Arizona Cardinals chairman and owner Michael Bidwill provided some very interesting comments to the Doug and Wolf show Wednesday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM
They call the segment Newsmakers over at Arizona Sports. Well, Arizona Cardinals chairman and owner Michael Bidwill made the news alright with answers he gave in his radio interview on Wednesday morning.
Some fans aren’t too happy with what they heard, however Bidwill was honest, or as honest as he could be about certain subjects. The mere fact he was willing to come on the radio during a time many teams don’t want to be airing too much publicly about how they are preparing for the upcoming season says something.
Bidwill was broached on several topics. One of them was on general manager Steve Keim. Many Cardinals fans want him gone.
They won’t get their wish, at least not in 2020. Bidwill said while he admits he has heard the negativity from fans regarding Keim, the losing and poor play isn’t all on him.
He was quick to point out injuries and also pointed out his hits rather than his misses. He brought up the fact that he drafted Kyler Murray, that was his call. No one seems to be praising him for making that move but would rather talk about what hasn’t gone right.
Bidwill should give Keim this season. If Keim can’t put together another nice draft and they can’t improve on 2019, then he is likely gone next offseason.
He also spoke on David Johnson, another person many Cardinals fans for some reason have turned on so harshly. Many believe he got paid so he doesn’t care. He cares, but people equate losing with not caring.
However Bidwill knows everyone is listening, so he’s not going to say much outside of he’s just another player on the their current roster they are evaluating. If you want to see the Cardinals try and trade him, that’s all you want him to say.
He also talked about the possibility of playing in Mexico in 2019. He said he has nothing to confirm right now, no one has told him if that’s what will happen.
Maybe the most controversial topic he spoke on however was the idea of a 17-game schedule. His take was it would not increase the chance for player injury.
That didn’t sit well with some. Even some players like Chicago Bears quarterback Chase Daniel didn’t think much of it, tweeting “LOL”.
The honest opinion from Bidwill can understandably ruffle feathers. There are fans on both sides of the fence but it will be a tough sell on players. The owners are going to have to make many concessions to make it a reality.