The Cardinals are not Barry Switzer’s Cowboys. They’re no longer the Good Ship Lollipop. But they’re fast gaining a reputation in the NFL.
This offseason, three players of relative importance and questionable character have been arrested and released: former first-round draft pick Robert Nkemdiche, offensive lineman Desmond Harrison and defensive lineman Darius Philon.
Meanwhile, another high-ranking member of the front office was arrested on DUI charges. Last year, it was general manager Steve Keim. This time, it was Ron Minegar, the team’s top business executive, his sodden mugshot splattered across the internet.
Maybe there is a fraying strand connecting all of these incidents: A GM desperate to repair breached trenches on both sides of the ball, taking chances on red-flag talent; while working next to a NFL owner in charge of the player conduct policy, a former federal prosecutor with no room to play around. Something has