When tight end Martellus Bennett was with the Cowboys, he was a lot better known for giving good quotes than he was for catching passes.
According to Bennett, that’s because Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo played favorites with the offense. During an interview with Mike Garofolo of the Newark Star-Ledger, brought to our attention by FOXSportsSouthwest.com, Bennett was asked what made Eli Manning an unselfish quarterback. The answer shed more light on Romo than it did on Manning.
“Just his approach. I mean, he’s just looking for the open guy. It doesn’t matter who it is or what number you are. If you’re open, he’s going to hit you. You have to be ready,” Bennett said. “That’s what makes it so fun playing in this offense because anytime you beat your guy, you know you could get the ball. … Every quarterback has one or two guys they go to on most teams. But here, it’s not really like that.”
Bennett’s disdain for Romo isn’t much of a surprise. Some of those aforementioned good quotes came when Bennett suggested Romo should compete with Jon Kitna for the starting job in Dallas.
The Cowboys passing game was a bit more spread out last season, but previous years did see Jason Witten and the top wide receiver (Miles Austin or Terrell Owens) catching the lion’s share of the balls. That’s something easily explained by a lack of talent behind them in several seasons, however, and Dez Bryant’s improvement should flatten the Earth even more. Either way, allusions to the contrary should probably not be made by those who dropped way too many of the balls thrown in his direction to complain about not getting enough of them.