TONY ROMO ON ...
IS THIS YOUR MOST FRUSTRATING OFF-SEASON? -- "I think it’s easy right now to understand everyone is disappointed. Any time the season doesn’t turn out the way you want it from an organizational standpoint or a players, it’s very disappointing. But when you don’t achieve your goals each season it’s always tough. I don’t rank them, which seasons are worse. When you don’t have a successful season it’s never a good thing."
WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN READY FOR THE WILDCARD ROUND? -- "Yeah, I would have figured out a way obviously to get back out there. That’s what we play the game for, playing those games. It’s disappointing that we’re not in that part of it right now. Believe me, we’re going to do everything we can to make sure this doesn’t happen again."
DO YOU ALLOW YOURSELF TO THINK ABOUT WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN HAD YOU BEEN HEALTHY? -- "You don’t want to live in the world of what ifs. It happened, it’s unfortunate. We all knew when you come back what the reality of a collar bone situation is. But you know, I think we’ll take steps and do some things to make sure that doesn’t happen. You’ll see us hopefully play at a much higher level going forward."
ARE YOU GONG TO PUT A PLATE IN YOUR COLLARBONE? -- "We’re going to look at the scan and figure out the strength of the bone. They have incredible things to really almost figure it out exactly as far as how strong it is, what the percentages are and there are some pretty unique ways – even if we don’t get that – there are some other ways you can help. I think that’ll hopefully ensure it becomes very minimal to likely happen again, and that’s encouraging."
IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT THIS SYSTEM THAT IS TOO ROMO-FRIENDLY? -- "Well, it's kind of a silly comment to be honest with you. Sorry, but, just in the sense that good quarterbacks make systems usually evolve and get better and then players can do something well. They're going to make a system work. And that's my job is to make any system work. It doesn't matter who's system it is. You know, and then the coaches are going to do the things that put you in the position to be successful. At the highest levels, it's all about execution. 95 percent of coaches are doing the same thing. It's just a matter of players going out and executing and doing things faster, doing things better, but we're not doing anything different in terms of a lot of other teams. The stuff that you sprinkle in that is different, those are the week to week adjustments that are made. But they'll be running a similar style of system for 25 years after I'm gone. So, I don't think it has to do with any specific player. The systems aren't just about an individual. The reason that they have a system is that they think it can handle, and that's defensively and offensively, that's really everyone in the NFL. They get players to handle their system. And then the players make that system go the best they can with their talent and abilities."
COULD YOU ELABORATE ON THE CONVERSATION YOU AND JERRY HAD ABOUT FUTURE AT QB? -- "Yeah, I mean, you could ask Jerry about that stuff. I'm not going to talk about the conversation we had. But we're going to evaluate everybody and the organization is going to look at who to take and they're going to take the best player. If the best player there is a quarterback, then that's what our team needs. Our team needs good players. That's what we need. And if it's the best player at a different position -- I'm just obviously a player on the football team and I don't have to make those decisions and I'm glad. My job is go out and get better and make sure this team wins next year. And I'm going to do everything in my power to insure that."
HOW USEFUL CAN SITTING AND LEARNING BE FOR A YOUNG QUARTERBACK? -- "Yeah, I mean, that's always good. But I think you saw Kellen do some good things here the game yesterday. And I think that he's learned. He's had time. He's been behind. And that helps you. That's a good thing for him."
WAS IT TOUGHER TO WATCH THAN 2010? -- "Well, sometimes because you know you had a chance to come back a couple times this year. That's obviously a tough part because you want to help your football team. And we just weren't in a position to win the division and play and be a part of the playoffs. And that's really why you play the game at this point is to be a part of those games and get your team into contention to win a championship. So, that will be my goal next year and going forward. And I am going to exhaust myself to insure that our team is playing these games next year."
HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO THE 12-4 SIDE OF THINGS? -- "We have a long way to go to prove and get better and we're not even thinking about that yet. We have to improve as a team right now. We don't think about the records and all of that. We just weren't good enough this year and guys got to look at themselves and they got to understand that they have to come back better in a lot of different ways. But a lot of that starts with each individual looking in the mirror and deciding who he wants to be. And after that, go out and execute your plan to insure that you're going to be that person that you want to be next year. So, you just got to make sure that guys understand that it starts now."