Trading for Kitna Was Just a Bad Move

I am hearing alot of people excited about the Cowboys trading for John Kitna, my question is why?

Kitna who will be 37 a month into the season is only a year younger than Brad Johnson was when he signed in Dallas back in 2006. Yes he has put up gawdy passing numbers in Detroit, but lets take a look at that.

In ’06 and ’07 he threw for more than 4,000 yards, pretty good numbers right? Well lets dig a little deeper, in 2006 the Lions were ranked 32nd in the league in rushing and in 2007 they were 31st. In 2006 only 2 other teams had attempted more passes than the Lions, and in 2007 only one other team had more attemps than the Lions. Do you see where I am going with this? Any average NFL quarterback can throw for 4,000 yards when your team’s running game is terrible and all you’re doing is chucking the ball up to guys like Roy Williams, Calvin Johnson, and Mike Furrey. When your team is down that’s all you do is throw the ball and thats all Kitna did.

Not convinced yet? Ok how bout this, in 2006 Kitna was sacked 63 times, and in 2007 51 times. Just to give you a little comparison in 1990 Troy Aikman’s first 15 plus start season he was only sacked 39 times. In 2005 Drew Bledsoe seemed like he was being sacked at least once every series, and has always been known to take too many sacks, was sacked only 49 times. Kitna is not very mobile and more importantly not a smart quarterback with pressure heading his way.

Not convinced yet?? Well here is my final stat for you. Kitna has played 14 or more games in seven seasons, how many times do you think he has thrown more touchdowns than interceptions? Give up? That would be two! Only in 1999 in Seattle and 2003 with the Bengals has he done this.

What would be the reason we traded a starting defensive back for Kitna is beyond me. To save cap money? It was only a little over two million saved, so we would not get into a bidding war WHEN he was released? There are many back up quarterbacks out there that are just as good and a whole lot younger.

Pushing Tony for his position? Kitna has no prayer to start over Romo, if we wanted someone to push him we should have gone with Garcia.

We lost a starting defensive back (which we will have to replace with another veteran) for a late thirties average quarterback who was going to be released by the worst team in football.

Kitna is a Cowboy and I will root and love him just as I have for every player who has worn the star on his helmet, but god Tony please stay healthy!  

Comments
  1. Cowboy Bill

    4,000 yards is 4,000 yards any way you spin it. He can still get the ball up the field.
    You’re going to honestly tell me you’re going to miss Anthony Henry’s no-covering ass at CB? C’mon man. Seriously?
    I agree Kitna will not take over at QB. JJ has 67 million reasons to make sure Romo is in there. I still say the trade was even. Nothing monumental but good enough. It addressed a need.

  2. Kelly Horn

    I have to agree with Bill. Seems like a pretty fair trade to me.
    I don’t want a quarterback controversy, just a decent backup, and we got that.
    But, good job on the research and stats.

  3. Why was Warner so good this past season? His WRs. But now he’s using that to get money he probably goesn’t really deserve. A QB is only as good as his WRs and so on and so on. Kitna is a Step up from Johnson and Bollinger. Henry’s coverage ability was declining(and their was talk of him going to SS to cover TEs and he wasent the strong type of tackler u need at that position) and I don’t think the Cowboys really need to go out and get another vetern CB. The 2nd year(ers) were good. Most teams don’t have 2 stand out WRs anyway. I like the trade because it did address a need.

  4. Riggs

    Personally..I dont get how people can complain one bit..like said Henry wasnt a big deal to loose..we NEEDED a decent backup to Romo..did anyone of you watch Johnson AND Bollinger? They both sucked..atleast we got rid of one problem..Kitna is a solid qb, he played for a crap team..dont hold that against him, he will be a GREAT backup…you people would be more happy with Rex the Hex? Give me a break and get real people…how can people complain about this move? We dont need anything but to freaking be a TEAM.

  5. cowboy joe

    you mark my word everyone at some point this year UNLESS we sign a veteran db we will be wishing henry was still here! and also if god help us kitna does get to play in the next year or two you will be comparing him to brad johnson

  6. Justin

    Brad Johnson NEVER threw for 4,000 yards in an entire season in his whole career, he couldnt sling it anymore and Kitna still can, just because he is over 35 yrs old doesnt mean he cant throw the damn ball!!!! Look at Warner and Favre, they can still sling it and they are almost 40!!!
    Henry sucked, he was one of Parcells guys and he needed to go, Jenkins and Scandrick will be much better next season, but I do think we need a veteran DB and there a plenty of them out there so sign one…

  7. nate

    I’m pretty sure we will be bringing in a veteran CB, just not right now…No need to overspend…As far as Kitna goes, he will be just fine backing up Romo and providing whatever assistance this team needs…He’s a good guy, just really ugly to look at…

  8. cowboy joe

    nate thats my point about henry why bring in a veteran that has to gel with the rest of the team when we had henry ?im not really sure any of the guys out there are even better than henry springs mccallister maybe

  9. nate

    exactly, but having henry pushes back scandrick and jenkins. we need a low cost guy that can play but only to compete with ball for the fourth spot. its a money saver and allows our guys that are ready to step up, do so. it should happen either in the draft or late in the offseason, possibly after first cuts.

  10. cowboy joe

    well isnt that the idea of releasing roy williams and moving him to safety as the lions are going to do