Romo has been sacked only seven times in 206 attempts, one more than the league-leader, Peyton Manning, and has not fumbled once. He has thrown seven INTs, but that stat is misleading since five of those seven picks were off tipped balls.
So why are the Cowboys a 1-4 team this year?
"None of us here thought we were going to be in this situation" Romo told reporters yesterday. "You don't work as hard as we do and commit to every day and doing the things we do to be like this. It's not fun. It's not enjoyable and you have to figure out a way to win and get yourself out of this and that's what we're trying to do right now."
He does not feel the season is lost, but he knows a defeat Monday night could seal the Cowboys' post-season fate.
"I think that the season is not over yet, so as a competitor and as an athlete, you're always going forward and trying to get better and improve and trying to turn it around when you get in those situations. All I know how to do is to work hard and keep your head down and go forward. It's still the first quarter of the season – it just ended. So, for us, it's about trying to play our best football game this week and trying to get a win. We are really in a hole here and we need to come out and play our best game this week."
Romo knows a win will go a long way to helping this team overcome more than just their bad start, but their confidence issues as well.
"Well, it would give you a good feeling at the end of the week for all of the time and training that you have to put in. I think for us, we have to play well. We have to play well this weekend to win, to beat these guys. I think that it would be an important stepping stone going in the right direction for the rest of the season and it would just hopefully carry over, but we need to put in a lot of work this week first....I don't know that you ever think of one game as a…it's not the playoff game where you win or lose and your season is either over or you keep going. It's obviously important and we do need this win and it's getting to that point where the season hinges as you continue to go forward. I don't know when that is, that specific game. You never know how it's going to turn out. You never know if 8-8 gets you into the playoffs or 12-4. It's just that the season will play itself out the way it is supposed to. I do know that this is very important. We need to play our best game this weekend."
He was asked to give his assessment of the Giants, a team that has been disabling quarterbacks almost weekly and whose running game is back in gear.
"Yeah, they're doing some good things. I think that like any team it's always turnover ratios and things of that nature are always the big thing – when you get them and you're not giving them up, I think that matters a lot. When you watch, it's tough to get down the field and score on these guys. Long drives are difficult, they're good. They get minus plays, they run the football, they're well coached, and they're good players."
Finally, Romo was resigned to analyze his team's strengths and failures.
"I think that for us, every team gets magnified or dissected depending on whether you win or lose, so when you're losing, you're not doing anything well, and when you're winning, you're doing everything well and everyone is a great player and everyone is a great coach and the rest of it, so…that's part of the world we live in playing in the National Football League and once you understand that, it's easier to look to the little things that can separate each game and figure out what those are that can get you over the hump. For us, it's just minimizing mistakes, some things we have to do to get better. The good things are…each game is a little different, we do different things well. I think we're moving the ball pretty well up and down the field watching teams…we haven't been able to win at the end of the day and that's really what the objective is, so that's what matters."
quotes courtesy Giants communication dept