Williams’ best years came during Kitna’s tenure as the quarterback in Detroit, which is why Williams boldly proclaimed that the 38-year-old backup was “just as good” as Tony Romo when the Cowboys’ starter went down earlier this season. Kitna performed well enough that those comments don’t seem totally crazy in hindsight.
However, Kitna didn’t get a whole lot of help from his old friend. For whatever reason, Williams and Kitna haven’t been able to re-establish their on-field rapport from their days in Detroit.
According to ESPN Stats and Information, Kitna completed 15 of 30 passes for 218 yards and no touchdowns this season when he targeted Williams. Four of those balls were picked off, including the last pass Kitna threw Williams, which bounced off the receiver’s hands to Cardinals cornerback Greg Toler.
Kitna’s passer rating when throwing to Williams is barely above freezing: 34.4. By comparison, Romo’s passer rating when throwing to Williams this season was 125.8, by far the highest among any Cowboys receiver.