Dallas Cowboys: Joe Vitt

Tony Romo: Bounties a thing of the past

April, 12, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo does not envision another bounty system ever being in place again in the NFL after the punishment doled out to the New Orleans Saints by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

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“I think that that’s something that needed to be addressed,” Romo said Thursday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Ben and Skin Show. “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.

Romo started four games against a Williams-led defense since becoming the Cowboys’ starting quarterback and was sacked seven times. He had a 2-2 record and had seven touchdowns and two interceptions with passer ratings of more than 100 three times.

“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. Now, I do agree that there’s no spot in the game basically for extra incentive money-wise. I think that people are trying to win the game; they’re trying to do just what they need to do within the rules. I think that Roger Goodell has done a great job of just handling all the situations and coming down on some of the people that were involved. Some of it seems very harsh, and others not so much. Just part of it.”

Williams has been indefinitely suspended by Goodell for his role in New Orleans’ bounty system. Coach Sean Payton, who helped bring Romo to the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2003, has been suspended for the 2012 season. General manager Mickey Loomis has been suspended eight games and assistant head coach Joe Vitt has been suspended six games.

Payton, Loomis and Vitt had their appeals denied earlier this week. Williams, who had been hired as St. Louis’ defensive coordinator, did not appeal.

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