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Jon Kitna happy Tony Romo took all snaps

8/25/2010

OXNARD, Calif. -- Last season, Tony Romo threw 550 passes, which ranked fifth in the NFL.

Only Matt Schaub, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Jay Cutler threw more passes.

But there is something Romo did that those other quarterbacks didn't do. He took every snap.

Romo played every offensive series, whether it was to take a knee to end a game or half, make a pass under pressure or just to handoff to someone. Romo was there. He was the first quarterback in franchise history to do that.

Yeah, think about that for a moment.

Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Danny White and even Eddie LeBaron didn't do it.

Now it doesn't lessen their accomplishments on the field, but to have a quarterback not miss any snaps in a season is significant.

Jon Kitna is happy he was the only backup quarterback in the league not to take a snap last season.

"You know when you take the backup role, the best thing is for you not to play," Kitna said. "The best thing for the football team is for you not to play. You have to have that mindset, but at the same time you got to be ready to play. So, I mean to be the only backup that didn’t take a snap in the league, I was happy for Tony."

The last time Kitna played in a game was Oct. 5, 2008, when he was with Detroit. Kitna left that game against the Chicago Bears with a back injury.

Kitna was traded after the season to the Cowboys when it was apparent Brad Johnson was no longer a suitable backup for Romo.

This is only the second time Kitna hasn't participated in a NFL game since he signed as an undrafted free agent with Seattle in 1996. He spent that season on the practice squad but after that he played in at least one game. He went eight consecutive years with at least one start. In Detroit he started 36 consecutive games before his back injury knocked him out for the rest of the year.

The time away from playing allowed Kitna to heal his back and arm. He batted tendinitis for about two seasons and now is completely healthy and feels he can still make all the throws necessary to win games.

Jerry Jones said he can sleep at night not worried about Kitna and Romo as his quarterbacks.

"I really enjoyed being around the winning and enjoyed watching a guy play at a high level," said Kitna, who has started 115 games in his career. "And when you've been the places that I've been, it's just nice to be in a place you feel like everyone is going in the same direction."