Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with Kyle Orton (18) on the sidelines against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys: It Just Got Interesting

With Romo electing to go ahead with surgery, erased is any idea that he might play in the upcoming make or break regular season finale against the NFC East rival Eagles.

Now this is where things get interesting.  For the few Romo haters left standing (after this season’s staggering statistics and a brilliant Sports Illustrated cover story), it gives them the opportunity to see how our offense functions with another at the helm.

I have to admit I am a bit curious myself. 

First and foremost, Romo must be given credit for his impressive and unwavering toughness throughout the years.  Romo has continued to lead us in 4th quarter come from behind victories while sustaining injuries that would sideline any other quarterback. Last Sunday was just one of many examples if this.  Having experienced back injuries myself, I can’t imagine the pain that would come with throwing a pass or taking a hit in such condition.

What needs to be realized, is that at some point a healthy backup is better than in injured starter.  This isn’t an exact comparison, but I would have to think Miles Austin might be better than a Dez Bryant with two broken legs.  The question is, at what point is it less of an issue whether your starter is willing to go, and more an issue of where the resulting physical limitations put them in comparison to their back up.

Now back to what has my curiosity so aroused…we all get to see what Orton is capable of doing with this offense.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Romo is easily the more talented of the two quarterbacks, but the idea I can’t get out of the back of my head is…what if Orton is capable of playing smarter?

We all saw what happened when Nick Foles stepped in for Vick.  Foles isn’t the fastest or most elusive quarterback, and he doesn’t have the greatest arm.  What he does well is play smart football. 

Despite not having much time to develop chemistry with his receivers, he still knows exactly when to hit them in their crossing routes.  He knows when not to check down on a play, and perhaps most importantly, when to eat the ball.

I don’t know that Orton is a smarter, higher percentage playing quarterback…but it’s going to be very interesting to see what happens.

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