The Drive with Jody Oehler

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What's Next for the Cardinals?

The Arizona Cardinals demolition at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams was eerily reminiscent to the hopelessness of the entire 2018 season.

As friend of the show Kent Somers has pointed out, the Cardinals have not been above. 500 since the 2015 season. Not just at the end of the season; at any point within a season this Cardinals organization has not had a winning record in nearly four full years. That’s a span of 60 games where the Cardinals best winning percentage at any point over those 60 games is .500.

Keim has largely avoided any accountability for his own mistakes as General Manager. Instead, dozens have others have done so instead. 

Steve Wilks, Mike McCoy, Sam Bradford, Josh Rosen, David Johnson, Andre Smith, DJ Swearinger, Robert Nkemdiche, Haason Reddick and most recently Tramaine Brock just to name a few have all paid for Steve Keim’s mistakes by being benched, cut, traded of fired.

If Cardinals fans had their way, current defensive coordinator Vance Joseph would be fired too. But why should Vance Joseph be held accountable for hiring Vance Joseph?

How can a team trying to build a championship culture not hold the person most responsible for their shortcomings and yet try to hold others accountable for their own?

Kyler Murray played his first truly bad four quarter game of his NFL career on Sunday and the results were striking. Without Murray’s individual efforts covering up the flaws of the rest of the team, the Cardinals were embarrassed. There are no playmakers on offense to compliment Murray and the defense can’t be asked to protect a lead much less keep the Cardinals in the game.

And yet Keim remains in charge of turning this team and roster around even though he’s the one that drove it into a ditch in the first place.

Cameras during the Fox broadcast showed Keim and owner Michael Bidwill silently sitting side by side .during the blowout loss. Many have speculated that its Keim’s personal relationship with Bidwill that has prevented or will prevent the owner from taking the necessary action.

For the last four years, fans have slogged through tough moments, tough losses, tough draft day decisions, tough free agent decisions and tough seasons.

It’s time for Michael Bidwill to have the tough conversation with his friend Steve Keim so that the organization has a chance to get back to above .500 for the first time in five years.

That shouldn’t be too much to ask.

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