Romo weighs in on Saints bounty scandal
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo says the NFL did their part by addressing the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.
During a local radio interview Thursday, Romo was asked for his take on the topic, something his teammate, DeMarcus Ware, addressed on Wednesday.
"From a quarterback's perspective you just assume that they're always trying to get big hits on you," Romo said on The Ben and Skin Show on 103.3 [KESN-FM]. "It's no different than when we played, I want to say it was Washington, after I hurt my ribs. A big emphasis that week was probably trying to hit me hard. And I don't know that that's any different from that perspective.
"Now, I do agree that there's no spot in the game basically for extra money incentive-wise. I think that people are trying to win the game. We just need to do it within the rules. I think Roger Goodell has done a great job of handling all the situations and coming down on some of the people that were involved. Some of it seems very harsh, others not so much. It's just part of it."
The controversial speech delivered by former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, which involved targeting the heads and knees of opponents, is something Romo says is mostly just motivational.
"I think 90-some percent of that stuff is getting your guys to play a physical game," he said. "You need to play physical, especially from a defensive standpoint to basically have an emotional edge. … Some of them are overboard. I think that's something that needs to be addressed. I thought that the NFL did their part in addressing that. I don't envision us having those things going forward. It was just part of the landscape and the way the NFL was going.
"They care about player safety and that's a good thing. Sometimes from the outside looking in it can be that they're taking certain things away. The game is still super physical. I think the little things they do here and there are only a positive for the game."
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