Kitna: I wasn't welcome in the locker room
Jon Kitna, traded from the Lions to the Cowboys for cornerback Anthony Henry over the weekend, was asked on a conference call with Dallas reporters Monday how tough it was to be a part of last year's 0-16 season.
You kind of felt like we were headed in the right direction and then there was just a difference of philosophies and things and Coach Martz was let go and we tried some different things and it didn't work out, Kitna said. We tried to do addition by subtraction in terms of some players and things just didn't work out. And then last year getting put on injured reserve after the fourth game and I wasn't even around, wasn't really welcome into the locker room and all those things.
It was a tough thing for those guys to have to go through, especially the last half of the season. I'm just glad that's over and that chapter is done and I'm just looking forward to moving forward.
Kitna started four games last year before a back injury conveniently relegated him to IR. Before the injury, Kitna clashed with coaches over changes to the offense, including the promotion of Jim Colletto as coordinator to replace Mike Martz.
Kitna threw for 4,000 yards in his two full seasons as Lions starter. In Dallas, he'll be reunited with receiver Roy Williams, who was traded last October for first- and third-round picks.
It's an opportunity to be on a football team that is committed to trying to win a championship every single year, Kitna said. In my career that hasn't necessarily been the case. I'm really excited about that opportunity and just coming down here and doing whatever I can to try to help Tony or whatever the offense needs do the best they can. I'm just really excited about it. I've never lived anywhere warm. It's a dream come true, really.