Bill Romanowski's plan to stop Cam Newton: Hit him hard and choke him
It's fair to say that opponents -- and some teammates -- hated Bill Romanowski during his 16-year NFL career.
It's fair to say that opponents hated Bill Romanowski. He had a contentious 16-year NFL career, playing for the 49ers, Eagles, Broncos and Raiders. When it was over, he had racked up 1,105 tackles, 39.5 sacks, 18 forced fumbles, and 18 interceptions.
Almost as impressive: his laundry list of on-field incidents, from kicking Cardinals running back Larry Centers in the head, to spitting in the face of 49ers wide receiver J.J. Stokes, to breaking the jaw of Panthers quarterback Kerry Collins on a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit.
"I'd hit him as hard as I possibly could, and probably at the bottom of the pile I'd try to get him by the neck and choke him," Romanowski said during an interview with Bleacher Report. ... "And hopefully he can't breathe for a long time."
Bill Romanowski on how he'd stop Cam: I would hit him as hard as possible then try to choke him under the pile.https://t.co/nIuvWGVc2i— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 3, 2016
Romanowski's laughing in the video above, so presumably he's joking. Then again, who knows. His track record suggests that he very well might try to choke Newton if the two ended up at the bottom of a pile. The thing is, Newton -- who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds -- is bigger than Romanowski (6-4, 245).
Then again, former Raiders teammate Marcus Williams was 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds when Romanowski ripped his helmet off, punched him in the face and broke his left orbital bone during a scrimmage.
Romanowski was ordered by a jury to pay Williams $340,000. The injuries forced Williams to retire from football.
Meanwhile, Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips knows he'll have his hands full with trying to stop Newton.
"You're giving my nightmares now, right?" Phillips told the media earlier this week when asked about Newton. "Yeah, I've never seen one like him and nobody else has. ...
"I think our speed overall on defense helps, obviously," he continued. "I've had teams before that you couldn't put somebody spying the quarterback because the quarterback was faster than them. And we've got some guys that can spy the quarterback if we need to. I feel like we're in good shape."
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