While we were in search of some one-liners developing after the news broke this afternoon that Bill Romanowski will interview to become the strength and conditioning coach of the Washington Redskins, we instead stumbled upon Jason Reid’s report in the Washington Post that the former player’s chances of getting the job are about as good as metropolitan D.C. roads being cleared of snow any time soon.
Reid casts serious doubt on the situation and writes that “the league would likely have to sign off on any team hiring a strength and conditioning coach who has admitted to using steroids and HGH in the past.” Romanowski, of course, was entangled in the messy little BALCO investigation.
One of the problems with Romo coming on board in Washington is that, like it or not, just about everyone would instantly begin accusing Redskins players of cheating. Romo was a nutrition freak but once an admitted cheater, always a cheater, right? I remember being in the Raiders locker room near the end of the 2002 season before their run to Super Bowl XXXVII. Romo had a fishing tackle box in his locker big enough to outfit a small fishing junket if it had been filled with lures and such. He had what had to be thousands of supplement pills in there with every color under the rainbow represented.
Unfortunately, Romanowski’s past makes it difficult for us to imagine he can break in as a strength and conditioning coach. Linebackers coach? Well, Mark McGwire is instructing hitting these days.
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