Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/15/12

Yes, J.R. Ewing brought his drama back to Dallas this season on TNT. Still, I don't think it will match the drama coming out of Cowboys Stadium this year. Why?

Kyle Orton specializes in drama and he is the new backup quarterback to Tony Romo.

You may remember Orton got caught up in the "Guiding Tebow Light" drama last season with the Denver Broncos.

After a mediocre 1-4 start, Orton was benched for the faith and football phenomenon that is Tim Tebow.

Orton really only had one good game last season, a 24-22 squeaker of a win over eventual playoff team Cincinnati. Against the Bengals in Week 2 he went 15-for-25 for 195 yards and two touchdowns.

True, he did beat Tebow in the last game of the season. As the Tebow drama unfolded and the Broncos started winning, the benched Orton became regular fodder for mocking on Facebook and Twitter. One popular YouTube video featured an Orton look-alike having an emotional breakdown about the Tebow takeover.


When he couldn't stand the melodrama any longer, he asked to be traded. The Broncos honored his request and he and his bruised ego were picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs. That's where, in the last regular season game of the year, he led  the Chiefs to a 7-3 win over Denver.  A 7-3 score is a game too ugly to have any highlights and Orton didn't stick around in KC.

Now he finds himself in Dallas and the drama has already started. In their preseason bore fest against the Oakland Raiders, the Cowboys managed a 3-0 win. If there are no highlights in a 7-3 win, there is definitely no SportsCenter love for a 3-0 victory.

Of course this is preseason so Romo didn't play much. But one of his chief offensive weapons, tight end Jason Witten, injured his spleen and is out for the preseason. He may even need surgery. That drama happened almost before the first commercial break.

Plus, Romo, Orton and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may find themselves in a love triangle gone bad this year if the Cowboys don't produce wins. Jones has been vocal about his displeasure with the team's overall performance and has publicly signaled that this may be the last chance for a core group of Cowboys, including Romo and Witten. That would put Orton in the spotlight.

The pressure is on and the drama is high. Orton may need a few tips from J.R. Ewing on how to survive and succeed in Dallas.

 



MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Hit Stick: What is the one sports video game fans need to buy this holiday?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dorial Green-Beckham fined for wearing non-charity Yeezy cleats

Chargers GM won’t commit to Mike McCoy’s return in 2017

Report: Police close to arresting Matt Barnes for alleged assault

Carmelo: Cryptic Instagram posts were about Phil Jackson

DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors won’t go away

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

NFL folks think Jabrill Peppers ‘more hype than substance'?

Joe Haden: Winless Browns the 'laughingstock of every joke’

Did Del Rio give Reid the stink eye after Thursday’s game?

Lane Kiffin reportedly believed Houston job was his

Harbaugh stands by claim Pats broke rules in 2015 playoff game

Green, Durant laughed at Jazz coach for not surrendering

Why UCLA's Lonzo Ball is the most interesting player in college hoops

The NBA goes courtside to curbside: Drinks and rides for discerning fans

The best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

CFB Crash Course, Graduation: Final grades and awards

NHL All-Star Game fans are in search of another John Scott

Box Score 12/9: Carey Price has had enough of your nonsense

MLB Winter Meetings, Day 4: News, notes and rumors

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

Ten most significant developments of the NBA season

Ten bold predictions for NFL Week 14

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

MLB Winter Meetings report, Day 3: News, notes and rumors

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Why UCLA's Lonzo Ball is the most interesting player in college hoops

The NBA goes courtside to curbside: Drinks and rides for discerning fans

CFB Crash Course, Graduation: Final grades and awards

The five best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

NHL All-Star Game fans are in search of another John Scott

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

MLB Winter Meetings, Day 4: News, notes and rumors

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

MLB Winter Meetings report, Day 3: News, notes and rumors

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker