Tony Romo vs. Jon Kitna won't happen

April, 5, 2011
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I like Martellus Bennett, the young, underachieving tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, but there is no way in the world they will have an open competition at quarterback between Tony Romo and Jon Kitna.

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That's like saying the Cowboys should open up the competition at outside linebacker for the job currently held by DeMarcus Ware, considered the best in the game at his position.

Bennett went on "The Ben & Skin Show" on ESPN 103.3 FM on Tuesday. His comment: "Kitna is one of my favorite people to play with. Just being out there on the field with that guy makes you play even harder. He made some things happen in limited time, so I think if he got a longer chance, he'd be able to do more. I hope there's a chance for a quarterback competition this year. Every position, I think we need to put more competition into it."

Bennett also said Romo was awesome, but there's a belief Romo can learn a lot from Kitna from a leadership standpoint. Even Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has said as much.

"I think you have to make it good," Garrett said at the NFL owner's meetings last month. "Whenever you’re in one of those situations, you have to make the best of it. You have to, from his standpoint. You look at it from a different perspective. He’s been in it. He’s been in the forefront of this whole thing for the last three and a half years, and now that gets taken away from you. So for him, I know it was hard. Initially you go from being the starting quarterback to, 'I’m not even playing, I’m not even dressing, I’m not practicing.'

"All these things. It’s like getting the rug pulled out from beneath you, but now you have to get your feet righted and [say] 'What do I need to do? I need to get my shoulder, my collarbone better, first and foremost, stay engaged with the football team and learn and learn.' And when you have a guy like Jon Kitna playing and you see how he goes about his business ... we’re not asking Tony to be Jon Kinta, but if you have your eyes and ears open you can’t help but learn from a guy like that who is a real professional."

Let's be honest: Kitna isn't better than Romo. In fact, when Roy Williams said he believes in Kitna, after Romo went down with that broken collarbone against the Giants, there was a thought he would get more catches.

Williams had five touchdown passes with Romo, none with Kitna and had three games with just one catch and four more with just two catches.

All this talk about an open competition at quarterback between a creaky 38-year-old quarterback and a 30-year-old in his prime is just silly. Bennett can have an opinion, but it doesn't count -- especially when it comes to the quarterback position. If Garrett or team owner Jerry Jones say something about it, then you have an issue.

But Bennett saying it doesn't make it an issue.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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