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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: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:37 am

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

It's not likely you will ever hear the words "Bill Romanowski" and "great guy" in the same sentence. He was neither liked nor respected by his peers. When he played the game he was feared because he was a 'roid raging maniac capable of doing anything, from spitting in your face, to breaking bones in a pile up, to cold-cocking a teammate at practice. Hardly the man you would want to seek to deliver a rational opinion on anything. But then again, that's probably why he was on Rome's show.

The Jacked Up segment was discontinued by ESPN because even they eventually realized that segment in the show was promoting unnecessary violence in an already violent game. In other words players were seeking opportunities to lay out an opponent when a tackle would suffice in order to make the highlight reel of a national broadcast. Anyone remember the hit Warren Sapp put on Chad Clifton during an interception return when the ball was twenty-five yards passed the point of contact? People will argue that the hit was legal and there are knuckle draggers on this site that will say Clifton should have had his head on a swivel during the play. But the fact of the matter is he was an offensive tackle trotting twenty five yards behind a play moving at twice his speed when Sapp decided to go for the highlight reel unnecessarily jeopardizing Clifton's career with the hit. Bounties create the same situation and corrupts the game on so many other levels.

The money a bounty generates may be an incentive to players but it isn't about putting bread on the table. The money is really secondary. Sure, it may mean a new pair of high dollar shoes, some bling, a new tat, or an evening at the club but all of those things are simply another pelt to add to their belt in their competition to prove is the most ruthless amongst their peers. None of which is worth the risk of ending another player's career when the line is crossed. 


Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:26 am

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

The hypocrisy of the NFL knows no bounds.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:54 am

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

I am with Romo on this one. Nobody likes a tattletale. This should have never came out. I want to know who actually said something. In high school. our coach would tell us to destroy the other players at all costs. We lost a total of 6 regular season games during my 4 years in high school. I have a problem with having to pay extra to already rich players just to do there job. Football is brutal and should stay that way. We played to win at all costs but I don't think we ever hurt anybody every seriously. We just wanted the "PRIDE" stickers for our helmets. Our coach even punched a kid a practice (I couldn't tell how many times he kicked a guy in the but, myself included) and it never came out. What happens in the locker room should stay there (unless you play at Penn State). 

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:08 am

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

just last year espn had a segment called JACKED UP and it showed great hits.
couple years ago the nfl had 30 min shows of nfls greatest hits.
So i ask WHY NOW ???
Because as thinking human beings, we learn new things, and we adapt and evolve based on new information. Like the medical technology that can now tell us with greater clarity and detail just how bad the damage can be, whereas before we didn't have that. Not to mention the long-term studies that are now coming in to tell us - again - just how bad the damage is.

The league has new information, and said information is being incorporated into a new paradigm. That's what learning is, and that is "WHY NOW".

I'm not sure what prompted the question in the first place. It's not as if some nefarious conspiracy is being carried out in order to offend the insecurity and inflexibility of some fans. They're proceeding based on the best evidence available. It's only rational. We used to give thalidomide to pregnant mothers to combat morning sickness - until we found out it caused birth defects. Stopping the practice wasn't a plot by evil masterminds to ruin the purity of pregnancy; it was the rational and moral thing to do base on new information. It didn't require justification. Neither do player saftey measures and actions to stop bounties.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:56 am

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

...because when i think measured, thougthful, and rational, I think Bill Romanowski.

And guess what, Bill? You were a cheap thug then, and you'd be a cheap thug now.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:50 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

This guy was a butcher, high on steroid rage and why should anyone listen to him.  He actually broke Dave Meggett's finger at the bottom of a pile for no apparent reason than to hurt him.  I don't think his is a voice to be listened to.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:14 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Coincidence that Romanowski was known as a dirty player?  I think not.  If I'm the Saints, I really don't want Bill Romanowski to have my back.  It seems those who defend the "bounty" nonsense are usually those players (present and former) who have poor reputations anyhow. 

The bottom line is football is dangerous.  Are they trying to hit someone as hard as they possibly can?  Yes.  We all know it.  The problem arises when a coach (who has authority in some form) makes it a point to reward players for causing injuries, especially monetarily.

All the arguments against so far I've heard was that it wasn't a lot of money, chump change, and wouldn't even equal the potential fines.  But the monetary amound is irrelevant, it has to do with authority and will of those in charge.

I don't believe a single player should be fined or reprimanded otherwise.  The players are expected to follow the coaches example and orders, if you will.  It is a culture that starts at the top.  Sure, it'd be great if a leader of players stepped up and refused to partake.  But come on now, to expect a player to stand up to the coach and possibly the rest of the team is a bit much.  Especially when the coach really should know better. 

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:01 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

nasty fellow. Romanowski is.

Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:52 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'


Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:20 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

your an ass romo, let kordell spit in your face you loser

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