Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
IRVING, Texas — Tony Romo‘s 12-16 record in December and January regular-season games hangs around his neck, but as the Dallas Cowboys prepare to play their first December game of this season on Monday night against the Chicago Bears the quarterback does not think much of the calendar change.
“You’ve got to be able to find a way to win those games,” Romo said. “That is just part of a football team growing and getting good enough to go win in tough environments. I think our football is continuing to grow and having a great chance to do that. I don’t think the football team cares about December. They care about winning this game. You could put this game in October, January, whatever, and it’s going to feel the exact same to us. It’s just a matter of going out and winning.”
Speaking Wednesday on 105.3 The Fan, owner and general manager Jerry Jones did not dismiss the December woes.
“I think it’s real and I don’t mean to be trite,” Jones said. “You can probably tie that [into] why we have had disappointments in December. It’s hard to build up in this time of the NFL. It’s hard to build up enough edge to play at that level during December, so you better be moving or having your arrow going up rather than going down.”
Since 2009, Romo is 7-8 in December/January games, and the Cowboys have lost their last two season finales against the New York Giants and Washington Redskins that kept them from winning the NFC East and claiming a playoff spot. He was intercepted three times by the Redskins, including a fourth-quarter turnover with the Cowboys down three points.
Romo missed the final 10 games of the 2010 season with a broken collarbone, but since 2009 he has thrown 28 touchdown passes and been intercepted only seven times in 15 games. He has had seven games with at least 300 yards passing and 10 games with a passer rating of better than 100. He has had two four-touchdown, no-interception games and the Cowboys lost both times.
“I think for us it’s just about winning,” Romo said. “I think you guys (the media) add the extra stuff (to) the winning. All that matters is getting the job done. No one cares about anything else. You guys can throw December; you’re great in this; you’re bad in this; you’re dada, dada, dada … But it just doesn’t matter. It’s about getting the job done either way.”
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