Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo sat down with the NFL Network crew on Thursday, one in a parade of laid back interviews one can always expect from the week leading up to the Pro Bowl. Interesting for Cowboys fans was the very local feel of the interview; Rich Eisen, the show's host, was the only member of the panel not to have suited up for the Dallas Cowboys at some point or another.
Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin flanked the Dallas quarterback as they dissected the basketball prowess of Sanders and Irvin, Romo's feelings toward head coach Wade Phillips and how TV's Mark-Paul Gosselar (Zack Morris) managed to get on the bad side of Primetime. (More on this later.)
The sit-down started on a more serious note however. Sanders, stipulating that he was (a) a historically honest critic of Romo and (b) proud of him for his growth in 2009, asked Romo how he deals with the hyper-scrutiny of Dallas.
"Well, first off, being in your position, I completely understand that if we don't play well, that leaves you open for criticism," said Romo. "And if you don't like that, you have to play better."
Concerning Romo's perceived growth as a quarterback, particularly as it pertains to this 2009 season, the Dallas quarterback said that it was an organic development; that, outside of winning, of course, constant improvement is the paramount concern for the NFL player.
"As and athlete or a competitor, you're always striving to improve and get better. As far as me growing and things of that nature, it's always a process of improvement. Every day when I go out there, its strictly about 'how am I going to get better today?' and that includes Sundays," Romo said. "It is about winning, and winning is the overall theme of the National Football League, no question. But I believe in my heart that improvement is right there with it. The wins, they'll come, they'll take care of themselves if you continually get better as an individual and as a unit, as a team.
"It allows you to be the player hopefully you can become one day."