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Wednesday January 2nd, 2013

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett says Tony Romo is the future of the team. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett says Tony Romo is the future of the team. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys have missed the playoffs in three of the past four seasons, but head coach Jason Garrett believes the team does not need to make a change at quarterback.

Garrett says Tony Romo is the future of the team. Romo is under contract with the Cowboys for 2013 for $11.5 million and Romo requested that all talks about a long-term deal be shelved until after the season.

“We have a great belief of Tony Romo as our quarterback,” Garrett said to the Dallas Morning News. “Tony has won a lot of big games for us, too, to get us to the point where we can play for the division in Week 17 in consecutive years. We all know that we want to take the next step, and Tony is going to be a big part of that going forward. You have to understand the whole body of work. You have to understand that winning is how we get evaluated. He’s done a lot of great things for this franchise. We’re excited about him being our quarterback.”
Romo, 32, passed for 4,903 yards with 28 touchdowns and 19 interceptions, including three in the Cowboys' 28-18 loss to the Washington Redskins that knocked them out contention for the NFC's final playoff berth.

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