March 26, 2003

Emmitt Smith goes to Arizona.: Will Arizona be better? Was this a good career move? How much will Emmitt make? Will we be seeing him in more commercials?

posted by worldcup2002 to football at 06:17 PM - 7 comments

OK, so he goes from a team with no discernable passing threat to.....hey, deja vu! At least their O line is huge, but, without a passing game to take some focus off of him, Smith will struggle to do anymore then he did last season in Dallas.

posted by bcb2k2 at 08:14 PM on March 26, 2003

hahaha, oh my god.

posted by kjh at 10:02 PM on March 26, 2003

Don't all old people move to Arizona? Actually, I was shocked to find out that Emmitt is only 34! I thought he was closer to 40, trying to rebuild his career like Jerry Rice or Michael Jordan.

posted by dusted at 03:28 AM on March 27, 2003

Thirty four is extremely old for a running back. Their bodies get too much abuse for many of them to be effective in any capacity in their late 30s.

posted by rcade at 07:49 AM on March 27, 2003

So, I heard on the news that he got $8mil for two years. So, I guess he's fine. dusted: I was shocked about his age, too. He's about my age! That's young! (heh) But I just don't think he's gonna have the same success as Jerry. Jerry had the fortune of going to the Raiders. Cardinals? I thought they played baseball. rcade: I'd have to agree with this, too. Emmitt's longevity will depend entirely on the Cards' offensive line. (Or how much the Cards play a passing game.) How good's the Cards' offense?

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:27 AM on March 27, 2003

The Cards offense is horrible and despite Emmitt's presence, should be worse than last year since they lost David Boston and Jake Plummer to free agency. Plummer was replaced by Jeff Blake, which is not an improvement no matter how inconsistent Jake the Snake was. Amazingly, the one area where they were in good shape (besides O-line) was at RB! Marcel Shipp is a good young back. Of more concern should be a defense that will face the Rams, Niners and a rapidly improving Seahawks offense twice each. The Cards won't be handing off too much in those games. Emmitt will put butts in the seats - which is a good thing since the teamís performance, as usual, wonít.

posted by kloeprich at 11:02 AM on March 27, 2003

Anything that keeps one of the NFL's classiest men on the field is a good thing, and I can't help but think that while Emmitt probably won't set the world on fire, he will do two things: 1) He'll drive the Cards to get better. One of the tools they have lacked has been a fiery veteran with the presence to shove the youngsters in the back. Smith will provide that, trust me. 2) He'll raise the bar for the Cards' fans. I grew up in St. Louis, so I know firsthand the frustration the Arizona fans feel. Smith will give them a hero, and after that, they'll EXPECT Bidwell to supply one. I hope he gets 1,000 yards, and he could ... mainly, though, I hope he improves the second-worst franchise in football (Cincy, Ohio! Hello!).

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:03 AM on March 29, 2003

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