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Remember: Dallas Cowboys QB Kyle Orton is the backup for a reason

20120523_mje_se2_423IRVING - Whatever expectations Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton faced as a fourth round pick out of Purdue in 2005 he has easily exceeded.

He has played a lot of games (71). He has won a lot of games (35). He's made a lot of money (think millions). He is only 29. He should be in the league for several more years. Not many guys who play football do as much as Kyle Orton has.

The end.

Signed by the Cowboys during free agency this offseason, Orton is here to backup Tony Romo. Nothing more. 

I come from the John Clayton School of Backup QBs - if your team asks your backup QB to do anything outside of five games, you're screwed. Even the good ones can't do it for more than five games and expect to win. They get exposed, and eventually overmatched.

Orton is 35-34 in his career as a starter, and 9-20 since 2010. In his career, he's thrown 80 TDs and 57 picks. But the Denver Broncos cut him for a reason. The Chiefs didn't re-sign him for a reason, same as the Bears. 

"When Kyle Orton became available he was someone we really targeted. I really thought he was a heck of a player in the draft," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said on Wednesday. "It didn't surprise us he had success right away. (Cowboys QB coach) Wade Wilson coached him in Chicago. When he became available we thought that was a really good pick up for us. ... He is capable of being a starter in this league."

Orton's history says he can indeed be a starter on the average teams, which makes him better suited to be the backup on good teams.

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Romo's record is just a bit better than Orton's but not by much. Orton should be a starter on this team. Because this is just an average team. Will never be any better than just average. Jones makes sure of that because he is an idiot.

Blinky (another Pacman reference for those of you keeping score)

The Cowboys will blow next year. They could bring just about anybody in and they will still stink next year.

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