Appearing on ESPN Radio 103.3 FM’s “Ben & Skin” Show on Thursday, Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo said that following the fallout from the New Orleans Saints’ bounty program--which included a year-suspension for head coach Sean Payton and an indefinite suspension for former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams--he believes that such programs won’t be an issue in the NFL moving forward.
“I think that that’s something that needed to be addressed,” Romo said, per ESPN Dallas. “I think the NFL did their part in addressing that, and I don’t envision us having those things going forward. It just was part of the landscape. And the way that the NFL is going, they care about player safety and that’s a good thing.
"I mean, I know that sometimes from the outside looking in, it can be that they’re taking certain things away, but the game is still very super physical. I think that the little things that they do here and there are only a positive for the game. Believe me when I tell you that the game of football is not becoming a point where it’s turning into something that it’s never been. It’s still a very, very physical game.”
This was a major point in Romo’s remarks--that absence of pay-for-performance programs will not, by any means, lessen the physicality of the game, or the way defenses target opposing players, quarterbacks in particular.
“From a quarterback’s perspective, you just assume that they’re always trying to get big hits on you,” Romo said. “I mean, it’s no different than we played, I want to say Washington, after I broke my ribs and a big emphasis that week was probably trying to hit me hard. I don’t know if that’s any different from that perspective.”
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