks, does it look like Tyrann is getting better, is he getting more confident when you watch him on tape?I think so. I think the one thing is you forget that the guy has been through quite a few traumatic injuries. It’s not only one thing to come back from the physical ailment, but to come back and to play with the confidence mentally. I think that’s always an obstacle that we all have to go through when you incur those types of injuries. He’s coming back into form. He’s always been a very, very instinctive player, and to see him come up with that interception yesterday, I was really, really happy for him because, again, that can just build on the confidence moving forward.What was it like for you, for a guy (like Campbell) that has meant so much to the organization and so much to you, to score a touchdown that you really didn’t want to see? What were you thinking when Calais Campbell walked into the end zone?Well, I mean it’s one of those things that — I love Calais. I love him as a person and really enjoyed having him here as a player. Unfortunately, we had to make some tough decisions. We allocated that part of the contract to Chandler Jones so I think the part that Chandler Jones played yesterday was probably more encouraging for me. The fact that Chandler Jones has led the NFL in sacks since we traded for him. He’s tied for the (most) sacks in the NFL right now and he leads the NFL in TFLs (tackles for loss). Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He was good, Chandler Jones, yesterday. Steve, how’d the offensive line do?Oh, I thought it was one of their best games collectively, again, against a very talented defensive front seven. I thought a lot of guys played well. I thought (left tackle) Jared Veldheer played one of his better games. (Left guard Alex) Boone, (center) A.Q. (Shipley), they all played well in my opinion. I thought we pass protected. We were able to run the ball effectively, I thought Adrian (Peterson) ran the ball really hard. Again, another encouraging game to build on for those guys moving forward, because as you know, Wolf, sometimes this game, it’s the degree of confidence that you have to gain.The one thing about yesterday too that excited me is the energy and the excitement that our fans brought. You know, you never want to lose a football game but to lose in front of your home crowd is extremely disappointing. I was very, very encouraged that we were able to (win) at home yesterday.I think it’s only fair that since I asked you about fourth down last week when it didn’t work, I should ask you about it this week. What’d you think about B.A.’s decision not to go for it on fourth down this week?last_img