The competitive nature to be the main guy controlling the flow of the game is a given for each quarterback in the NFL. The assumption is that everyone holding a clipboard doesn’t want to be, but apparently that’s not the case for Kyle Orton. While the Dallas Cowboys paid him handsomely to be the back-up to Tony Romo, Orton also recently said that he didn’t care for a starting role after all.
In an interview with ESPN Dallas, Orton said he didn’t care for a chance to compete for a starting spot. Instead, he wanted to know his role as a back-up rather vie for the No. 1 role on the depth chart.
Well I’ve kind of been in that situation the last three or four years just going into camp and competing. To be honest with you I don’t think that situation has worked for me. I don’t think it’s worked out for the club. I think you need to know who your guy is going to be going right into the season and backing that guy. I don’t think that’s been the situation that I have been in and I really didn’t want to get into that situation again. I’m fine with knowing my role as the backup on this team. I am going to be the best backup I can and support Tony [Romo] any way that I can.
It’s clear, then, that KC didn’t do anything wrong when it came to signing or not signing Orton. Instead, it was out of their control since Orton didn’t want a chance to be the main guy in KC. While it’s odd to hear Orton say that since it’s the opposite of what is typically believed around the NFL, at the very least it explains what Orton was thinking this time around.