IRVING, Texas —
“We are a close-knit group,” Romo said. “More than anything I trust those guys. I know they trust me. All the things that come about during a season, there are going to be moments, but we believe in each other.”
The chatter outside the locker room isn’t quite so Romo-friendly, of course. It’s the same chorus that arose for most of Romo’s more recent failures in crucial moments: Do the Cowboys have a championship-caliber quarterback?
“There’s no question it’s been going on a long time,” said receiver Dez Bryant, Romo’s top target in his fourth year out of Oklahoma State. “Even when I was in college, you know, I used to hear things. And I always thought Tony was a great quarterback and he still is to this day.
“He’s the leader of our football team. As soon as things go right, everybody will be praising him.”