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Tony Romo says the Cowboys are ready to take the next step

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The Cowboys took a step forward last season, improving from 6-10 to 8-8, but it wasn’t the big step the folks in Dallas were hoping for. This year, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo says, his team is ready to take a much bigger step.

Romo said on the Ben and Skin Show on KESN-FM 103.3 in Dallas that he believes he’s personally ready for a big year, and he’s going to lead the way in the Cowboys having a big year.

“For myself, it’s just about how can I improve? How can I get better? Now, can I bring my teammates along with me? How can they improve and get better? Then our football team can take that next step,” Romo said, via the Dallas Morning News. “We’re doing some things that I think will allow us to do that. I’m excited about some of the stuff we got going on. I think we’re going to be an improved football team next year. It’s about time that we go to that next step, and I think our team is going to be ready for that.”

In Romo’s six seasons as the Cowboys’ starter, they’ve made the playoffs three times and won one postseason game. Is “that next step” the Super Bowl? Romo thinks they’re going in that direction.

“I think we’re getting to a point where we’re going to have some pieces in place that are going to help us quite a bit,” Romo said, “and we’re going to have a chance.”

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  1. sakatak says: Apr 13, 2012 7:10 AM

    Baby steps for Tony.

  2. geniusesq says: Apr 13, 2012 7:12 AM

    Yearly statement that won’t be backed up on the field.

  3. chiefsfan79 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:12 AM

    To win a playoff game?

  4. tjacks7 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:13 AM

    I love when teams talk big in the offseason, makes it even more amusing when they crash and burn.

  5. irishgary says: Apr 13, 2012 7:15 AM

    Step backwards. Romo doesn’t have the heart of a champion, if he does he chokes on it.

  6. joetoronto says: Apr 13, 2012 7:15 AM

    Talk is cheap, Tony.

  7. bdawk20 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:16 AM

    Winning a playoff game???

  8. defenestrati says: Apr 13, 2012 7:16 AM

    “… Cowboys Ready to Take the Next Step.”
    Moving in together?

  9. 4t9er says: Apr 13, 2012 7:19 AM

    Why do they keep saying these things?! Promise less, deliver more.

  10. packattack1967 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:22 AM

    whatever…

  11. sizvampire55 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:22 AM

    What is he supposed to say? Me and the Cowboys once again won’t live up to the unrealistic high standards that the biased national media and our tradition sets for us because we’re just an average team?

  12. tom35mt says: Apr 13, 2012 7:26 AM

    Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Champs 2012

    DEAL WITH IT HATERS !!!

  13. waltdawg says: Apr 13, 2012 7:27 AM

    How will he feel about being the 3rd or 4th worst QB in the NFC EAST? Depends on who you like…Vick or Romo?

  14. kdub79 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:27 AM

    For a second while reading this I thought I’d somehow woken up in 2011. Or 2010. Or 2009.

  15. arcaero says: Apr 13, 2012 7:27 AM

    broken record…skip…skip…skip

  16. bdfun400 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:28 AM

    There’s just one thing holding them back….QB…probably defensive backfield too

  17. marvinmillersucks says: Apr 13, 2012 7:29 AM

    Jerra’s annual bull s*** push for relevancy through the media… free buffet for all “reporters” at the boy’s games!

  18. qdog112 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:29 AM

    We have seen Romo’s best football. Aside from the occasional WTF, panic move he’s known for, he’s not too bad. Romo’s major problem is that he’s not a leader – never has been – never will be.

    The Cowboys have been rudderless for a long time and it shows. Their only leader is the guy ion the suit and he can’t play from his suite.

    I believe the Tony Romo experiment is over and that they will draft a QB to replace him. Jerry would have given his right arm to have picked Cam last year and to have a shot at RG3 this year.

  19. mojosmagic says: Apr 13, 2012 7:30 AM

    Tony is on the best shape of his life.

  20. jpk6044 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:31 AM

    Seems like someone from the cowboys is always saying this…

  21. arlingtonsynn says: Apr 13, 2012 7:32 AM

    Does this mean they are in for drafting Tannehill?

  22. Patriot42 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:33 AM

    The first thing the Cowboys should do is to fire the GM.

  23. homelessmole says: Apr 13, 2012 7:33 AM

    Doesn’t he say that every year?

    Talk, talk, talk, talk…

  24. slowclyde86 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:35 AM

    Why do some teams always seem to talk this way? It sounds as if he is trying to talk himself into it. Less talking, more doing.

  25. august1969 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:37 AM

    Bledsoe definately greased up that ball.

  26. realbenrush says: Apr 13, 2012 7:37 AM

    This statement is as frequent as Favre’s retirement.

  27. TheWizard says: Apr 13, 2012 7:37 AM

    The sports media agrees.

  28. angrycorgi says: Apr 13, 2012 7:38 AM

    I’m a cowboy fan, but Romo says this every blinking year…give it a rest!

  29. 12strikes says: Apr 13, 2012 7:41 AM

    The sun will rise…..
    The sun will set…
    Dallas will proclaim that they are going to win a The Super Bowl.

    Every year only 2 out 3 happen.

  30. starfan79 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:43 AM

    I live in Dallas and heard this interview, they asked him if this was te year they make the Superbowl, he said that he doesn’t know for sure and was happy to see what this offseason is turning into and that the pieces they have added will help them take a step in that direction. He also said that as a QB he won’t be satisfied until he does win a superbowl and he gets really (pissed) off every time they lose a game. My favorite part of the interview as a Dallas fan was that he said the birth of his child in the offseason was perfect timing for him on a professional level so that there won’t be any distractions when camp comes around.

  31. penz84 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:46 AM

    As if.

  32. gmsingh says: Apr 13, 2012 7:53 AM

    As long as “taking the next step” means into a pile of dung, I’m on board with that.

  33. cowboyfan45 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:55 AM

    So when Tony was talking about taking the next step, he really meant about being a father to his newborn son and changing diapers, not a Superbowl….because if he’s talking about a Superbowl, he needs his diaper changed because he’s full of ^%@#

  34. vilelabyrinth says: Apr 13, 2012 7:56 AM

    I’m not a cowboys fan..but isn’t this the kind of stuff you want your qb to think? I don’t see what’s wrong with this statement.

  35. pencilmonkeymagic says: Apr 13, 2012 7:59 AM

    Average team. Average QB. If it were any other 6-10/8-8 team this wouldn’t even be news. How ’bout them Cowboys!

  36. ham1 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:03 AM

    sizvampire55 says:Apr 13, 2012 7:22 AM

    “What is he supposed to say? Me and the Cowboys once again won’t live up to the unrealistic high standards that the biased national media and our tradition sets for us because we’re just an average team?”

    No he should just quit running his piehole for once and prove it on the field. That has not happened yet. His bejabber flapping has, year after year.

  37. football2011 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:08 AM

    Hasn’t he pretty made this same statement every preseason for the last 8 years?

  38. andyb053 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:14 AM

    How many times each offseason do we have to hear this? Just shut up and let your play on the field do all the talking.

  39. dvdman123 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:15 AM

    Does this mean Tony is leaving?

  40. milesrunner262 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:23 AM

    So you’re sayin there’s a chance

  41. melonheadsdaddy says: Apr 13, 2012 8:27 AM

    @tom35mt- baaaaaaaaahahahaha you’re delusional if you think that’s true.
    @mojosmagic- what kind of shape is he on?
    The road through the NFC east goes through the giants or the birds…considering Philly was 5-1 in the division last year and only got better ill go with the latter as opposed to the former. I’ll wait while most of you cowboys fans consider my statement and try to figure out which team I’m picking..

  42. rockthered1286 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:28 AM

    2010- PFT- “Cowboys vow to take the next step”
    2011- Copy + Paste.
    2012- Ditto

    Dallas fan comments:
    2010- “Boys will be this year’s SB Champs!”
    2011- Copy + Paste.
    2012- Ditto

  43. dirtybird28 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:33 AM

    People constantly like to bash Romo, and if you followed his games closely you’d see it takes plenty more than a qb.

    Their top two receivers and rb’s are constantly in and out of the line up from injuries. He gets pressured more than most QB’s in the league due to a mediocre (though improving) OL. The defense has been garbage the last couple of years. He pissed away the Lions game, but the other 7 games push blame allllll over the place.

  44. bullcharger says: Apr 13, 2012 8:42 AM

    Look at what Romo said vs the rest of the words in the blog post. Romo didn’t say anything wrong at all. Improve, team improve, have a chance. That’s all.

  45. barstoolio says: Apr 13, 2012 8:48 AM

    Hopefully they are at the edge of a cliff.

  46. wozzmann1955 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:49 AM

    Tony takes time out from smokin richard to drink some un-kool-aids

  47. mpayne12 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:50 AM

    That all depends on how quickly romo gets benched for orton. haha

  48. gavriloprincip33 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:56 AM

    The Stat Queen has spoken…

  49. danimal1027 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:56 AM

    How many times has romo said this? This is getting more amusing then the Rex Ryan superbowl guarantees

  50. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Apr 13, 2012 8:57 AM

    Tony Romo is a nice man and a good QB. Unfortunately the window closed on the Cowboys in 09. I would like to see him on a true contender

  51. xxwhodatxx says: Apr 13, 2012 9:00 AM

    I don’t think there is a more delusional team or fanbase in the NFL

  52. st1llerz1 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:03 AM

    Isn’t this what we hear from all the loser franchises?

    This is the year the bungles string two years winning seasons together.

    This is the year the clowns break through that elusive barrier and win more than five games.

    This is the year the cowgals bring together an “enormously talented roster” and dominate the league.

    This is the year the Bucs ridiculously young roster matures and they come together as a cohesive unit.

    Blah, Blah, Blah….

    As a fan of the AFC North, I concern myself with the crows. The rest of the division takes care of itself. I have the utmost faith in the inept management groups that run the Mistake by the Lake and the “Jungle”.

    GO STEELERS!

  53. cowboynation9 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:06 AM

    If you honestly believe Romo is the Cowboys main problem you either don’t watch the games or know nothing about football. They have a lot of big problems, QB isn’t one of them. Romo’s coming off a career season. He made a couple important mistakes like EVERY other player but his supporting cast wasn’t good enough. Without iced kickers and blown leads by the defense, at the end of games, he easily would have been 13-3. Not to mention he was the fourth rated QB in the league. So just stop.

  54. ceschatz says: Apr 13, 2012 9:10 AM

    Gotta love the Romo hate, even though 90% of you would kill to have him on your team.

  55. billymc75 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:14 AM

    An above avg QB on a below avg team his whole career, most people can’t stand that this guy went undrafted and not to their team. I bet I can name about five teams that would love to have him. Numbers don’t lie he’s a better QB than the teams he’s been on.

  56. hit2hurt says: Apr 13, 2012 9:18 AM

    All of you fools act as though any of the other 31 starting QBs would say ANYTHING different if they were asked the same question in an interview.. bias is humorous! ;)

  57. akd1287 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:18 AM

    He didn’t say anything…I mean, I hate the Cowboys, don’t get me wrong. Romo just said the him and his teammates need to improve and they’re ready to be a team in contention for what all 32 teams play for every year. Indirect and ambiguous responses to direct questions isn’t making a bold statement. I know we’re all itching for the season to start but let’s not yell “Fire!” where there isn’t one.

  58. NoPayneNoGain51 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:20 AM

    The next step would be to get rid or Tony Romo. Dude just does not have it. He’s a CHOKE artist and will never take a to the SB.

  59. skinshail says: Apr 13, 2012 10:03 AM

    All I have to say is RG3! RG3! RG3!

  60. londonfletcher says: Apr 13, 2012 10:04 AM

    I heard the funniest joke today. Somebody said “Tony Romo says the Cowboys are ready to take the next step.”

  61. bison4me says: Apr 13, 2012 10:04 AM

    “Tony Romo says the Cowboys are ready to take the next step”

    Wow, Romo got word of his release?

  62. bhindenemylines says: Apr 13, 2012 10:05 AM

    NoPayneNoGain51 says:
    Apr 13, 2012 9:20 AM
    The next step would be to get rid or Tony Romo. Dude just does not have it. He’s a CHOKE artist and will never take a to the SB.

    ————————-

    Yeah, because Plunket and Elway both won their 2 SBs in the first six years of their careers too, right?

  63. rockthered1286 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:27 AM

    ceschatz says:
    Apr 13, 2012 9:10 AM
    Gotta love the Romo hate, even though 90% of you would kill to have him on your team.
    ____________________________
    Rodgers, Brees, Manning, Brady, other Manning, Matt Ryan, Flacco, Dalton, Newton, Vick, Shaub, Stafford, soon to be RGIII and Luck. All set at QB.
    So there’s that.

  64. glac1 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:38 AM

    That seems to be the “annual state of the team report” from Romo. I’ve heard this for the last five years but instead of “taking that next step” they continue to be the leagues top UNDER-achieving team in the league. I think they will remain that way as long as Jerry Jones is around.

  65. annotheracct says: Apr 13, 2012 10:51 AM

    Says the guy who is holding back the team. He need to look in the mirror.

  66. bozorocks says: Apr 13, 2012 10:52 AM

    Tony Romeo needs to get over himself a bit. This is nothing new from him. Face it folks, the Dallas Crybabys are not Americas team anymore and NO ONE really cares what thier QB says. Go Greenbay Packers !!!!!

  67. thetooloftools says: Apr 13, 2012 10:54 AM

    He is turning into the king of retoric. Shut up and win something.

  68. micker716 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:57 AM

    9-7!

  69. dexterismyhero says: Apr 13, 2012 11:04 AM

    Yeah, but there are around 30 steps on that stairway.

  70. ezmagic says: Apr 13, 2012 11:06 AM

    Lol the cowboys been trying to take the next step since 1996. Who voted them “America’s” team anyway? They’re not my team. Not even close…

  71. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 13, 2012 11:11 AM

    Next step where?

  72. nokoolaidcowboy says: Apr 13, 2012 11:11 AM

    Tony, Tony, Tony…sometimes it’s better to not say anything and just do your talking on the field.

    Since the flubbed field goal (you should not have been holding) we have been waiting to see this team that looks good on paper step it up.

    Just show us.

  73. vilelabyrinth says: Apr 13, 2012 11:19 AM

    NFL Films gave them the name.

  74. stevenreichert says: Apr 13, 2012 11:41 AM

    Yeah right . . .

  75. redskinspolo says: Apr 13, 2012 11:43 AM

    Just stop this is getting ridiculous!! same thing every year…

  76. thewassabi says: Apr 13, 2012 12:01 PM

    Wait another pre mature super bowl prediction for the boys, jeez seems like every yr their bound for the super bowl

  77. urworstnitemare58 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:06 PM

    I’m not sure who gave them the name, but I don’t recall getting to vote for this as most of us that go back that far.
    Their defense has no heart. They lost a lot of games in the 4th qtr because of the defense not being able to stop anyone so it was either conditioning or no heart and I would suspect the latter.

  78. melonheadsdaddy says: Apr 13, 2012 12:07 PM

    cowboynation9 says:
    Apr 13, 2012 9:06 AM
    If you honestly believe Romo is the Cowboys main problem you either don’t watch the games or know nothing about football. They have a lot of big problems, QB isn’t one of them. Romo’s coming off a career season. He made a couple important mistakes like EVERY other player but his supporting cast wasn’t good enough. Without iced kickers and blown leads by the defense, at the end of games, he easily would have been 13-3. Not to mention he was the fourth rated QB in the league. So just stop.

    _______
    Stop what? is this 13-3 before or after you dumb fat defensive coordinator got stomped on by the eagles not once but TWICE? by your rhetoric, the eagles should have been 13-3 considering they blew 5 4th quarter leads…i guess philly’s excuse is the lockout…right? did i miss anything?

  79. melonheadsdaddy says: Apr 13, 2012 12:10 PM

    and isnt football a team sport? “HE would have been 13-3″? Man you cowboy fans are more delusional then me and my Philly fans…its ok…at least I can admit it..just wanna take it to fat rob again and ill be happy…hopefully Jerry will let him speak at some point before the season begins..

  80. bison4me says: Apr 13, 2012 12:13 PM

    Tony Romo = Danny White plain and simple. Can Romo punt?

  81. kevpft says: Apr 13, 2012 12:18 PM

    I hope they’re ready to take the next step. Let’s face it, this division is only interesting when it’s genuinely competitive, and there’s been a real lack of that in recent years. I want all four teams to be competitive. I want them all to be playoff contenders, and to have that drama.

    The Giants won the SB, but they were a hit-and-miss team all year, as was every other NFC East team.

    I want the Redskins to be right in the thick of it with RG3. I want the Giants to stay good, and for the Cowboys to start living up to their promise. I utterly detest Mike Vick, but I’ve liked the Eagles in the past, and want them as a worthy adversary.

    In short, I can’t imagine any real football fan not wanting *every* team to be competitive and achieving at the next level. A bunch of so-so teams winning arbitrarily each week is incredibly boring.

  82. trefkennedy says: Apr 13, 2012 12:23 PM

    A wiseman once said,that sometimes the truth isn’t good enough,sometimes people deserve more,sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded,it’s been a long time but if your a faithful member of Team Cowboys, we gonna shock the world this season

  83. Vegas Guy says: Apr 13, 2012 12:44 PM

    And for today’s obligatory Cowboys article….

    Fine. Tony Romo says this EVERY year. So does Jerry Jones. So does every crackhead Dallas fan. Dallas has sucked since Jones got it into his head that he was smarter than Jimmy Johnson. He wasn’t, he isn’t and the Cowboys are VERY far away from another championship.

    Tony Romo is an above average QB *at* *best*. He needs to shut up and try to keep his job.

  84. Vegas Guy says: Apr 13, 2012 12:45 PM

    I expect a NY Jets and/or NY Giants article soon too.

  85. butter7299 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:48 PM

    I love these so called “fans” who do nothing but rip their team apart. Go root for someone else if you don’t like the players, coaches, system, etc.

  86. jpb12 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:22 PM

    Same quote they pull out every year.
    Heard it, Seen it… shut up & do it

  87. jcg23 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:10 PM

    @waltdawg What in the Hell has Vick done that would make you think anyone should or would take him over Romo since becoming the starter of the Eagles?

    *crickets*

  88. diamondmo33 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:57 AM

    Please

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