SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 21: Quarterback Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys in action during the pre-season NFL football game against San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 21, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Sunday will mark Jon Kitna’s first start since October of 2008 and, while head coach Wade Phillips and the rest of the Cowboys have been quick to express confidence in the 38-year-old, there is one subtle difference between he and Romo: Their cadences are different.
The difference actually has the Cowboys concerned to some degree. Phillips said recently that Kitna’s snap count had caused a few false starts in practice this week. Last Monday night, after Kitna replaced Romo under center, the team had two false start penalties.
For obvious reasons, the idea that this could be a developing trend is a little troubling to Phillips.
"His snap count is a little different," Phillips said, per ESPN Dallas. "It bothers me a little bit in that we had some troubles with false start and those kinds of things. We had a couple in the ball game and having a new quarterback we work hard on that and trying to concentrate on that.
“We certainly don’t want penalties with a new quarterback and a different count everybody has to concentrate and focus more."
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