No reeling in Romo

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys don't want to change Tony Romo. They don't want to strip the quarterback of what makes him special.

They want to help him be more consistent so he can once again be mentioned among the NFL's elite quarterbacks.

Coach Wade Phillips elaborated on his quarterback last week, once he finished his Wednesday news conference. First of all, Phillips makes it clear the club has no interest in turning Romo from gunslinger into game manager, heading into today's game at Kansas City.

"(Media) are making that change, or people are trying to say that," Phillips said. "We're just trying to make him be a good quarterback and do the things he has done in the past, and do it a little bit better. That's what we're trying to do with him.

"We're not trying to change him. We're protecting the ball in the pocket more. We're not trying to change the offense. We've just got to get it accomplished."

Phillips was asked if being too careful or cautious with the ball could hinder Romo's play-making ability.

"Sure it could," Phillips said. "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."

Phillips sees no difference in Romo's natural instincts or ability to make big plays. He doesn't want to tie his quarterback's hands on those plays. What Phillips did say was that Romo has "got to be more consistent on the other stuff."

Have the two spoken since the Denver loss?

"He's going to do well because he works hard at what he does and is a talented guy who cares," Phillips said. "He'll do better and better."