Tony Romo looks at bigger picture

Updated: September 28, 2012, 9:25 PM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Only once before has Tony Romo presided over such a low-scoring offense for the Dallas Cowboys.

Despite scoring just 47 points in their first three games -- tied for the fewest in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles -- Romo prefers to look at the bigger picture: The Cowboys are 2-1 heading into Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears.

"It's about winning and losing, that's what it comes down to," said Romo, who saw the offense score just 58 points during a four-game stretch in 2009. "You want to execute to the highest level each week, but at the same time we know that getting a win is as important as anything else and all the other stuff is about getting better.

"If you lose, you still go through the same process. If you win, you still go through the same process about trying to figure out how to be better next week as a player, as a unit, as an offense or defense or whatever. We're taking that and we're going to continue to get better."

Like coach Jason Garrett, Romo points to negative players, penalties and the opposition as the reasons why the offense has not performed better.

"We need to do the little things better," Romo said. "That will help us a lot because we're already doing enough good things. We just need to minimize the stuff you can control, the stuff that should be stuff we're good at."

With the Cowboys' offensive line under scrutiny and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan not sugarcoating the performance of the unit through three games, Romo put on his promoter's hat Friday.

"I just think they're continuing to get better every week they play," Romo said. "You're always going to have things you want to do better from a football game in general, but they're working hard and have had a great week of practice."

How confident is Romo on a scale of 1 to 10?

"Let's go with a 10," said Romo, who has been sacked seven times this season and was hit often last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I feel very confident."

Romo was sacked a career-high 36 times last year and has suffered rib, hand, collarbone and finger injuries in three of the last four years that have cost him games or limited him in games.

"You just go out and play," Romo said. "At the end of the day, I have to control what I control. If someone gets beat, it's my job to help them out every once in a while and do that.

"You don't want to make a living at that just because at some point that's going to catch you, but at the same time it's part of my job to do that. And they're going to make me look better on other plays. It's just everybody helping everybody."

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter