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Jerry Jones pats himself on back for Kyle Orton signing


As Florio mentioned this morning, the Cowboys are fortunate to have a backup quarterback as competent as Kyle Orton waiting in the wings considering the back injury that could keep Tony Romo out this week.

And Cowboys owner Jerry Jones thinks the General Manager who authorized such purchase deserves a hearty pat on the back for his foresight.

We paid a lot of money several years ago for just this very circumstance,” Jones said on his radio show on KRLD-FM, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Should we be in a situation where a game or a possible intermittent time when Tony couldn’t play, we get the very best we can, and that’s why we signed Kyle Orton for over $10 million a few years ago, just for this very occasion. Kyle has a very strong arm, he’s very experienced. If required, he’ll be able to step in and do as good under the circumstances as you could expect.”

The Cowboys signed Orton to a three-year, $10.5 million deal, with a $5 million signing bonus, prior to last season.

He’s been limited to mop-up duty with the Cowboys, but was 35-34 as a starter prior to that.

“I want to emphasize that this back up quarterback was a starter,” Jones said, in case you forgot how wise he was. “It was unique that he would come here when he had real starting possibilities. We are going to get the benefit from him should he play. . . .

“Again, we’re in as good a shape under the circumstances that you could possibly be in and I have every reason to think that, if needed, Kyle Orton can step out there and do a good job for us. We had planned on this very event. We have been very fortunate with Romo on his injury situation. He hasn’t played as much as I would have thought when I agreed to give him over $10 million three years ago. Because of how important that position is you just have to anticipate to some degree what happens if you lose Tony Romo. In this case we have done it. We did it. I’m proud that we have done it. We are ready to utilize it this weekend.”

Then again, he also spent a lot of money for a guy who was once replaced by Tim Tebow. I guess it all depends on your perspective.

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54 Responses to “Jerry Jones pats himself on back for Kyle Orton signing”
  1. boogymanoflamancha says: Dec 24, 2013 11:11 AM

    “It was unique that he would come here when he had real starting possibilities.

    Really, where?

  2. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 24, 2013 11:12 AM

    Why does Jerry need to pat himself on the back? Can’t he just nod, and that guy who cleans his glasses can commence with the back-patting?

  3. averagjoe says: Dec 24, 2013 11:14 AM

    Oh man! Must this guy jack his jaws every day about how great he is?

  4. bucrightoff says: Dec 24, 2013 11:15 AM

    Funny story Jerry, but if an actual competent GM was running your team, they would already be in the playoffs because the roster would be better managed. Instead you get to be humiliated again on national TV in week 17. NBC owes it to us to have a camera fixated on Jerry all night so we can witness his embarrassment.

  5. alldonesmith says: Dec 24, 2013 11:16 AM

    This guy is such a clown. I hope he keeps playing GM for the rest of his life so the Cowboys are never relevant.

  6. bathroombenlovemachine says: Dec 24, 2013 11:22 AM

    The Eagles will dominate the classless Cowboys organization.

    The Eagles will win Super Bowl 48.

    Nick Foles is better than your quarterback.

  7. cmsaint9 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:22 AM

    No jerrah u were the only one willing to pay that sum of money to a mini choke artist like your starter.

  8. hrmlss says: Dec 24, 2013 11:26 AM

    They need to keep a camera on him at all times so that when he throws himself from the owners box we get to see it.

  9. bennyb82 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:30 AM

    Will Jerry take the blame if Orton plays terrible against the eagles?

  10. crazemastercraze says: Dec 24, 2013 11:34 AM

    Can’t wait to watch this explode in his stupid face

  11. george1859 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:38 AM

    I love the NFL
    I hope Jerrah and steph-son run this team forever.
    Reminds me of big and little Enos from Smokey & The Bandit.

    Nothing is better than watching this fireballing train wreck destroy everything Dallas Texas by season’s end each and every year.
    I look forward to it.
    Just what GM or coach would ever sell his dignity to take that job is beyond me.

  12. peymax1693 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:40 AM

    I wonder if Jones the owner has a hand puppet called “GM Jones” that he talks to when discussing team matters?

  13. beardinals says: Dec 24, 2013 11:44 AM

    Isn’t the story that Orton didn’t want to be a starter any more and decided to make a cushy 15 mil?

  14. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 24, 2013 11:46 AM

    Kyle is grooming his neck beard right now, as we speak, in preparation for his big day!

  15. kd75 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:47 AM

    $10.5 million for Kyle Orton and you are proud of that? Like Fo Reelz?

    You can draft a guy in the 5th round who can do what Kyle Orton does for 1/10 the price and spend the extra cash on a cornerback.

  16. jjbadd385 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:49 AM

    I’m a Broncos fan that got t o witness Orton firsthand. He had shown flashes of being good, but he is NOT mobile & really was bad that yr Tebow took over. Maybe, maybe not, we’ll see….

  17. TheDPR says: Dec 24, 2013 11:51 AM

    A .500 lifetime QB for a .500 sort of football team. It’s a perfect match. I think the word “competent” is a bit of an exaggeration describing Orton though. I’ll give him a serviceable for a short regular season stretch but unqualified for a playoff run, and this week’s game IS a playoff for all intents and purposes.

  18. blackhawks2010 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:53 AM

    Time to earn your money Orton……

  19. footballschoolnot says: Dec 24, 2013 11:57 AM

    Jerry might not be the best GM/Head Coach/CEO but he is ahead of the Pack’s Ted (cheap) Thompson when it comes to having a quality backup QB on the roster.

  20. cwk22 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:58 AM

    What will he say if Kyle plays bad and they lose? Garrett didn’t demand they win? Kyle didn’t have enough warm up time with the starters?

  21. truehoosier62 says: Dec 24, 2013 12:02 PM


    In the spirit of Christmas, Jerry is the gift that keeps on giving. To the fans of “America’s Team”, (giggle), perhaps you should take him aside and teach him the Carol, “Silent Night”.

    St. Nick

  22. jbl429 says: Dec 24, 2013 12:06 PM

    I hope he gets asked for followup comment when the score next week is something like 54-11

  23. coltsreign says: Dec 24, 2013 12:09 PM

    We really have stop riding the dallas d

  24. bordner says: Dec 24, 2013 12:17 PM

    Didn’t Orton “lead” the league in lowest passer rating for a couple of seasons back when he was a starter? And didn’t he lose his starting job to Tim Tebow at one point?

    What’s this guy doing making $10M?

  25. schmokes says: Dec 24, 2013 12:18 PM

    Jerry was great on The League last season….he sucks at everything else.

  26. fdugrad says: Dec 24, 2013 12:23 PM

    It’s rather amazing Jerry doesn’t have a permanently disabled shoulder socket from doing this patting over so many years.

  27. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 24, 2013 12:39 PM

    Handcuffing a key starter — what a concept.

  28. athwartships says: Dec 24, 2013 12:47 PM


  29. vincentbojackson says: Dec 24, 2013 12:54 PM

    GM of the year, hands down.

  30. natijim235 says: Dec 24, 2013 1:09 PM

    only jerry jones would be proud of signing kyle orton….he’s been clueless in recent years and is borderline senile

  31. whatjusthapped says: Dec 24, 2013 1:16 PM

    Before Jerry goes so far as to nominate himself as GM of the year, let’s ask a very simple question, How many playoff games has his team won in the last 10 years?

    Hell, even the Vikings have more playoff wins than the Cowboys and they are generally acknowledged as the choke franchise of the NFL.

  32. papadukes22 says: Dec 24, 2013 1:18 PM

    Maybe Orton will be our Jeff Hostettler

  33. keifer1751 says: Dec 24, 2013 1:24 PM

    Jerry Jones, patting himself on the back for what? GM’s sign veteran back ups every year. Whup. The Cowboys will, again, be WATCHING the playoffs and not playing. So Cowboys fans…”How ’bout that lame General Manager”… Eff him.

  34. bcfalcon says: Dec 24, 2013 1:28 PM

    What is that now like 13 times the cowboys have had an article on this site in the past three days?

  35. negativten says: Dec 24, 2013 1:31 PM

    wait a second.. ..didn’t you just say yesterday that Romo was day to day ?

  36. timpaz says: Dec 24, 2013 1:38 PM

    This guy really thinks he is a competent GM, too bad he can’t put together a winning team, he and Dez Bryant deserve each other

  37. raiders85 says: Dec 24, 2013 1:38 PM

    The worst GM in football should probably wait to pat himself on the back because I’ve seen Kyle Orton play and you guys think Romo sucks ????? Stay tuned Orton is as dumb with the football as any qb ever

  38. brettfavresmidget says: Dec 24, 2013 1:42 PM


  39. pabalate9 says: Dec 24, 2013 1:42 PM

    I would rather see Tim Tebow in this situation for 5 million and then they would have an extra back and receiver to boot.

  40. td30 says: Dec 24, 2013 1:53 PM

    that’s funny, because kyle orton was the person that almost ruined football for me

    /signed, bronco fan

  41. jerrahsucks says: Dec 24, 2013 2:03 PM

    Jerrah gives 15 million, to a guy who got beat out by Tim Tebow. Now that is a brilliant GM. By the way Jerrah, not only has Tebow beaten out your backup QB, he has as many playoff wins than your 100 million dollar starting QB. And yet, Tebow, can’t get a job.

  42. jpk6044 says: Dec 24, 2013 2:04 PM

    I’m sure Kyle Orton will be able to throw it to the defense just as well as Tony Romo could.

  43. jimmysee says: Dec 24, 2013 2:16 PM

    So — we’ll see how this genius GM move plays out on Sunday.

    That’s the beauty of playing the games.

  44. thehawg says: Dec 24, 2013 2:22 PM

    Jerry Jones is the best GM in the NFL, if you don’t believe me, just ask him.

  45. bassnw says: Dec 24, 2013 2:44 PM

    Dallas Cowboys – the favorite team of people who know nothing about football. Starting with their “GM” .

  46. mtntexas says: Dec 24, 2013 3:09 PM

    Kyle Orton was the perfect choice to back up Antonio Romiro and , with as 35-34 record as a starter , will end this season with a 35-35 re4cord leaving the Dallas Cowboys with another 8-8 Season. Thanks, Jerry… go count your money.

  47. mungman69 says: Dec 24, 2013 3:13 PM

    It’s Christmas Jerry.

  48. miguel3557 says: Dec 24, 2013 3:19 PM

    Maybe Jerrah should think about what a crappy defense the general manager put together before he takes credit for signing a journeyman QB who’s always been mediocre at best.

  49. warpigs46777 says: Dec 24, 2013 3:42 PM

    Jerrah Jokes is a funny guy. He makes me laugh

  50. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 24, 2013 3:58 PM

    Dear Dallas Cowboys owner,

    Please keep your GM for many, many years.

    a fan of one of the other 31 teams.

  51. gojags says: Dec 24, 2013 4:48 PM

    That radio show should be hilarious. If anyone has a link to that radio show, please provide. I would love to listen to that show.

  52. bert1913 says: Dec 24, 2013 6:32 PM

    i wonder why jerry is never considered for nfl executive of the year

  53. brucetrimble says: Dec 25, 2013 1:19 AM

    What do jerry and josh mc Daniels have in common? They both chose Orton, who was unseated by Tebow in Denver and is now a back up in Dallas.

  54. axespray says: Dec 25, 2013 4:40 AM

    “we get the very best we can, and that’s why we signed Kyle Orton for over $10 million a few years ago, just for this very occasion. ”
    How much Cap Room do the Cowboys have for next year?

    And for “That” team they’ve currently got, a consistently mediocre squad with no heart or common sense.


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