There’s no doubt that the Dallas Cowboys will be in better shape this week, with Tony Romo under center, than they have any time in the past eight weeks.
But head coach Jason Garrett made it clear in his press conference on Monday that the team can not view Romo’s return as an elixir that will cure all that’s ailed them over this seven-game losing streak.
Because, as you might have noticed, the Cowboys’ problems over that span went way beyond quarterback play, even if the quarterback play was the most noticeable part of it--which of course it was.
"Tony is a good football player and he's been a good football player in this league for a long time," Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. "He's a starting quarterback for our team for a reason. He's made a big impact on our team for a reason. He's made a big impact on our team since the time he became the starter, so we feel really good about the contributions he can make. Certainly, when you bring a player like Tony Romo back in, there's an expectation he's going to make a positive difference for your team. Just like any time you lose a starter and he comes back, these guys start for a reason."
"But if we feel like just because Tony is back everything is good that's the wrong approach. We have to get better in all three areas. We have to coach better, we have to play better. All three phases of our football team have to play better, and we think Tony can help us do that."