Romo ready for 2nd year in charge, 1st in control

IRVING, Texas (AP) - This time last year Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was the cover guy on plenty of magazines.

Romo went on to set all sorts of records last season on the way to a 13-3 record, matching the most wins in the team's proud history.

Dallas wound up losing in the playoffs for a second straight year -- but Romo secured his spot in the NFL hierarchy.

Now Romo is preparing for just his second full season as a starter as the Cowboys head into Sunday's opener in Cleveland.

Romo says this year things that he had to think about are more second nature in some areas.

Terrell Owens, Jason Witten and Patrick Crayton remain the top receiving threats for Dallas.

Coach Wade Phillips says Romo's experience and the consistency around him will pay off in faster, better decisions when his first or second passing option is covered.

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