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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 30, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:55 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

Didn't Romanowski intentionally break some players fingers?  Now he is the voice of reason?  Come on.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:53 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

---Bad guys genrally speaking try to take out the good guys, what's wrong with that?

Do you have a son in high school football? Does he play offense or defense?

I'll tell you the problem with this invcentive's sick. A guy making a million dollars a year is incentivized to hit a quarterback hard by being promised a whole $100 to do so?

No wonder 80% of football players are broke 5 years aftertheir career ends. They're stupid.

Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:37 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

I do agree with Bill on this.  The media hype has blown this entire thing out of control.  This was purely for motivation and winning.  In Bill's days of playing football, if you walked off the field not bleeding, you were not trying hard enough.  I admit, the sport has toned it down some over the past few years because they are trying to make football safer.  Before you know it, they won't need helmets and they will just have to pull the flag.  Flag football at the professional level.

I was raised watching football and you always looked for a hard hit.  Ronnie Lott and Kenny Easley were known for knowing the heads off receivers.  How do you think they made it to the Hall of Fame?  Even Dick Butkis was a hitter! 

I don't think its right to get paid to hurt someone...especially after you have been warned by the league...but...with that being said...what is the difference of being paid extra to take a dude out and being paid extra for a great catch.  Incentives are everywhere!

Just my opinion and I cannot wait for the football season to begin!

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:21 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

I agree with Bill Romanowski, he played football like it should be played.  Sure, he might have been a "tad" dirty, but he played with heart.  I think defensive players should be the bad guy, while the offensive players are the good guys who get credit for scoring.  Bad guys genrally speaking try to take out the good guys, what's wrong with that?

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:20 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

This idiot has some nerve weighing in on this topic. A steriod popping druggy know for over agressive cheap shotsm saying this whole thing is over blown. Wow, that's equal to the devil saying the heat of hell is overblown, all in your head, a dry heat etc. Crawl back under your rock slime.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:11 pm

Romanowski: Bounty talk blown 'out of proportion'

I love how more people know Bill as an actor in The Longest Yard and The Benchwarmers, than they do as a football player. Really humerous.

But, I do have to side with Bill on this one. I mean, the intent of football is to knock the other team's player out of the game. I used to be a QB (yes, starting) at Clemson back in the heyday, and I understood that the other team wanted to kill me. Makes perfect sense. 

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