Romo doesn't think about non-Saints trade

December, 20, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- Back in 2006, the New Orleans Saints wanted to trade for then-Cowboys backup quarterback Tony Romo.

Newly hired Saints head coach Sean Payton was on Dallas' coaching staff prior to being hired by New Orleans, and he spent extensive time with Romo as part of a group of coaches who helped develop the QB. But Bill Parcells, then the Cowboys' head coach, didn't want to trade Romo.

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Instead, the Saints signed Drew Brees, and Romo eventually became Dallas' starter during the 2006 season, replacing Drew Bledsoe.

The teams meet Sunday at Cowboys Stadium. After Thursday's practice, Romo was asked what might have been if Parcells agreed to the trade.

"I'm not into looking into guessing about what would happen; that stuff happens the way it's supposed to," Romo said. "When I look back, I was lucky to be around Bill when I was young. It was great for a lot of guys' career."

This is the first time Payton will not coach the Saints against the Cowboys since becoming New Orleans' coach, and Romo wasn't interested in discussing it.

"Yeah, I'm sure it will be [strange]," Romo said. "He's always been out there for the New Orleans game."

Does Romo see how much the Saints have missed their coach when watching them on tape?

"I don't watch their offense," Romo said

Payton is suspended this season for his role in the bounty scandal. Saints quarterback Drew Brees said it's been difficult to not have someone on the sideline he considers a mentor. Brees said the Saints have missed Payton.

Romo was asked whether it would be hard for him to play minus his head coach.

"I haven't really thought about it, honestly," he said. "It hasn't happened to us."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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