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Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:49 pm
Romo thinks the press is blowing the Saints bounties out of proportion. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Bill Romanowski always had a reputation as a pretty intense guy on the football field. If you listen to his appearance on The Jim Rome Show below, you'll see that Romanowski hasn't lost his edge since he retired.

And when he was asked by Rome about the current bounty scandal (I agree with Rome: 'Bountygate' needs to die a quick death) surrounding the Saints, Romanowski blamed the snitches and the press for helping to blow it way out of proportion.

"I think the press has blown it way out of proportion," Romanowski told Rome. "At the end of the day I think this was about bringing a group of guys together -- a defense -- together -- to say, 'We want to be the baddest mother-effers in the league.' OK? This was internal motivation in their defensive room that should've stayed in their defensive room. Nobody should've leaked this.

"And guess what? Gregg Williams just created an incentive program to fire guys up and do what they do and that's try and hit people as hard as humanly possible. And if they got taken out on a stretcher and it was the starting quarterback they probably had a better chance to win. But is the intent to try and hurt someone and put them the hospital? I think no. That was not the intent. This was just an internal motivator for his defense."

("ROME with Jim Rome" debuts on CBS Sports Network April 3rd. Follow Rome on Twitter @JimRome.)

I also agree with Rome on the fact that Bill needs to get to an attorney and patent "GUESS WHAT?" Bart Scott-style as fast as possible. But I'm not so sure that the OG Romo really gets that the game has changed.

Sure, he told Rome that his hit on Kerry Collins in 1999 where Collins was bleeding everywhere would net him a $1 million fine today. But he also tried to make a tennis analogy with football and I'm not entirely sure it works.

"We're playing football here, Jimmy. We're not all of a sudden playing tennis and saying, 'Oh jump over the net and take out the other guy if he hits a nice shot," Romanowski said. "You put on shoulder pads and a helmet and you go out there and you try to hit people -- impose your will upon them and try to defeat them and LITERALLY take them out of the game by overpowering them physically."

It's possible to impose your will on someone else without violating clearly-defined NFL rules regarding the illegal nature of utilizing monetary incentives to promote violence on the field.

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Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:41 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

I was listening to this interview & it was the best romo ever! Describing the hit on Kerry Collins & the blood was insane. We miss you on the field romo!

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:23 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Romanowski was one of the baddest men in the league.  He wouldn't need a bounty program to encourage him to hurt people.

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:56 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

The NFL is being hypocritical, they already pay millions for players to hit each other.  They've chewed and spit out more players than you can count.  Football has always been a contact sport.  If the NFL was so worried about player safety they would have opened an NFL Medical Center long ago.  They have the resources.  The medical backing from a united front would have made it easier for players to adjust to the new rules and regulations.  They could be learning from all these retired and injured players, and how to minimize a lot of the injuries they sustained.  The benefits would have been astounding.  This is why I think all this bounty talk is B.S.  They already get paid to hurt each other, and the commissioners attempts to make it safer are laughable, the QB's are one step from wearing flags already.(Read: Dresses)  The reason they are worried is if their prize stars get hurt, they think no one will come.  Thus hit'm in the wallet.  So when it's all said and done, the motivation behind the NFL's actions should tell you it's all about the money, always has been, not about player safety, never will be, the dynamics of the sport won't allow it.  Unless you change it to flag football, that is.

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:12 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

I played football competitvly in high school. Hate to admit it but the sub-culture that is present in the NFL also exist at the college and high school levels. The players in a locker feed off of person side bets, not for the money associated with the bet but the pride and respect won from the bet. Now we never had bounties but we did target the other teams star players. That does not mean you attack the head or try to injure the person but you make your presence known by hurting someone. Hurt and injured are two totally different things(hurt = boo boo, injury = somethings wrong). I heard my coaches on more than onece say see 24(number irrelivent), he is a great player and we would liked him to be roughed up, he plays worse when he gets roughed up. I never once thought that there was anything wrong that and we never seriously injured another player. It was the nature of the game, the mental state you must be at to play the game correctly. Football has always been a violent sport and always will be a violent sport. I will say that there is no place for coach ran bounty systems in football. The story is truely blown out of proportion because most of the media never played the game and cannot understand the sub-culture because they have never experienced it first hand. 

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:27 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

This is just great. Now we are interviewing pill popping, roid addled, head hunters to provide a counterpoint to everybody that wants the Saints, their defensive co-ordinator, their Head Coach and their GM to take thier well deserved penalties without whining about it when it happens.
Lets not forget that the NFL already had warned the Saints to stop with the bounties. And nothing pleases Goodell more than anybody ignoring an order from the NFL hierachy.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:26 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Originaldigga14... Hey, I never said that I don't care what you said.  I simply laugh at the garbage you spew.  You wake up whining still about the NFC Championship game versus the Saints.  Read some of my other posts... The Vikings had 5 turnovers on the day.  They fumbled 6 times total in the game, and lost 3 of them.  Let it go... The Saints won, and it was not because of a bounty. It was not because of the refs.  It was because the Vikings played poorly.  Period.  The Saints will still be great this year.  Whoever believes this is going to destroy the Saints is pretty stupid.  It won't help them, but they are so good already, they will continue to win.  I will bet this much... the Saints will win more games than the Vikings this year.     

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:06 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Unforetunately, Goodell is not only destroying a franchise, he is destroying the NFL.  This is just one more feather in the cap of the "Goodell pussification of the NFL".  He hopes to have a women wide receiver in the next few years,so he must make it safe by changing the NFL to flag football.  OH Joy!  I'll be watching hockey, while the NFL goes down the drain.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:37 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Brees - you are funny guy.  If you don't care what I think, why keep responding?  It's because you feel guilty that your favorite little team got busted cheating and no one respects the Saints anymore.  If the tables were turned, a little hothead like you would go ballistic.  I'll sleep fine knowing Goodell is going to destroy your franchise.  I'm guessing that's why you got your panties in a bunch.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:17 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Drink another "shake" Romanowski. You were/are an embarassment to the game.

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:33 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Football is a sport that allows players to physically gain an advantage over their opponent on every play. In the battle for supremacy in a brutal sport, the athletes are pretty much forced to rachet up the violence in order to survive. They have to show their opponent that they'll do whatever it takes, and then some, to win. And if your opponent happens to think that you're crazy and you wouldn't mind ending his career, well then, that gives you an edge. Do you want to take the moral high ground and be the nice guy. Why do you think they say "Nice guys finish last!"? His career? What about your career?! Of course the goal is to knock the QB or their best RB out of the game! It always has been. The stakes are high. We want our football players to run through walls, not run around them. Concussions? Injuries? That's like jumping in a lake and complaining when you get wet. What do we expect?  

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