It's the perfect preseason premier in pewter for Dan Orlovsky. The Bucs' backup completes every pass he throws. But make no mistake, Orvolsky hasn't come to the Bucs to put pressure on Josh Freeman or start on quarterback controversy. Orlovsky knows his role.
"My role is to be Josh's backup, be ready to play and if needed, be ready to play at a high level," Orlovsky said.
His first task starts off the field with Freeman, passing on valuable experience.
"I've had some really good talks with him," Orlovsky said. "Being a little older, I've been around some really good quarterbacks. I just try to impart some things on him. He's young, he's had young guys around him at his position so."
Orlovsky speaks from experience. In Houston, he learned from Gary Kubiak and last year even though he was hurt, Peyton Manning made a lasting impression of excellence.
"The high, high standards he has himself and the expectations level he has for the people around him. That's also the stuff I'm trying to give to Josh," Orlovsky said.
"He's good, he can be great, and part of my job is to get him there. But also knowing that if called upon I'm going to go out there and play winning football."
Orlovsky has plenty of NFL experience with stops in Detroit, Houston and Indianapolis. But it was a college recommendation to Greg Schiano from a former colleague that sold the Bucs on bringing him to Tampa.
"My history with Dan goes way back to when he was at the University of Connecticut, said Schiano. He was a quarterback against us and Randy Edsall (UConn head coach 1999-2010) used to tell me stories about his work ethic that were above and beyond and he hasn't changed."
Orlovsky also knows what it's like to play in Ray Jay. He's been here in the preseason and took some beatings by the Bulls when he was at UConn.
"A beautiful stadium and a neat experience with the ship, said Orlovsky. It goes off I never expect it too. Gets me to jump it will be exciting to get to play a couple times in the preseason. I'm a big believer that's part of our job to put fans in the seats."
The life of a backup quarterback, playing the supporting role.
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