In his first seven years in the National Football League, Dan Orlovsky was often in the wrong place at the wrong time.
His 12 NFL starts have come with the 2008 Detroit Lions (0-16) and last year's Indianapolis Colts, who lost their first 13 games before Orlovsky started in a couple of December victories. Now the 28-year-old quarterback is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will carry a 10-game losing streak into the upcoming season.
The Bucs aren't asking Orlovsky to turn things around, but they are hoping he might help to turn around starting quarterback Josh Freeman.
''I know what my role is,'' Orlovsky said. ''My role is to be Josh's backup and, if needed, to be ready to play at a high level, winning football. I'm confident in that. It's also my role to make sure he's as prepared as he can be.''
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Orlovsky had some impressive numbers for the Colts, starting the last five games of a season destroyed by Peyton Manning's neck injury. He completed 30 of 37 ...