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Steve Keim tapped as new Cardinals GM

Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:17 PM

TEMPE, Ariz., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Arizona Cardinals Vice President of Player Personnel Steve Keim has been tapped as the club's new general manager, the team said Tuesday.

The 40-year-old Keim -- who started with the franchise in 1999 as a college scout -- was named by club President Michael Bidwill to replace the fired Rod Graves.

Graves, along with head Coach Ken Whisenhunt, were released after the Cardinals stumbled to a 5-11 record and a last-place finish in the NFC West in 2012.

"I went through the process of evaluating the candidates and speaking with people both inside the facility and outside, I became more and more convinced Steve Keim was the right man to become general manager for the Arizona Cardinals," Bidwill said.

"I realize this is my home and I am a Cardinal at heart," Keim added. "I think we have some pieces in place, but the ability to run the ball consistently and the level of physicality, that's a huge issue and that needs to be fixed."

Keim played professionally briefly for the Miami Dolphins and Edmonton Eskimos.

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