Cardinals sign coach Arians, GM Keim to extensions

Tempe, AZ ( – The Arizona Cardinals reached agreements on
contract extensions with head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve
Keim on Monday.

Each is now under contract through the 2018 season.

The Cardinals have a record of 21-11 since Arians and Keim were appointed to
their current roles.

“Two years ago we hired Steve and Bruce a few days apart and believed we had
something really special,” said Cardinals president Michael Bidwill. “Every
day since then, they have done nothing but validate that belief.

“The team’s performance over the last two seasons certainly reflects how
talented they are in their respective roles and it was important that we
reward them for their accomplishments.”

Arizona tied the franchise record for wins in a season with 11 in 2014 and
reached the playoffs, earning Arians Coach of the Year honors for the second
time in three years. He also won the award after serving as the interim head
coach of the Indianapolis Colts while Chuck Pagano battled leukemia during the
2012 season.

The 62-year-old Arians joined Don Coryell as the only coaches in club history
to win 10-plus games in consecutive seasons.

Keim has been with the Cardinals since 1999, serving as a scout, director of
college scouting, director of player personnel and vice president of player
personnel before being named GM on Jan. 8, 2013.

Arians was hired nine days later and led the Cardinals to a 10-6 record in his
first season.