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Through Sunday's games, Romo ranked second in NFC passing with a 103.5 rating. He broke Troy Aikman's team record with his 14th career 300-yard passing game Sunday in his 32nd start. Aikman's 13 came in 165 starts.
In 2007, his first full season as a starter, Romo led the Cowboys to an NFC-best 13-3 record, but Dallas was upset by the Giants in the playoffs. He set team records with 335 completions for 4,211 yards and 36 touchdowns.
It was two years ago this month that Romo replaced Drew Bledsoe as the starter.
While Romo is a scrambler with a strong arm, Johnson's style is almost the complete opposite. Still, Johnson doesn't expect the team's offensive approach to change much.
"We're not going to change the names of the plays. The system is already in place," Johnson said.
Johnson said the team would still run "about 90 percent" of the plays it did with Romo.
"Obviously, we have to change some things," Phillips said. "No. 1, we want to protect the passer better, no matter who is back there."
Before coming to Dallas, Johnson started 122 of his 145 career games with Minnesota (1993-98, 2005-06), Washington (1999-2000) and Tampa Bay (2001-04). He's attempted 11 passes with the Cowboys, all in last year's regular season finale.
Johnson has completed 61.8 percent of his passes in his career for 28,627 yards with 164 touchdowns and 117 interceptions. He passed for 2,750 yards in 2006 with nine TDs and 15 interceptions.
Another former Viking, Brooks Bollinger, will be Johnson's backup.
Romo and McBriar weren't the only Cowboys hurt in Arizona. Wide receiver Sam Hurd will need surgery after he reinjured his left ankle, while rookie running back Felix Jones and linebacker Anthony Spencer have strained hamstrings.
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