I believe this may be Keim’s problem. He got so many accolades for signing players to one year, prove-it contracts that worked; he came to believe he could always do that. Since other GMs have begun to aggressively compete for these players, he’s struggled. Keim also failed to sign the majority of the players who played well. Players, like DJ Swearinger, continue to thrive after being allowed to leave. He also decided players who were only serviceable weren’t worth keeping. Adrian Peterson still had the power to run up the middle and would have allowed the Cards to split out DJ or put him in the slot. Frankly the Cards let numerous affordable players leave that we’re obviously better than what they have left. Retaining Keim would seem to assure this trend would continue although now they have few functional players who could leave.