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Steve Keim was promoted to General Manager on January 8, 2013 after 14 seasons in the Cardinals organization. With the team experiencing unprecedented success during his time as GM, Keim earned contract extensions in February of 2015 and February of 2018 that will keep him with the franchise through 2022.
Steve Keim was promoted to General Manager on January 8, 2013 after 14 seasons in the Cardinals organization. In guiding the team to an unprecedented run of success in his five years as GM, Keim earned contract extensions in February of 2015 and February of 2018 that will keep him with the franchise through 2022.
- After 14 seasons working within the Cardinals personnel department, Keim was elevated to GM on January 8, 2013.
- The team's put together by Keim have been some of the most successful in franchise history. In 2014, the Cardinals tied the franchise record for wins in a season (11) before setting a new mark in 2015 when Arizona won 13 games and earned its first-ever postseason bye.
- During Keim's tenure, Arizona has established franchise records for wins in a season (13 in 2015), points in a season (489 in 2015), led the NFL in total offense for the first time in team history (#1 in 2015) and led the NFL in sacks for the second time ever (48.0 in 2016).
- Arizona has featured a top-10 defense four times and a top-10 offense twice dating back to Keim's first season as GM. The Cardinals had a top-10 defense in three consecutive seasons (2015-17) for the first time since the 1970 merger.
- Named Sporting News 2014 NFL Executive of the Year and earned back-to-back NFL Executive of the Year honors from the editors of Pro Football Talk (2013-14).
Since Keim took over as GM in 2013, the Cardinals have posted a 52-43-1 record (.547) in the regular season. During that time, Keim has been named the 2014 Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year in a vote of NFL coaches and team executives and also earned back-to-back NFL Executive of the Year honors from the editors of Pro Football Talk (2013-14). In the first five years of the Keim's tenure (2013-17), the Cardinals posted more wins (50) than in any other five-year stretch in team history.
The teams put together by Keim have been some of the most successful in franchise history. In 2014 the team tied the franchise record for wins in a season (11) before setting a new mark in 2015 when the Cardinals won 13 games and earned its first-ever postseason bye. The Cardinals also established team records for total offense, points scored and total TDs during the '15 season.
Arizona and New England were the only teams in the NFL that ranked in the top-10 on both offense and defense in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, the Cardinals finished the season with the NFL's No. 1 ranked offense for the first time ever. Arizona's No. 2 ranked defense in 2016 was the team's highest dating back to the 1970 merger. The Cardinals defense ranked No. 6 overall in 2017, marking the first time since the 1970 merger that Arizona has posted a top-10 defense in three consecutive seasons.
Keim has worked tirelessly to build the Cardinals roster. During his first five seasons as GM (2013-17), he made 1,062 total roster moves and the team posted a 49-30-1 regular season record during that span. The 2018 season was by far Keim's busiest yet, as he made 307 total roster moves due to a plague of injuries on both sides of the ball.
Arizona had 17 players finish the season on injured reserve in 2018, with the team seeing 77 different players appear in at least one game. Of the 53 players on the Cardinals final 53-man roster last season, 18 were not with the team with it opened training camp in July. Arizona's offensive line was hit hardest in 2018, with the unit seeing 10 different starting combinations and four of the five starters to begin the season ending the year on injured reserve.
The 46-year old Keim originally joined Arizona in May, 1999 as a college scout in the east. He was promoted to Director of College Scouting in 2006, Director of Player Personnel in 2008, and then was promoted to Vice President, Player Personnel in May, 2012.
In his tenure with the team, Keim and the Cardinals have been commended for their successful draft classes, especially in recent years. Pro Bowlers Patrick Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson and Budda Baker were acquired through those drafts, as were standouts such as D.J. Humphries, Rodney Gunter, Christian Kirk and Haason Reddick. With the #1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Keim landed the most electrifying talent in the class in Heisman Trophy winning QB Kyler Murray.
Another area in which Keim has had particular success in building the roster is through free agency and trades. During each of his first three offseasons as GM, Keim signed a free agent who went on to make the Pro Bowl that season (Mike Iupati, Antonio Cromartie, John Abraham). The Cardinals were the only team in the NFL to accomplish such a feat. Arizona's free agent signings under Keim include: O-Linemen Justin Pugh and J.R. Sweezy, DTs Frostee Rucker and Darius Philon, CBs Antonio Cromartie and Robert Alford and LBs John Abraham and Dwight Freeney. In 2016, Keim's biggest move came when he executed a high-profile trade for Pro Bowl LB Chandler Jones, who went on to register 57 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks during his first season with Arizona and who led the NFL in sacks in 2017. QB Carson Palmer, who had a 38-21-1 record as a starter in Arizona, was acquired by Keim in a trade with the Oakland Raiders in 2013. Arizona acquired O-Lineman Marcus Gilbert in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2019 offseason.
Keim attended Red Land High School near Harrisburg, PA and earned a bachelor's degree in Communications from North Carolina State in 1995. A two-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a guard at N.C. State, Keim started 36 consecutive games at left guard for the Wolfpack. He was named the offensive freshman of the year in 1991 and was the ACC Player of the Week following the team's victory over Maryland in November 1994. During a standout senior season where he was also a captain, Keim was named the N.C. State offensive line MVP and won the Jim Ritcher Award for the highest graded offensive lineman in addition to being named third team All-American from Gameplan magazine.
Keim had a brief stint in pro football as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins (1996) and Edmonton Eskimos (1997) of the Canadian Football League before returning to coach at N.C. State.
He served as assistant strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater for two years, assisted the recruiting coordinator with evaluations, and served as a liaison to NFL personnel wishing to scout Wolfpack football players.
Keim resides in Chandler, AZ with his wife, Kimberly, daughter Sloane, and sons Carson, Brady and Warner.