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Tony Romo speaks about his ups and downs, the upcoming season and Terrell Owens.

We asked the quarterback how he dealt with that emotional roller coaster in 2006.

"I just assumed that all quarterbacks go through this all the time," Romo said with a laugh. "Anyone who played this position knows you are going to have your ups and downs. And a lot of it is out of your control. Sometimes guys make great plays for you and make you look better than you actually are. Other times they make you look bad with other stuff going on. I try to never, ever look at what's going on with me. I just live in the day and the moment and try not to look back too much and get better and improve."


On the upcoming season:
"We are excited," Romo said. "If I don't drop the snap, who knows how far we go in the playoffs the rest of the way? We are on the cusp of something special. We have a really good squad. We are coming back excited. We can improve by two or three or four wins. We really have the team to do it. It's tough when you lose Bill, but I love what we did bringing in Jason Garrett and Wade Phillips. It means we can achieve these goals."

On extending his contract:

"I think we are working on something this off-season," Romo said. "It's still early in the game there. I talked to Jerry Jones about it. I want to be in Dallas for a long time. That's the plan. I am playing for one of the greatest, if not the absolute greatest, franchise in all of sports. That would make anyone excited."

On Terrell Owens:

"I tell people all the time that I can only deal with what I see," Romo said. "I cannot judge people by what they did before I met them or the media's perception of them. Obviously people are going to get on him for certain things. He is a charismatic guy who says what he thinks. That will get him in trouble every once in a while. But from a teammate's perspective, I love him. He works hard every day. He wants to get better. He wants to win. And he feels as though getting the ball helps us win. And I understand why you get on him a bit but I like the guy and I like him on our team."

Here's the NY Post speculating that Michael Irvin might be out at ESPN, and the Tuna might be in.

Is ESPN on the verge of cutting ties with NFL analyst Michael Irvin?

One industry source believes the decision has already been made, and that some at the network view the outspoken Irvin as a ticking time bomb, ready to explode into a public-relations nightmare.

ESPN did not confirm or deny the report, but issued a statement, saying: "We are currently in the process of discussing studio assignments for next season."

There is speculation that newly retired Bill Parcells could end up at the network, but there is no indication that a deal is imminent.