10. Arizona Cardinals next man up mentality
Not every move made after a void has been left on the Cardinals roster has panned out. No one, not even Steve Keim, is perfect. That doesn’t mean he can’t find winners.
Since he became general manager in 2013, Keim has been known to consistently find the next man up. After a huge injury, Keim has had the knack to find not only a competent replacement much of the time but a contributing one.
Maybe no better example of this was when the Cardinals signed Drew Stanton. Now, he signed originally to be a starter, however it was clear early on they had other plans for him.
Stanton was backup to Carson Palmer once he arrived. Stanton replaced Palmer in 2014 during their 11-5 run. Palmer was dealing with back and arm issues.
Stanton came in and lead the team to a 5-3 record in Palmer’s absence. He did it again in 2018 after Palmer was lost for the season. Stanton went 3-1 in his four starts, helping the Cardinals to an 8-8 record.