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“We were 8-8 the last couple of years,” Romo said. “That doesn’t sit well with me. I don’t think I’m an 8-8 quarterback. I don’t think this organization is comfortable being 8-8. We’re going to do everything we can as coaches, players and in this building to change that.”

Romo’s interpretation of his owner’s line about Peyton Manning is that Denver’s quarterback, a former Super Bowl winner with Indianapolis, has always had an unusually direct relationship with coaches.

It’s not that Romo and Garrett haven’t worked closely the six seasons they’ve been together. But Romo figures it’s natural that he’ll have more to say about the game plan rather than just waiting around Monday and Tuesday for it to show up.

“The older you get, you develop that a little bit as a quarterback,” Romo said. “If you do some good things in the past that allow you to show, then you can have a little more of that. That’s part of the growth that takes shape.”

He was showing some of that during his idle time on the practice field.

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