When the lockout ends and practices begin, Tony Romo will take back his spot quarterbacking the Cowboys’ No. 1 offense. But not everyone on the Cowboys’ offense thinks it should be that simple.
Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett believes that Jon Kitna should battle Romo in training camp and the preseason to see who the starter will be.
“I loved playing with Kitna,” Bennett said on ESPN 103.3’s Ben & Skin Show. “Kitna is one of my favorite people to play with. Just being out there on the field with that guy just makes you play even harder. He made some things happen in limited time, so I think if he got a longer chance, he’d be able to do more. I hope there’s a chance for a quarterback competition this year. Every position, I think we need to put more competition into it.”
There’s certainly a case to be made that Kitna was better than Romo last year. Their stats were comparable (Kitna’s passer rating was 88.9, while Romo’s was 94.9), and the Cowboys’ record was better with Kitna starting (4-5) than with Romo starting (1-5).
But there’s no real chance of a quarterback competition in Dallas. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett have made it clear that they’re completely confident in Romo as their starter. Even if the guys on the other end of Romo’s passes aren’t so sure.