Tony Romo: I need to be better to lift Cowboys


The Dallas Cowboys showed their commitment to quarterback Tony Romo by resisting the temptation of drafting Johnny Manziel. They instead used their first-round draft pick on an offensive lineman for the second season in a row.

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In an interview with NFL Media’s Desmond Purnell, Romo wouldn’t look back at his career when asked. Instead, Romo looked to forward with optimism saying he needs to be better to lift the team.

“You know I’m not into the looking back kind of thing,” Romo said, via “You know when I’m done playing I’ll do that but right now it’s about improving and I’m not done growing as a football player, I have to keep getting better.

“If I don’t get better, it doesn’t help our football team. We weren’t good enough before and it just means that I have to be a better player to help this team get to where we are trying to go and that’s my ultimate goal each year.”

It might not be that Romo needs to be better, he might just need to be healthier. For the second offseason in a row, Romo is coming off back surgery. Earlier in the week, Romo had said he felt close to 100 percent.

“I don’t think it’s slow anymore,” Romo told’s Rowan Kavner. “I think earlier on, right after surgery, you kind of go through that mode of getting healthy, kind of having to not do too much right away. But now I’m to a point where I can push it and kind of go, and I feel like at this point I could play in a game if I had to.

“Obviously you wouldn’t want to right yet, just to let it completely scar up and heal in all the areas that you want. In the next couple weeks I think I’ll be 100 percent.”