In a post to Fox Sports Southwest, they look at which teams have the best and worst quarterback situations. Basically, they are looking at which teams not only have a solid starter, but also look at who would step in if that starter got injured.
They rank the Dallas Cowboys as the second best quarterback situation behind Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. It’s a different way of looking at things.
It all begins with Tony Romo, who finally won a playoff game in his fourth year as the starter. He’s quickly becoming one of the NFL’s truly elite passers with 107 touchdowns over the last four seasons, and his yards per attempt average has dipped below eight only once in a season. His 63.4 career completion percentage is better than Tom Brady’s, Brett Favre’s, Ben Roethlisberger’s, and Philip Rivers’s. He could be even better in 2010 with Dallas’s most impressive array of weapons since the Troy Aikman days.
Then there’s backup Jon Kitna and his 115 career starts. Kitna has topped 3000 passing yards six times in his NFL days, and 4000 twice. You won’t find many teams with a second-teamer who owns more TD passes than the four-year starter, but Romo has a couple of seasons to go before besting Kitna’s mark of 152. That’s 259 TD passes on this team if you’re counting.
I think it’s important to have a solid backup like Kitna on the team, and though you hope you never have to use him, it’s nice to know he’s there.