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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  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Well? What do you think now? Do you think the Cowboys would have settled for three field goals with Romo at quarterback. Do you think that Romo would have thrown more than the two interceptions that Orton did?

    • Jeff Tips

      Wow, thats a really good question. The way I’m still feeling, its really hard for me to honestly answer. I do know that Romo hasn’t been clutch when we needed him to. The more prevalent thought when he has the ball in crunch time is, “dont throw a ……., dammit he threw a pick, game over” *walks away throwing remote controls in disgust*…..Romo has done it for 4 years to us. I cant blame Orton because he did what I expected him too. He played well minus the big pick at the end going to Austin. Give him more time with the first string squad, I think he can work very well with this group. He got rid of the ball quickly and effectively overall. The last pass maybe was a little too quick. I would of expect Romo to make that play, but time has proven that he chokes more then delivers…..

      • 19bigred85

        Time has proven that romo has the most 4th quarter come backs since 2010 or 2011 can’t remember but that’s not the point he comes through more often than not is the point maybe if you watched the games and not espn you would know that he is an amazing QB but the team just depends on him way to much

        • Jeff Tips

          I watch the games. And this is 2013. I can relive the 90′s if you want here. Time has proven that Romo chokes when it matters the most…..3 years as a .500 team. So much for his come backs now eh? Coming through more often then not as you say, would mean they have a WINNING record. 8-8 is NOT coming through NOR is it a winning record. Its not losing either. But the facts still remain is that they are less then mediocre right now and their defense stinks. Quit being a Romo lover and be a realist. Romo has failed us time and time again. Look at Aikman, a true champion who won a Super bowl WITHOUT Jimmy Johnson, just rode the wave with dumb ass Switzer. And mind you, Troy has 3……3 Superbowl rings…2 with Johnson, 1 with Switzer…..Romo has…zero…nada….NOTHING. Comes through huh?

          • Jeff Tips

            Now dont get me wrong, Romo has been the next best thing to Troy at the QB position but Romo isn’t all that and a bag of chips. Troy had Emmitt, Irvin, novachek, Glenn, etc. No different then what Romo has….Dez, Written, Murray can be beast, Austin but not of as late, Beasley, etc….many weapons on the offensive side of the ball,……but yet, Romo cant come through, win a playoff game…oh wait….you have to get their first, let alone MAKE it to the Superbowl. Im being a real fan, not some fan boy lover of Romo. This team has had problems since 1996. End of story.