Make no mistake. Although Cardinals head coach Dave McGinnis
has sung the praises of his new featured back, Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith — and has suggested that Smith could have the same positive effect on the Cardinals that Walter Payton had on the Bears when McGinnis was an assistant coach in Chicago — we hear the decision to sign Smith to a two-year deal between $7 million and $8 million came directly from the top, and that the coaching staff was pretty much told to make it work. In order to do that, though, the Cardinals somehow must dramatically improve their WR situation before the season starts. While that’s a lot easier said than done, it would certainly be OK with new Cardinals offensive coordinator
(and former WR coach) Jerry Sullivan, who told our sources just before presstime that he still had every intention of "throwing the ball around" — even though Smith would appear to make the offense more run-oriented than ever.