A three-interception game in a crucial Week 17 contest hasn’t cost Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo the confidence of his coach: Jason Garrett says that he remains a believer in Romo and looks forward to coaching him for years to come.
“We have a great belief of Tony Romo as our quarterback,” Garrett said. “Tony has won a lot of big games for us, too, to get us to the point where we can play for the division in Week 17 in consecutive years. We all know that we want to take the next step, and Tony is going to be a big part of that going forward. You have to understand the whole body of work. You have to understand that winning is how we get evaluated. He’s done a lot of great things for this franchise. We’re excited about him being our quarterback.”
Just playing for the division in Week 17 in two consecutive years, however, is not good enough. The Cowboys need Romo to play well and lead them to a win, and he didn’t do that in either of the last two years’ Week 17 NFC East championship games.
Romo, who will turn 33 in April, is heading into the final season on his current contract in 2013, and you could make a good case that it’s time for the Cowboys to start planning for a future without Romo. But Garrett doesn’t seem to see it that way. Garrett believes that he and Romo will be together in Dallas in 2013 and beyond.