Cowboys Coaching Staff and Playoff Hopes in Kyle Orton's Hands

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Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton (18) drops back to pass in the first quarter of the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Miami Dolphins at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings and Merry Christmas to everyone. I am fortunate that my Wednesday timeslot provides options. I can recap last week’s game or look forward to the future. For the Cowboys, this season may last one game or five weeks. We’ve been persuaded by head coach Jason Garrett to take this season one game at a time. Many fair-weather fans have declared the season to be over numerous times already. Unlike many NFL teams that won’t need to practice this week, we have something to play for. Cowboys never seem to make it easy.

I’m an optimist and believe that’s the definition of fanhood. The Cowboys can overcome injuries and adversity. Hasn’t the Cowboys mantra been – Next Man Up? Tony Romo’s injury doesn’t mean the season is over. The list of injured Cowboys over the years has been extensive, especially on the defensive side. We’ve never had to declare – The Season Is Over! – based on one player’s injury. The Cowboys are bigger than Tony Romo and I believe starting Kyle Orton still gives us a chance. Our opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, lost starter Michael Vick earlier this season. Now both teams are in the same boat, fighting for a division title and a playoff berth on the last week of the regular season.

Kyle Orton looked efficient during his possession against the Chicago Bears on December 9th. He completed 3 of 5 passes for 40 yards as he led the Cowboys to a late touchdown. Orton has spent two years in our system and while his last start was in 2011, I see a well rested, healthy veteran quarterback. Orton will inherit a team that’s running the ball well and has a stockpile of receiving weapons to exploit the Eagles 30th ranked passing defense. Time consuming touchdown drives will be required by the Cowboys to keep our defense off the field and keep the game competitive. I wouldn’t be surprised if we went for it on fourth downs because field goals may be inadequate.

Jon Kitna’s addition to the roster was brilliant when you consider the quarterbacks available. Why not grab another veteran that knows our offense. This means you don’t have to find a young quarterback and have a cram session. Kitna, after passing a physical, will simply need to be refreshed. If Kitna is needed, the play call might be – Red Right 22 Texas, Throw to Dez! I could live with that over David Carr, Vince Young, Tim Tebow or Byron Leftwich at the helm.

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