During a Tuesday interview on a Dallas radio station, Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett suggested that quarterback Tony Romo should have to compete for his job upon the former Pro Bowler’s return to action.
While heaping glowing praise on backup quarterback Jon Kitna, Bennett displayed strong support for the former Lion on KESN-FM:
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.
Some may view this as nothing more than a severe vote of confidence for Kitna. Regardless, how many Pro Bowl quarterbacks have a teammate suggest their backup should be allowed to compete for the starter’s role?
Peyton Manning? No.
Tom Brady? Brian Hoyer seems like a nice kid but nope.
Phil Rivers? Billy Volek helped them through a playoff run during the ’07 postseason but I haven’t come across Team Volek as of yet.
Kitna supplanted an injured Tony Romo, who began the 2010 season 1-5 before the Giants ended his year due to a broken collarbone.
The post-Romo era did not yield a playoff run. Kitna finished 4-5 during his run last season.
Yet, the 38-year-old Kitna is receiving a vote of confidence from Bennett and obviously has a supporter in former Detroit teammate Roy Williams.
Despite his solid fantasy football numbers, Romo holds a slim 1-0 lead over Kitna in the playoff wins department. In other words, Romo’s credentials don’t necessarily command a superior amount of respect on a Brady-Manning-Rodgers-Brees-Ben level.
No one realistically should believe that Kitna will receive an opportunity to win the starter’s role, but Bennett’s comments speak to a much bigger issue in the Dallas huddle…leadership.