Cowboys TE Martellus Bennett made some news a couple of weeks ago when he said QB Tony Romo should have to compete for the starting job with backup Jon Kitna.
And Marshall Faulk agrees 100 percent.
“Why can’t we have competition at the quarterback position?” Faulk asked when the Bennett-Romo story came up during this week’s Rich Eisen podcast. “Is it because of the money that he’s making?”
Faulk took exception when others on the podcast – including fellow NFL Network analysts Steve Mariucci and Michael Irvin — cited such established passers as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady when making the case for Romo to be the unquestioned starter. Faulk argued that Romo – with only one playoff victory to his credit – has not earned the right to be unquestioned.
“There should be (competition) in some cases,” Mariucci said, pointing the 49ers and Alex Smith as a better example. “But if you continue to split reps with the quarterbacks for too long, neither guy gets enough to be ready.”
Irvin’s take was much simpler: “Tony Romo is the guy,” he said. “Kitna is there to be the backup.”
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