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Kyle Orton: “It’s not like I just walked in the door”


While there’s a reasonable degree of hysteria about the condition of Tony Romo’s back and the Cowboys’ playoff hopes, the guy who will likely decide the latter is fairly calm.

“I’ve been here a couple of years,” Cowboys backup quarterback Kyle Orton said, via Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News. “It’s not like I just walked in the door.”

While he hasn’t played this season, he did have the run of the Cowboys offense most of the offseason while Romo recovered from a procedure to remove a cyst in his back. So there’s a degree of familiarity with the receivers and the system that gives them some degree of comfort.

“I’m excited,” Orton said. “I really feel like my game is in a great spot right now, and I’m really confident heading into the week. . . . I’ve played a lot of games in this league and had some success, so [I’m] just excited with the group of guys I’ve got around me.”

The 31-year-old Orton was brought in for just this kind of opportunity (if the General Manager must say so himself), but the pressure’s a little more real now.

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18 Responses to “Kyle Orton: “It’s not like I just walked in the door””
  1. ajgreenhof says: Dec 26, 2013 9:49 AM

    I like Orton he’s the best backup in the league. I’d trust him not to screw up a playoff scenario more then I would Romo.

  2. marcolamorsa says: Dec 26, 2013 10:06 AM

    You gotta want it

  3. sc711 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:10 AM

    So Dez is used to catching passes aimed at his feet ?

    Merry Christmas Dallas.

  4. ghostofgilchrist says: Dec 26, 2013 10:14 AM

    If the Eagles start thinking this is in the bag, Orton’s good enough to beat them.

  5. champgiff says: Dec 26, 2013 10:14 AM

    Fear the Neckbeard…..

  6. TheDPR says: Dec 26, 2013 10:33 AM

    Was he taking a shot as his new teammate, Kitna?

  7. ravishingronald says: Dec 26, 2013 10:34 AM

    But he did just sit on the bench…

  8. avscanes says: Dec 26, 2013 10:38 AM

    I was happy when Orten left Denver. Good backup but will never get anyone far into the playoffs.

  9. ibeblockin says: Dec 26, 2013 10:51 AM

    I think there are definitely a few better backup quarterbacks then Kyle Orton. at least four or five.

  10. patsfan1820 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:51 AM

    He will have to play his best game ever.

  11. ibeblockin says: Dec 26, 2013 11:10 AM

    Neck beard is ok, but there are better backups: hoyer, Vick, Lewis, mallett, to name a few.

  12. ward5711 says: Dec 26, 2013 11:22 AM

    I really hope this means Demarco Murray will get at least 30 touches on sunday. He is a beast.

  13. bigjdve says: Dec 26, 2013 11:40 AM

    He may have been in Dallas for a couple years, but he is also the QB that got benched for Tim Tebow.

  14. fumblenuts says: Dec 26, 2013 11:49 AM

    Timing with receivers is something he doesn’t have in a real game with Dallas. Eagles will most likely disrupt this and pressure him all day.

  15. kmartin173 says: Dec 26, 2013 12:15 PM

    He got replaced by a guy with 1 career playoff win and now he’s replacing a guy with 1 career playoff win.

  16. zam0854 says: Dec 26, 2013 12:31 PM

    Matt Flynn, Kirk Cousin, Michael Vick, Josh McCown, Chad Henne are among the names of the best back ups in the NFL.

    Us Philly fans giggle and point finger at Orton.

  17. miamibeak says: Dec 26, 2013 1:45 PM

    DeMarco Murray a beast? You must be joking. He runs out of bounds more than most quarterbacks avoiding the hit. He’s the epitome of fragile….

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 27, 2013 10:42 PM

    Orton is one of the best paid backup QBs in the NFL. Time to see if he was worth it.

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