Tony Romo: I'm not an 8-8 quarterback

IRVING, Texas -- The last time Tony Romo directed the Cowboys to the playoffs was in 2009. Since then, he has a 17-21 record.

Romo enters his seventh full season as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback in 2013. His focus is on ending the team’s mediocre run.

“We were 8-8 the last couple of years, that doesn’t sit well with me,” Romo said. “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. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that doesn’t happen again. That just sits there and eats at you. We make choices to do everything that we can to change that.

“That’s the approach you take in an offseason. Really every offseason, but it’s there, staring us in the face right now. We’re going to exhaust everything to make sure this football team gets better to take the next step.”

Romo signed a six-year contract extension with the Cowboys in March worth $108 million that included $55 million guaranteed.

Romo could have opted to play out the final year of his contract and become a free agent in 2014, but the thought never crossed his mind.

“For me, I wanted to end my career here with the Dallas Cowboys and achieve what we started,” Romo said. “Now it’s obviously been some good times and some times that we’ve had some rough spots, obviously. In a lot of ways I know that this team is continuing to get better, and using those experiences to be better, and it’s going to be good.”