Michael Bidwill wants 'strong football person' at general manager

Christian Petersen

The Cardinals' team president sat down with reporters and spoke about the importance of finding the right candidate for the GM vacancy.

Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill wants to make sure that the team's next general manager is the right person for the job and not just a specialist in one particular area.

He spoke with Cardinals reporter Darren Urban in an interview on Friday and was very clear on what he is looking for in a candidate.

"I want a strong football person," he said. "Not necessarily the best cap guy or the best football operations guy. I want a strong football person. At the end of the day I want to make sure we have the best personnel department, the best scouting department, that we can have."

The Cardinals finished the 2012 season with a disappointing 5-11 record, finishing in last place in the NFC West. They cleaned house on the Monday following the end of the regular season, firing both head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves.

Graves had been with the team since 1997. Under Whisenhunt, the Cardinals had a 45-51 record and a 4-2 record in the playoffs, including a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.

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