There are two sides to every argument. For this argument, it’s the Brandon Weeden side or the Kyle Orton side. That’s the decision that the Dallas Cowboys need to make about which quarterback will be the one to back up starter Tony Romo in 2014.
Many will say that it’s just an obvious decision that the team would want to go with Orton if he comes back for 2014 as the backup quarterback, but is that really the smartest idea? You’re bringing in a quarterback who was on the verge of retiring, obviously has no interest in playing football anymore, and putting him in as the second-string quarterback. That’s basically asking for a disaster.
Say that Romo was to go down in 2014 and Orton had to step in. His heart wouldn’t be there, and he wouldn’t be focused on trying to win the game as much as he’d be focused on trying to get through the game. That’s not something you can have from a quarterback, or any player in the NFL, and that’s how players get hurt.
Weeden may have had a rocky career start with the Cleveland Browns, but that’s not to say that he won’t be a solid backup for the Cowboys where he’s apparently looked pretty sharp in his time with the team. Not only is Weeden out there working with the wide receivers and getting to know the playbook currently, but he also wants to be on the field which is huge.
I’d say going with Weeden over Orton isn’t crazy, but it’s actually the right call. It’s time for Orton to go the route that he wants to go, which is retirement, and pass the backup duties on to Weeden.