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Phillips: Romo's not 'playing terrible'

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Tony Romo spoke to reporters in Dallas today for the first time since Sunday's 17-10 loss in Denver. He didn't say anything particularly revealing, but he sort of bristled at the suggestion that he was becoming more of a game manager than a playmaker.

"I think you want to be a guy who protects the football and makes plays," Romo said. "That's what you're looking for."

Coach Wade Phillips came to Romo's defense -- in that sort of underwhelming Phillips sort of way. Asked if Romo's desire to protect the ball could be affecting his ability to make plays in the passing game, Phillips said, "Sure it could. But I don't think he's doing that. He's working through it and we're working through it. He's not playing terrible. We've just got to get him playing as one of the top guys in the league, which he is. We've just got to get him back there."

OK, I'll be visiting with Chiefs coach Todd Haley via phone Friday. I'll let you know what he says.