Kyle Orton: “I just threw a bad pass”

AP

Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton threw an interception to seal a loss — and end Dallas’s season — late in the fourth quarter on Sunday night. Afterward he said no one deserves blame but himself.

Orton said his pass to Miles Austin at the end of the game was the same play the Cowboys had just run on a touchdown pass to Dez Bryant. But this time it didn’t work.

“I just threw a bad pass,” Orton said. “Miles ran a great route. It was the same play we scored on the play before, went to Miles this time. I just threw it behind him and the guy made a nice catch of the ball.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he thought Orton played well, overall, although Jones is obviously not pleased with the end result.

“It’s extremely disappointing for our fans,” Jones said. “I thought Kyle Orton, even though he ended up with the two interceptions, I thought if he could play a game, the way Kyle played tonight, I thought we had a good chance to win it, especially backed up by the kind of defense we played tonight. This is very disappointing.”

It’s very disappointing to everyone in Dallas that the Cowboys are, for the third straight year, 8-8.

86 responses to “Kyle Orton: “I just threw a bad pass”

  1. Loved the shoot of the Owner’s Suite showing Jerrah leaving before the end of the game and his grandson ripping his Dallas shirt off in disgust. Jerrah was none to pleased with that either. You can see him berating the youth mercifully.

  2. its not disappointing to this Dallas fan! At least now that weve lost to all three division opponents in week 17 with playoffs on the line, we’re perfect!

  3. Down by 2 points on the Dallas 35 with 1:30+ left on the 4th. You pass the ball on first down? Milk the clock get at least to Philly 35 yard line Dan Bailey only missed 3 FG all year and is good for the 50-55 yarder. Garrett is at fault. 8-8 baby #GetChaSome #2ndplace3yearsrunning

  4. Jones must be steaming — the player he got “specifically for situations such as this one” (and who signed for $10,000,000.00) — really pooped his pants under the bright lights.

  5. “It’s very disappointing to everyone in Dallas that the Cowboys are, for the third straight year, 8-8.”

    But so satisfying to everyone else. Three chances to win and get in and nothing to show for it. Beautiful.

  6. But is it enough to get Jason Garrett fired? Probably not, since it’s really hard these days to find a yes-man figurehead willing to work for $7.50 an hour. Jerry started so well with the franchise, then lost reality to his own ego. Very sad.

  7. “and that’s why Kyle Orton is a backup. They can’t all be Matt Cassel (Circa 2005 ?) when he actually came in and took the Patriots to the playoffs.”

    Tks, but it was 2008, and he didnt make the playoffs.

  8. Well, at least the Washington state HS where Jon Kitna teaches and coaches will be $53,000.00 richer…

  9. Jerry said : disappointing for the fans.

    Jerry doesn’t give a fig about the fans. He’ always been in it for the money! If he cared about winning, he’d have hired a crack GM long go!

  10. Romo’s fault!

    Dallas is simply cursed and I really don’t think it matters who they have on their team as the team will find a way to screw up at the worst possible time.

    Nice to see the media isn’t butchering Orton for that horrible pick showing their clear anti-Romo bias. If it were Romo then the trashing wouldn’t end for a month and nobody can use the excuse of Orton being the backup for that pass as any NFL level QB should easily be able to throw that pass in front of the receiver.

  11. madtownthrowdown says:
    Dec 30, 2013 6:53 AM
    and that’s why Kyle Orton is a backup. They can’t all be Matt Cassel (Circa 2005 ?) when he actually came in and took the Patriots to the playoffs.

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    Pats went 11-5 that year, but in fact did NOT make the playoffs.

  12. As a Bronco fan… this was classic Orton…he plays great when his team us down… but he crumbles when within 1 score. He only won when he has a fantastic D. Like most qbs tend to do.

  13. Kyle knows the ways of the force…he channeled his inner Obi Wan Romo in order to provide the Dallas fans with a moment that has been on repeat since 1999.

    Without the jest, I have no idea how anyone can turn this franchise around. It has incredible talent but cannot get out if its own way and is well on the way to being in cap hell in a couple of seasons.

    Jerry has to learn to accept change. The worst thing that happened to him was to win a Super Bowl with Switzer, which justified his maverick ways of running a sports team moving forward. As soon as his stars aged and left, he thought he was smart because he got a brief rub with Jimmy Johnson and believed that player development should take a backseat to creating a buzz before the ball is snapped.

    Sadly, this won’t change until ol’ Jerry gets his last letdown.

  14. With the injury to Romo, there is a strong chance he may not play again,( ever ). Soooo Orton looked really good under the circumstances. Played a great game. He may be the Cowboy’s starter next year. Time will tell…

  15. madtownthrowdown says:Dec 30, 2013 6:53 AM

    and that’s why Kyle Orton is a backup. They can’t all be Matt Cassel (Circa 2005 ?) when he actually came in and took the Patriots to the playoffs.

    Cassel didn’t take the Pats to the playoffs. The year he stepped in for Brady, they went 11-5 and MISSED the playoffs on a tie breaker.

  16. “takes another sip of champagne” oh there’s nothing sweeter than watching the Cowboys lose…except for seeing Jerry Jones lose his cool on national TV.

  17. just like in Denver, Orton gave them “the best chance to win” over, say, a Tim Tebow. Has Tebow ever finished 8-8 as the primary starter all year? The NFL is so smart.

  18. Don’t worry about it Kyle; Chris Collinsworth still thinks you’re amazing & the best backup ever to grace a football field. Anywhere.
    I was absolutely shocked at the restraint he showed when he didn’t come down from the announcer booth to give him a big hug & a cup of cocoa after he threw his last interception.

  19. “Miles ran a great route”, Orton said. It was the same play we’ve done so many times before, the ‘Z-32 slant choke’. I threw it behind the receiver, just like Tony does in clutch situations, and got the interception. I wasn’t able to get the full pick 6 like Tony taught me because the defender gave himself up on the return, but if I get another chance week 17 next year I’m sure I can execute a Full Romo on the play.”

  20. Get Garrett out…Huge Dallas fan but can’t stand him…We all know about Jerry but he isn’t going anywhere until he kicks the bucket so complaining about him does nothing for change…

    Plenty of times we should have ran the ball…it’s a simple game Garrett…why make it so hard ???

    Fire Garrett ASAP !!!

  21. great game cowboys. its unfortunate orton threw that pick, he was playing good. i’d love to have him on my 49ers team.

  22. and that’s why Kyle Orton is a backup. They can’t all be Matt Cassel (Circa 2005 ?) when he actually came in and took the Patriots to the playoffs.

    2008…But you know, if you use “circa”, it covers you from not knowing what the hell you are talking about…
    and if 1 bad pass relegates one to backup duty, well, didnt Orton just do what Romo does?

  23. Jerry doesnt know you can lose with a $1 million/year QB. You dont need to give a $5 milliom signing bonus to a consistent looser.

  24. To the guy who thinks each loss brings Jones one step closer to leaving — the harsh news is the losses do not bring Jones one micrometer closer to leaving. Jones owns the team, and has lonnng insisted he’d never fire himself … EVER.

    Like the Raiders had Al Davis until the Grim Reaper took the baton — the Cowboys will have Jones until the Reaper comes calling.

    Even then, the team gets passed down to Jones’ son – again, as the Raiders were passed down to Davis’ son. Those two flagship franchises figure to be under the ultimate control of the Davis(es) and Jones(es) for the foreseeable future.

  25. ashutto20 says:Plenty of times we should have ran the ball…it’s a simple game Garrett…why make it so hard ???

    the game of football is very complex. nothing simple about it.

  26. Eagles almost spoon fed the Cowboys that game. Chip Kelly had very bad play calling from 1st and goal through 4th and goal. How do you not run SHADY one time? Brad Smith? WHY IS BRAD F’N SMITH THROWING ON FIRST AND GOAL? Next week against the Saints, I hope Chipper runs Shady and runs him often.

    Go Birds!

  27. I’d like all the talking heads who suggested that the Cowboys were “better off without Romo” to take a knee and kiss Tony’s throwing hand. Maybe his feet too, while they’re at it.

    Dallas D had one of their best games of the year. Orton was competent, but on his worst day, Romo doesn’t miss half the opportunities Kyle did.

  28. Orton made some really nice throws all game. He’ll be the goat in Dallas, but realistically if they hadn’t blown leads all season they wouldn’t have been 8-7 in a sudden death match with an Eagles team that struggled most of their season too.

  29. Garrett is as safe as a maiden in church because he is Jerry’s ‘decision.’ Jerry can make no bad decisions ~ just ask him. And I’ve got a flash for you. As long as 90-thousand plus show up to watch the Cowboys lose, Jerry won’t be influenced to change anything. He’s making money and virtually everybody is talking about his team. Dallas gets more print as a loser than any other NFL team and Jerry gets his mug on TV more than any owner or general manager. In Jerry’s world, that is heaven on earth.

  30. Orton said it was the same play they scored the TD on. One minor difference there skippy; on the TD, the Eagles had Patrick Chung covering Dez Bryant one-on-one. Patrick Chung couldn’t cover a Lane Bryant model!

    Word of advice to Bill Davis – let’s put tht play in the “what not to do against Drew Brees” pile.

  31. How very Romoesque of you Orton. Nice to know ya’ll are giving the. Dallas fan base a consistent experience…

    Best Cowboy moment of the season is the Jones grandson ripping off his Dallas jersey right after the Orton interception!! Too funny! It makes me chuckle everytime I think about it…

  32. Funny thing is….. money notwithstanding, this team as currently constructed, would be more effective (i.e more wins) with Orton as a STARTER and Romo as BACKUP.

    Orton is a QB who makes quick decisions and gets rid of the ball quickly. He also, in my opinion, is more accurate.

    Romo is a CLASSIC backup, with his famous gunslinger mentality.

    I mean the defense is still HOT GARBAGE, and the Owner, GM, defacto HC and ultra ego maniac is about as clueless as can be, but…… at least we ain’t the Redskins or the Browns! GO COWBOYS!

  33. Fairness…withallnthr injuries, I must say the team played ball, they left it all out their on the field. I’m very diss appointed in the loss, but that team showed me they can compete!
    On orton, listen after being idle for years he came in an did fantastic, of course that final int was romoesk, but it seems now to be a cowboy thing not a Romo thing!
    Jason Garrett, where to start? No head coach would still have his job after all these seasons at 8-8! And each year eliminations in week 17, period! He has mismanaged so many key points in so many games including last night, how can you possibly makes strong enough argument to keep him as a head coach? Run the damn ball! Last night orton had one key game losing play which was actually the int in the early part of the game that philly turned into 7 pts. Murray’s fumble that turned into 3 pts for philly, then the final int is meaningless.
    Garret, he mismanaged 4 key plays last night AGAIN, which was a mother game killer n lose!
    Orton on the two point conversion we all knew u were looking at Bryant, meanwhile us fans are screaming for you to throw it to a wide oped Witten! That’s lack of playing for Orton.
    But this lack luster, deeply injured Defence did show up! Yes to many big 15-20 yd McCoy runs which was killing us, but they showed up enough for or ten n especially Garrett to pull out a win. But no, I blame Garret on this overall loser of a season because this game shouldn’t have mattered, but because his game management sucks we lost four games by a total of what, 11 pts? Comon man!
    Now JJ, owner man, please PLEASE get a GM! A good GM will bring you to the prided land.
    On Romo’s future, well we all know Irvin n Aikman were retired due to disc issues in neck, well Romo n two back surgeries….. I truly question his health n being able to return ever! Backs are unkind! And jerry doesn’t think he needs to draft n groom a good QB? Hell I knew he was high all the time!!!!!!!!
    Anyway still love my cowboys, ware, your aging but solid still get healthy ! Murray, keep ur head up n run the rock, you got what it takes. Bryant, well you are incredible but concentrate on this game a little more, coulda lessened some of those key drops this year. Beasley, u man are up n coming! Witten, what can I say, arguably one of the best ever! Church, u played ur ass off this year! Lee, find a trainer to teach you how to loosen up so I stop these tearin/stress injuries we need u in the middle all 16 games! Hatcher, u deserved a pro bowl this year!!!!! Selvie, impressed me all year. Fredrick, great rookie year, good 1st long term pick up ! Romo, love ur play, the gun slinger, u make things happen, it’s risk vs reward with u. But if you end up having to retire, u just signed that contract, with $55 million garaunteed……if u have to retire I hope u take what u need to be secure n them help out the cowboys with that $$$ so we aren’t in cap hell for 5 years and without u!
    Anyway, my wish is, change head coach, comon Gruden!!!!!!! Players keep playing hard n get your buttscready for 2014, your fans need some playoffs from u! I have many more thoughts but I’ll bore u no more…. COWBOYS FAN FOREVER….JUST FRUSTRATED!!!!!!

  34. Jerry may not be the best, but at least he cares and wants to win. The owner down in Houston doesn’t care about winning at all. He’s been happy for 11 years with a crappy team because the stands are filed.

    I know Dallas didn’t make the playoffs, but man they had a lot of very entertaining games this year.

  35. Tebow replaces 1-4 Orton, takes Broncos to playoffs, wins in the first round, and never starts another game. Meanwhile, Orton stays in the NFL and makes $10 million. How does this make sense?

  36. Valorguy says: Dec 30, 2013 10:01 AM

    Tebow replaces 1-4 Orton, takes Broncos to playoffs, wins in the first round, and never starts another game. Meanwhile, Orton stays in the NFL and makes $10 million. How does this make sense?

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    Because Orton is quieter.

    Let’s face it, wherever Tebow goes the klieg lights follow. Even Dion Sanders in his prime didn’t get as much attention as Timmy does, and Dion was starting and actually helping his team.

    Why would a coach want to bring in a reserve who turns every press conference into a discussion about who is starting at QB?

  37. Because the drive ended in a TD, I haven’t heard any complaints about the ref’s wrongly penalizing the Cowboys for delay of game, when they clearly ripped them off for 15 seconds! You think it don’t matter but it changed the whole course of the game! I’m not a Cowboys fan but that could have messed up their momentum!

  38. At 8 & 8 Jerry makes Cowboy fans happy half the time, and the Cowboy haters happy half the time which fills Jerry World and huge TV ratings

  39. But wasn’t everything supposed to go great with Orton? Not because he was any good, but simply because he wasn’t Romo?

  40. -The bogus delay of game call had no impact on the final outcome of the game. They scored a TD a few plays later.

    -What does Jerry’s pet (Garrett) do during the game besides spit? He doesn’t call defensive or offensive plays. In fact, what does he ever do? Jerry picks the coordinators and players.

    -Dallas over the previous 15+ years: coaches come and go, players come and go; same owner/GM, same results—long live Jerry!

  41. I am an Eagles fan, and to tell you the truth, the Cowboys scared the crap out of me last night. I was on the edge of my seat the entire game, even when they were up by 10. I think Orton was very solid last night, with the exception of the 2nd int, the first one was not his fault.

  42. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 30, 2013 6:53 AM

    and that’s why Kyle Orton is a backup. They can’t all be Matt Cassel (Circa 2005 ?) when he actually came in and took the Patriots to the playoffs

    While Cassel led the Pats to an 11-5 record, they did not make the playoffs

  43. I was impressed with Kyle O, he performed well for a backup. I liked the way he got rid of the ball quickly. Their defense could do nothing when he successfully delivered the ball with his quick release.

  44. For us True Blue Cowboys fans, waking up this morning with the Dallas Cowboys not going into the the post-season sucks. However, going into last nights game, all we (Dallas fans) heard from the Eaglet fans was how Philly was going to throw up 50 points against our marshmallow defense, no matter who the the QB. But in reality, it was quite opposite. Dallas opens the game hitting the Eaglets in the mouth and drives 70 yards with a back up QB, just to have Murray hand over the ball and the momentum.. Philly had the momentum for a brief period and went up 10, but Dallas quickly got the momentum back and the defense held up to a very solid offense. We were in position to Win. But came up short because of a bad pass by a backup QB. We were beat by a better team, but almost shocked the world. Instead of hearing “great game” “you had us on the ropes” I have to read classless posts by fans who act like they have never been in the end-zone. Well, actually they haven’t. Dallas will come back stronger next year, count on that. Good luck with Drew Brees and the Saints, You’re going to need it. Personally, I would like to see the NFC East win another Lombardi Trophy. It would be great to see the Philadelphia Eagles players win their 1st Superbowl. The players are class acts. Yeah, I know Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett, Tony Romo, Bla Bla Bla…

  45. It’s very disappointing to everyone in Dallas that the Cowboys are, for the third straight year, 8-8.
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    Wrong! My sister got transferred to Dallas for work and still bleeds Green!!! She was at the game wearing her jersey and grinning from ear to ear!

    ICWT!! Go Birds!!

  46. jjbadd385 says: Dec 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    Because the drive ended in a TD, I haven’t heard any complaints about the ref’s wrongly penalizing the Cowboys for delay of game, when they clearly ripped them off for 15 seconds! You think it don’t matter but it changed the whole course of the game! I’m not a Cowboys fan but that could have messed up their momentum!
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    You know what really chapped my ass about that whole thing? Chris Collinsworth and Al Michaels droning on and ON AND ON for ages how “that play screwed the Cowboys”. How about that it was the FIRST PENALTY CALLED ALL NIGHT ON DALLAS?!? That’s not an exaggeration….that’s a fact. I’m not saying that whole clock thing wasn’t bs, because it was, and thank goodness it didn’t end up costing the Cowboys, or we’d NEVER hear the end of it. But the 32nd ranked defense in the NFL was holding and making illegal contact on at LEAST 10 different plays that I saw. They even ran one play back which they showed all three of the Eagles WR’s being held….no call. To me, the fact that the entire game, the Cowboys had ONE flag is way more ridiculous than anything else. Good thing my team one, so who cares! EAGLES BABY!

  47. I bleed Green and the fact is Orton played one hell of a game last night..scared the hell out this Bird fan and i give him props.

  48. Beautiful game by Orton right up until the time when he needed to play a beautiful game and he Romo’d it instead.

  49. Everyone seems to forget Dallas had 19 different defensive linemen this year. No matter the amount of talent, it is health that determines a team’s destiny. #CowboysNation

  50. I don’t know that I speak for ALL Cowboys fans, but I was and am extremely proud of every player that took the field against Philadelphia. No one seemed to give Dallas a chance, hope or prayer and our guys hung in there until the last minute when everyone seemed to be forecasting a blowout by Philly. I mean it with no malice toward Romo when I say that I’m perfectly comfortable starting next season with Orton, should it com to that, while Jones looks to draft an injury prone, near sighted, one armed hockey player from Bulgaria with our first round pick.
    Go Cowboys! Go Away Jerry!

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