Arizona Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim reported to jail for a 48-hour incarceration Tuesday evening, according to Bianca Buono of 12News.
Keim will also serve seven days of house arrest and will be required to use an ignition interlock device on his vehicle for one year after pleading guilty to extreme DUI. The Cardinals suspended Keim for five weeks and fined him $200,000 for his transgression last week last week in Chandler, Ariz.
It’s all good, said Avril. It’s all squashed. It’s fun. Obviously he’s here, so we’re good to go.
Brad Johnson: It was a magical year. For me, my personal side, it was a blessing in disguise because of my neck surgery [during the ’97 offseason]. The grip strength in my hand, I don’t know if I would have lasted the whole season. And then after I broke my ankle [in Week 2] and broke my thumb [in Week 9], it kind of saved me. It was almost a year and a half recovery for me.
Perhaps the greatest credit to Green was his ability to wrangle so many different personalities. This Vikings team was a stew of cliques waiting to be formed; a locker room full of young, cocky superstars, strong-willed offensive linemen, born-again Christians and degenerate gamblers. Green, according to some players, was the pioneer of using Tuesday’s off day to do charity work in the community, which is now a common staple in the NFL. He was quick to laugh at himself to put others at ease, and he was masterly at blending different cultures together.
One thing that would help on the defensive side of the ball is a more productive pass rush. The 49ers were tied for 26th in the league with 30 sacks last season and they didn’t exercise their contract option to keep Elvis Dumervil, who led the team with 6.5 sacks.
New arrival Jeremiah Attaochu has 10 sacks over his four NFL seasons and fourth-round pick Kentavius Street tore his ACL at his pro day, so it will be up to many of the same characters from last season. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is confident that defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina and pass rush specialist Chris Kiffin can boost their productivity.
They’ve identified some stuff that’s going to be a cool dynamic, Saleh said, via the team’s website. I think we’re going to be much further along pass rush wise.
The 49ers have spent a lot of recent draft capital on the defensive line — Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas were first-round picks from 2015 to 2017 — and they’re going to need those decisions to pay off for Saleh’s prediction to come true this season.