ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 12: Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys looks to pass against Lamarr Houston #99 of the Oakland Raiders during the preseason game at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Cowboys’ head coach Wade Phillips will readily admit that backup quarterback Jon Kitna comes with a different skill set than that of starter Tony Romo, but, with two full quarters and a week of practicing with the starters, Phillips doesn’t plan on dumbing down the offensive game plan for Sunday’s match-up with Jacksonville to accommodate the 38-year-old backup.
To be sure, Kitna isn’t without NFL experience. His career in the league thus far has spanned 14 seasons and four teams. Before that, he played with Barcelona of the now-defunct NFL Europe.
However, Sunday will mark his first start since 2008.
"You can do a lot of things with Tony because you can say, 'Hey, we are going to run this one play, and if they are in this one coverage we can do this,'" Phillips said, per the Dallas Morning News. "With Jon, you've got to say, 'Hey, these are the things you run in training camp,' that kind of thing. It's a little bit different. But you can still do a lot of things. He's a veteran quarterback.
“It's not like he's going to be a Simple Simon game plan now."
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