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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: May 24, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:29 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Romanowski is just another rabid defensive player trying justify their actions.  It is also important to note that this behavior has gotten out of hand since the chop block and crackback block were eliminated.  I say remove those impediments and let offensive lineman start taking out defensive players.  Maybe that would get their attention.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:02 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Why are people interviewing this dbag and who really cares what he thinks. Let this moron go away forever. I didn't read the article, I just wanted to say that.

The media needs to stop putting people like him in the news.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:20 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

ROZELLE, that is....

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:18 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Anybody find it interesting that Gregg Williams, Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis have been forced into a plea-bargain?  "Our evidence really isn't that strong, but if you admit to your grievous sin, we'll penalize you less." Doesn't this sound just a bit ridiculous that these guys would suddenly cave and not try to defend themselves and their players? Goodell is a poor commissioner, has too much power and too little experience. Pete Rozell is SPINNING in his grave.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:08 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Originaldigga14... still on here crying about the Saints because they beat the Vikings... I love it.  Don't you have a twins exhibiton game to watch?  Or go analyze the lottery pick that the T- wolves are giving up this year.  When the Vikings are 3-8 next year, get back on the football site here, and give us your deep explanation about the plays that cheated your Vikings out of some wins.  Just stop whining for now... Vikings suck, Saints beat them and you are a bitter, sore loser about it.  

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:52 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Only difference between Romanowski and the Saints is that the Saints planned as a team, or defensive unit, to intentionally try to injure players.  Bill was a cheap shot artist on his own.  No coach had to tell him to purposely try to injure other players.  He was quite the maverick that way.

Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:43 pm

big hits

who doesn't love big hits.  i have vhs tapes of big hits from the 80s and early 90s.  didn't sports illustrated give them away with the football phone when you subscribed?  i am not sure if romo is the one to ask about anything though, unless it is about spitting in someones face or what kind of supplement to take.  isn't there someone less crazy that they can talk to, or does this follow the same format that the news does where you have to find the most interesting local to interview about the fire.

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:35 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Romanowski is spot on. He understands that this "bountygate" thing is just a reward program and that ALL TEAMS DO IT! What is really going on is Roger Goodell continued effort to take the physicality out of football. Period.

Goodall doesn't want defenses imposing their will on offenses through pain. But that is the very essence of the game itself. Do you know what Dick Butkus must think of all this wussy stuff that some of you are proposing????

Do you know what Deacon Jones or Lawrence Taylor thinks of all this sissy stuff that some of you are crying about??? Do you know what Ray Lewis thinks of all this sissy stuff some of you are crying about??

Football is becoming so soft that soon, players are going to be wearing tootoos out there. You might as well make the game flag football.

Mr. Goodall,
let me give you a little advice son, if you keep wussifying the game, we will ultimately stop watching and you will start
to lose your precious money. There will always be the element of injuries in the game of football. You can't legislate violence out of a violent game. We enjoy the big hits, and if someone gets hurt, oh well...that's part of the game and we've come to accept it and appreciate the game for it. It's part of the, " Only the strong survive" mentality of football.

Greg Williams did absolutely nothing wrong. All football teams have a "bounty" or reward system for knocking out opposing players on the other team. Williams organized it maybe better then most but so what?


Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:33 am

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

you're all nuts if you think the highlight reel is going to go away. the most gruesome hits still make the highlight reels every single week. james harrison's hits get replayed time and time again.

this is a violent sport. i agree that this has been somewhat blown out of proportion. but if you're going to have rules, then you have to enforce them. this shouldn't be a daily headline. what happened to the good ole days when raiders' players would take peopl e out for free?

and has everyone forgotten about 'bounty bowl'? or any team buddy ryan was associated with?

this country continues to get softer and softer. our society has become weak and frail and a far cry from a strong nation. i'm all for penalizing viscious hits to the head and knees. the guys like harrison shouldn't just be penalized, but suspended for the length of time that the players they take out miss as well.  particularly when it happens at the hands of the same culprit time and time again. and i'm not just picking on harrison. he's just the dirtiest player in the league right now.

there is a happy medium to this thing. the people complaining about big hits are the same ones that are upset about their 200 pound 4th grader being made fun of. or they're bitching about the inability to find jeans that fit their fat a**. 'everyone's a winner' = B.S.

let's just penalize these guys for breaking a rule multiple times, and move forward from it.

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:12 am

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Romanowski is the wrong guy to ask about this, but "bountygate" is most certainly being blown out of proportion. This is a league generated, specifically Dick-Tator Goodell generated controversy. The idiotic Goodell could have easily handled this matter with internal league discipline, meting out punishments to Gregggg, Sean Payton and Micky Loomis. The whole thing could have been over by now.....But nooooooo. He makes it a media event, multiple meetings, announcing an investigation and feeding frenzy. Then the pompous, hypocritacal media gets invloved. "Well I never!". Really? Bounties have been the worst kept secret in the NFL for years.  This reminds me of the baseball steroid scandal where for years everyone in the media looked at Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa and knew, just knew, they were roiding up, but didn't say a freakin thing until Pud Selig decided it had gotten out of hand. Then all of a sudden the media is howling......"well I never!"........Puleeze. Who's the most penalized team in the league? Not the Saints, not even in the top 5.

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