Quarterback Jon Kitna drops back to pass in the second quarter.
Shortly after Tony Romo went down with a broken clavicle on October 25, receiver Roy Williams expressed confidence in Romo’s replacement, Jon Kitna, going so far as to say that Kitna was “just as good” as the Dallas starter. Williams had spent time with Kitna in Detroit, and actually earned his first and only Pro Bowl invite in 2005, with Kitna throwing to him.
Whether Kitna is just as good as Romo is (very) debatable. But Williams’ general sentiment, that Kitna was very capable as a quarterback, has since proven quite true. Except, weirdly enough, where Williams is concerned.
Kitna has completed 209 passes out of 318 attempts this season, for 2,365 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Four of those interceptions--an entire third of his total--have come when Kitna has targeted Williams. The last of these, a pick-six on Christmas evening, hit Williams in the pads before being intercepted and returned 66 yards by the Cardinals’ Greg Toler.
According to ESPN, Romo’s passer rating when throwing to Williams this season was higher than any other target (higher even than his buddy Jason Witten) at 125.8; Kitna’s passer rating when targeting his old friend, as good as Kitna has been, has been an abysmal 34.4.
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