The Cowboys reportedly will decide today if quarterback Tony Romo can play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles in the season finale and NFC East title showdown. If Romo can’t play, back up Kyle Orton will play, and Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is confident he can lead the team which is why he was given a three-year $10.5 million deal.
“This is exactly the circumstances,” Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday. “We know that to make that kind of commitment to your backup quarterback, you’ve got to anticipate it being a very significant time. Well, one of the significant times is if you’ve positioned yourself to be able to compete for a championship.”
Orton does have extensive experience as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Of course his erratic play made the Denver Broncos elect to play Tim Tebow instead.
“He’s the quality backup quarterback that allows you to do that, and that’s exactly what we thought we were getting when we agreed to make that commitment with him,” Jones said. “This is it. There’s only one or two times that can justify that, and this is one of those.”