Not surprisingly, Steve Keim was much happier today. The Cardinals won and played pretty well. One player the Cardinals General Manager mentioned during his appearance on the "Doug and Wolf" show on Arizona Sports 98.7 a couple of times was Carson Palmer. Keim said the quarterback was exceptional. Palmer completed 30 of 46 passes for 300 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
"Some of the throws he made were fantastic," Keim said. "His arm, to me, looked yesterday as live as it's looked in a long time."
Keim was asked if that meant Palmer's arm had been a concern.
"I wouldn't say it's as much of a concern, but some of the balls he threw, the velocity and the placement he had on them, and some of the things he did in the pocket where he escaped pressure, was excellent."
-- The question everyone always wants answers for was asked to Keim -- what are his feelings on the play of punter Drew Butler Sunday. Butler only had to punt three times and did have a 50-yarder, but averaged less than 40 yards a punt and less than 35 net. His final boot of 28 yards let the Redskins start an eventual field goal drive on the Cardinals' side of the field.
"Not satisfied at all," Keim said. "Like any other position there are expectations, and that spot right now, we're not living up to expectations. It's a results-based business and if you're not getting the job done, we'll look and see if there is somebody who can. That's the tough part of it. You're in some critical situations. It's not like we have a backup punter that you can put in if someone is having a rough day. We'll certainly talk about that today and see where it goes moving forward."
-- Yes, he was happy with running back David Johnson (more on DJ later today.) "Every time he does things, it's amazing to me," Keim said, adding "the sky is the limit for that young man."
-- Like Palmer, left tackle D.J. Humphries was mentioned a couple of times as someone who had an "excellent" game. Keim also thought right tackle Ulrick John flashed at times. He has strength deficiencies, Keim said, but "what he does athletically, he jumped out with some of the things he did."
-- On Bruce Arians' play-calling late: "Give a lot of credit to our head coach. One thing about him, he's willing to take risks. He showed confidence in our team and they rewarded him."
-- Keim also said he liked the fact the players held a meeting among themselves last week. "Because it shows me they care. We're all disappointed with the way the season has gone so far. Expectations were high. That's the way they should be, that's the way we want them here. So, to show it means something to these players, the fact we haven't played well as a team for the most part this season, and to come out, when you face adversity, to fight and to not give up, the way we played (Sunday) ... our playmakers stepped up and made plays."