The Cowboys’ lack of a reliable backup quarterback last season ultimately derailed their hopes of making the playoffs.
When Tony Romo went down in Week 6, Brad Johnson proved to be a less-than-adequate replacement. Johnson threw five interceptions and two touchdowns as the Cowboys totaled 37 points and dropped two of the three games in which he started.
Enter Jon Kitna, signed by the Cowboys this offseason to be the team’s No. 2 QB. Kitna and his 59.8 career completion percentage and 12 years of experience should allow Dallas to breathe a little easier in the event of another Romo injury.
True to form, Kitna — a three-year starter in Detroit — had a creative way of characterizing his new role to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
“I completely recognize that the best thing for this team is for me to never play a down this season,” Kitna said. “I know that and I’m perfectly OK with that.”
Kitna was injured for all but four games last season, but he previously enjoyed two of his best statistical seasons, throwing for more than 4,000 yards in 2006 and 2007.