John Kitna is now the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Let me first say that I by no means think he is as good as Tony Romo but I think this might end up being a good thing. I know it sounds kinda crazy and I have had a few drinks since Tony Romo went down last night but let me explain.
First John Kitna is a pretty good passer. He has a live arm and if given the reps can be a reputable replacement. He doesn't have the skills that a Tony Romo possesses but he offers a glimmer of hope. Now Jason Garrett will not feel obligated to throw the ball 50 plus times a game. The Cowboys game plans now should consist of shortening the game. That would mean running the football more.
The defense can't quit like they did on Monday night versus the Giants. They played like they saw a ghost and the last two touchdowns by Jacobs and Manningham were unacceptable. Once Kitna started catching up to the flow of the game he showed he could still play.
Shortening the game means holding the opponent under 21 points. It means playing the game the way it is supposed to be played. There used to be a time that if you scored more than 20 points in the NFL it meant you won the football game. Now you can be a number one ranked defense giving up 24 or more points.
Look at all the surprise teams this year in the league. They don't have formidable offenses, their offenses just eliminated turnovers and keep the defense out of sudden change situations. The Cowboys have their work cut out for them the rest of the way and don't get it twisted it won't be easy. However if they are as talented as everyone says they are, the quarterback position should be plug and play anyways.
Let's see how creative the "proclaimed genious" Jason Garrett is. Can he develop a game plan like the Dolphins do with much less offensive talent than the Cowboys. Can Tashard Choice become the Ronnie Brown of the league as Marion Barber and Felix Jones accept a more indirect role? Can Miles Austin become a Brandon Marshall or will that distinction go to Dez Bryant. John Kitna is certainly as good as if not better than Chad Henne so I don't see what the problem is. Offensively the Cowboys were still able to stir up 21 points against the Giants with Kitna. Last time I checked the Giants still have a pretty good defense as well.
Either way nothing Super is in this teams future but the competitive banter for the Cowboys could be better. If they can find a way to finish 8 - 8 this season I would say they have done more than anyone else could have expected. It might get them a look at the post season and it might not, but in the NFC East no one is looking like champs right now.