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October 25, 2013

Romo after 100: Sharp but flawed

IRVING, Texas — Tony Romo has the most yards passing in the first 100 starts of any quarterback in the Super Bowl era — ahead of Kurt Warner, Dan Marino and Peyton Manning.

The Dallas quarterback takes that impressive stat into Sunday’s game against Detroit, which beat the Cowboys two years ago with a huge rally fueled by the downside of Romo’s resume — critical turnovers.

Offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, Romo’s new play-calling partner after taking over those duties from coach Jason Garrett, says he hasn’t “spent a minute” looking at video from that 34-30 loss to the Lions.

Callahan showed his faith last week by riding Romo’s arm to a touchdown in a 17-3 win over Philadelphia right after an interception that was similar to the 2011 Detroit game.

“Trust is a really, really important word — in any organization, first and foremost,” Garrett said. “And certainly you have to have a lot of trust when you’re trying to execute offensive ball plays.”

The Cowboys trust in Romo — good or bad.

He’s been mostly good in his seventh full season as the starter. He joined Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman as Dallas quarterbacks with at least 100 career starts, throwing for 317 yards against the Eagles to put him at 27,485 as a starter.

That’s 44 more yards than Warner and 211 better than Marino. It’s nearly 10,000 yards better than Staubach or Aikman, but the number that matters most in that comparison is Super Bowl titles.

Staubach has two, Aikman three.

There will never be a shortage of people to remind Romo how many he has, until he wins one anyway.

“You know that, and that’s what it’s going to come down to,” said Romo, the franchise leader in touchdown passes and second to Aikman in other major categories. “That’s what your goals are.”

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