A problem the Cardinals wouldn't mind having

February, 19, 2009
2/19/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

INDIANAPOLIS -- The combine pace is quickening as players start filtering through the media workroom. While Ohio State offensive lineman Alex Boone was answering questions, I joined a small group gathered around Mike Smith following the Falcons coach's news conference.

I wanted to ask Smith about the Cardinals and specifically the role former offensive coordinator Todd Haley played in helping Arizona beat the Falcons in the wild-card round.

Smith: "I thought Todd did a great job in that playoff game. He did a nice job changing up what he had done during the regular season. He kept us off-balance. He has a very good knack of calling the game, not only the play calling but what he does formationally in terms of evaluating what he had done in previous games. He changed the tendencies up very well.

"They did a nice job in running the draws with Edgerrin James in that game and they were able to establish the run and that was something going into the first playoff game, they had not run the ball as successfully as I'm sure Ken [Whisenhunt] wanted to, but they were able to do it in the playoffs and I think that was a very good strategic move on their part."

As strong as the Cardinals were on offense, they'll be in the market for a tight end. I asked Smith what a Pro Bowl-caliber tight end would mean for the Cardinals' offense. He wondered if the Cardinals would have enough footballs to feed all those hungry hands. I'm sure that's a problem Whisenhunt and staff wouldn't mind trying to solve.

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