July 30, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton (18) throws during opening day of training camp. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Is Kyle Orton Pulling A Tim Tebow In Dallas?

The Dallas Cowboys’ training camp is now well under way in Oxnard, California culminating in it’s first official “Blue and White” scrimmage over the weekend. Two of the biggest highlights from said scrimmage have to be the interception made by free agent acquisition corner Brandon Carr, on a toss by quarterback Tony Romo, and the six touchdown passes thrown by his back-up, Kyle Orton. Did you hear much about Romo outside of the interception? Not really. It seems it’s just business as usual for Romo as far as the media is concerned. And that could mean trouble in the future…Tim Tebow sized trouble.

Hear me out here. There is no quarterback controversy is Dallas. Zero. Nada. Everyone agrees, Romo is the starting quarterback. But I’ve always wondered something about Orton. Why would he come to Dallas to back-up Romo? Why would he come here when he could compete for a starting job somewhere else? After this weekend, the seed of a thought crept into my brain. Did Orton actually come to the Cowboys to get a starting job?

Last year, Orton started his third straight season in Denver. He had the starting job going into the season with incumbent Tebow on the bench. (an alleged fourth string QB in the preseason) But a 1-4 record and a million chanting Tebow fans later, and Orton was on the pine and soon released. I could understand, after suffering an embarrassment like that, wanting to go somewhere that had zero controversy. After playing out the rest of the season with the Kansas City Chiefs, Orton signed with the Cowboys almost immediately, right out of free agency.

When the news hit that we secured the best back-up in the league so early on, I was ecstatic. But a few questions did linger in my mind. Why did Orton sign so quickly without fully researching his starting options? And if he did just want to avoid controversy, why sign a three year deal? Orton is 29 years old. He’s in his prime years to start. Why sign a contract to be a back-up until your 33? The answer is simple: Orton sees a future in Dallas.

July 30, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Stephen McGee (7), quarterback Kyle Orton (18), and quarterback Tony Romo (9) talk during opening day of training camp. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

But what that future is, only Orton knows. But let’s not forget that Romo is 32 years old. His contract runs out in 2013 due to a restructuring from last summer. And owner Jerry Jones’ patience, along side most of Cowboy Nation, is wearing more than a little thin. Many see this as Romo’s make or break year. But did that have anything to do with Orton’s quick decision to play in Dallas?

Romo is coming off the best statistical season of his career. But let’s not forget that Orton was coming off two great statistical years before being benched. In 2010, Kyle threw for 3,653 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. The year before he had 3,802 yards with 21 touchdowns. But two straight years of not making the playoffs cost him in the end. Sound familiar?

Is Orton pulling a Tebow in Dallas? Who knows? I do know this. If Dallas starts the year off at 1-4 or fails to make the playoffs again, it won’t be Tebow’s name some Cowboys fans will be chanting. It will be Orton’s. And wouldn’t that just be ironic.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Dboyz62 David Perez

    I don’t really care who the QB is as long as they lead us to the Promised Land and a SB Championship.

  • NotDannyWhite

    Not buying it. Jones and Garrett are pretty sold on Romo. Orton is at least a tier below Tony as far as his skills and stats. Orton knows Romo gets injured playing behind a patchy line and sees that he could get himself on the field and show himself well with the great skill players around him.

  • 4daBoys

    Orton’s history is to always start fast, have a great camp – have a good first half/two-thirds of the season – then he fades. Check it out – go back to when he was battling Grossman at Chcago. He’s had numerous opportunities to be a team’s starting qb but has never been able to keep it. He is a really good backup and he’s finally realized that.

  • Raj Pillai

    Give the ball to Kyle……….and the support he deserves. He is an intelligent QB who makes good plays. It is a team game…….it is up to the team to rise to the occasion and go to the promised land.

  • ctcowboy1968

    This is utter nonsense. Tony is and will be the Cowboys QB for his entire career. Tony is not the one holding this team back. It’s JJ and JG. They are both incompetent.
    I like Orton. I am glad his is on this team especially with the OL we have. Tony gets beaten up. Orton sees a chance to play with a lot of talented skill players around him.
    OL and DL need to be addressed further. Especially OL.

  • robert jones

    No suprise kyle is throwing TDs ! It could be an insult that you compare him to tebow since last season kyle not only beat Aaron rodgers he out threw him statisticly in the final game KC vs GB . Ive been following kyle since his debut in chicago and now orton has earned his respect when he has proved that he can bark with the big dogs and win games as long as the offense is clicking on all cylinders. GO COWBOYS !!!

  • Ed

    I look at it this way! If a team needs a quarterback we trade Orton and get pics!

  • cowboy4life

    oh please. Orton is a choker to. Just look at his past statistics. The Cowboys will stick with Romo. Last year could’ve have been stellar but come on the offensive line was horrible. How is a QB suppose to throw touchdowns when the line is not holding. I have a feeling this year will be it…