Romo: About time Cowboys take next step

Romo: About time Cowboys take next step

Published Apr. 12, 2012 4:06 p.m. ET

Tony Romo said Thursday that he's not thinking about what happened last season. He's not dwelling on how close the Cowboys came to defeating the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium and how close the 8-8 Cowboys came to making the playoffs.

The franchise's quarterback says his mindset is to look forward and focus on what the 2012 team has to do to improve.

"It's all going forward," Romo said on The Ben and Skin Show [KESN-FM] 103.3 in Dallas. "To be good or great at what you're trying to do athletically, you got to have a singular focus about what's next. That's good and bad. Whether something great just happened, you got to put that behind you and move on because you have to go do it again. If something bad happens, you have to learn form it, put it behind you and get better form it and move right on.

"I think that's our approach. For myself, it's just about how can I improve? How can I get better? Now, can I bring my teammates along with me? How can they improve and get better? Then our football team can take that next step. We're doing some things that I think will allow us to do that. I'm excited about some of the stuff we got going on. I think we're going to be an improved football team next year. It's about time that we go to that next step, and I think our team is going to be ready for that."

Here are a few reasons why Romo could be optimistic.

The Cowboys have made significant free agent additions at backup quarterback, offensive guard, fullback, inside linebacker, safety and cornerback over the last 30 days. Further additions and changes will be made later this month following the NFL Draft. A defensive unit that struggled down the stretch last season is expected to be improved after having a full offseason to prepare under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

Romo added: "I think we're getting to a point where we're going to have some pieces in place that are going to help us quite a bit, and we're going to have a chance."

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