Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. It's arguably the most spotlighted position in all of American sports. Let's take a deeper look at the current Dallas quarterback roster heading into the 2013 season.
Tony Romo is obviously the Cowboys' starter heading into next season, especially after his blockbuster contract extension. His place on the depth chart doesn't need any analysis. He does need to have a stellar season after getting the $108 million dollar deal, however.
In 2012, Romo completed over 65 percent of his passes, threw for almost 5,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. Unfortunately for Dallas, he also threw 19 interceptions, tying his career worst for the category.
What has also led to considerable criticism for Romo is the lack of success in big-game situations. The Cowboys have lost the final game of the season each of the last two years. In both games, a playoff spot was on the line. Romo's 1-3 playoff record with the Cowboys also gives his haters plenty of ammunition.
Romo needs to lead this team to the postseason in 2013 and put together a Pro Bowl-worthy season. Doing so won't silence all his naysayers, but it will silence a decent amount of them. It would also show the NFL why the Dallas brass has faith in No. 9.
Kyle Orton was brought to Dallas to back up Tony Romo and that hasn't changed. Orton proved to be a serviceable NFL starter while with the Broncos and is arguably the best backup in the league today.
He has experience leading an offense and threw for more than 3,600 yards in 2009 and 2010 with Denver. The Cowboys needed Orton to throw just 10 passes in the regular season last year and he completed nine of them. He even threw his first touchdown pass as a Cowboy against the Bears last year.
Dallas doesn't want to ever have to turn to Orton this upcoming season. Having to turn to him would mean that Romo was either hurt or a game was out of reach. That being said, the Cowboys know that they can rely on Orton to keep the offense chugging along if he is ever needed.
Dalton Williams was signed as an undrafted free agent this offseason. Being undrafted, his chances of making the team largely depend on his play in training camp and preseason.
While those things have yet to happen, he's at least been shown that the team likes him more than Aaron Corp. The former Buffalo Bill was cut May 9, just two days after signing with the team.
Dallas could decide to go through next year with just Orton and Romo at quarterback if the team wanted to. Williams needs to prove to the Cowboys why he's worth one of the 53 roster spots.
Williams may not have total control on whether he makes the final roster cut, but he'll have the chance to make his case soon enough.