Vontaze Burfict Says He Walks Right On Line Of Dirty Play, Then Pushes Guy On Colts Sideline

Earlier this month, Andy Benoit published an article on Monday Morning Quarterback after spending a day with Cincinnati Bengals inside linebacker Vontaze Burfict, one of the most polarizing players in the league, and generally regarded as the dirtiest—even if the Bengals like to point the finger at Mike Mitchell whenever that comes up.

His teammates voted for him as one of their captains this year. He has already served a three-game suspension for his conduct during the preseason and been fined for his play in the regular season. Yet he still doesn’t view himself as a dirty player. Of course, I don’t know if anybody has ever admitted to being a dirty player.

There’s a fine line in football”, he told Brandt when asked the question. “And I think that I’m right at that line. Back in the day they’d probably say, ‘Vontaze Burfict, he’s a great linebacker’. But rules change. Things change. The game changed. And I have to change with it”.

Perhaps he has changed the way that he plays, to a degree. But he was still caught in the Bengals’ game against the Colts for no reason shoving somebody deep in Indianapolis’ bench, for which he has received no discipline. That happened after this interview took place.

“There’s multiple ways I’ve been changing with the game. There are plays where I’ve could have hit somebody and I’ve let off, because obviously you get a flag in this day and age”, he said. He credited his head coach, Marvin Lewis, and his defensive coordinator, Paul Guenther, for helping him to “change with the game. And I’ll still be that dominant linebacker”.

I have certainly gone on record more than once to compliment Burfict for being a very good linebacker. No matter what he might do on or off the field that is out of line, you can’t take away the fact that he is very good at what he does. He is a Pro Bowl-quality player.

Just this season, he already has 31 tackles in only four games, with a sack and two passes defensed. He had 101 tackles in 11 games a year ago. In his second season, the only one in which he played in and started every game, he had an eye-popping 171 tackles.

He said that he doesn’t “worry about” his reputation and about people talking about what he does on the field. He just got fined for kicking at Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix’s head, about which Le’Veon Bell said that he needs to “go”.

“He’s just saying that, obviously, because he got hurt on two incidences of dealing with me. Both tackles were clean”, Burfict said. “One time he tried to still go for yards and the safety hit him and knees got tangled up. That’s football. He’s a great player, but I don’t listen to what other players say about me around the league. It doesn’t bother me. Because I know who I am”.

Everybody knows who you are by now. Except perhaps yourself.

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  • Steeler Nation!

    Yeah he alone apparently thinks he’s just a good, clean football player. Everyone else in the world is wrong. If not for losing players to injury twice playing against him, we should be glad the Bengals hang on this idiot. There is no way the Bengals can overcome having leadership like Burfict and Pac Man on their team. They always implode at just the right time.

  • The Tony

    The league should automatically deduct 20 percent of his paycheck weekly. It would save a lot of time and hassle when he inevitably does something stupid

  • Swiss-Steel

    He talks as if he’s from a different time, where hitting defenseless players was appreciated. As if he had to bear all this rule change. Man, this guy is totally disfunctional above his neck. I cannot see him coping with life once his football days are over. And the Bengals aren’t helping him in any way…

  • The week we played Cincy, I remember hearing Dale Lolley and Adam Crowley (?) on SNR talking about all this jerk’s fines. If you go throughout his career and add all up all the money that has been taken from, he was well over 2 mill (I think) they said.

    They went on to joke about how good of a person he is since fined/suspended pay gets donated to charity.

    Clearly he’s on the wrong side of that “fine” line…

  • Constantinople

    he needs to be taken out back and shot. yeah i said it.

  • Brian Miller

    I see what you did there…

  • Smitty 6788

    Mike Mitchell is a showboat but definitely not a dirty player. The Bengals are fos on that one.

  • Stairway7

    There will be a run of arrests for assault and battery. Maybe some malicious battery charge that leads to jail time. Hope he’s saving whatever cash he gets after paying for his fines. He doesn’t appear to have any real world skills to support him after the NFL. Can’t see him as a commentator or analyst and hopefully he won’t get involved with coaching kids. Maybe he and Pacman Jones will start a gang and earn some cash shaking people down and providing “protection.”

  • Orlysteel

    He says he knows who he is, I hope he’s true to himself. He’s a joke, a dangerous thug thanks to his enabler Marvin Lewis who puts up with it.

  • NCSteel

    Said it before and I’ll say it again.
    After so many infractions it’s clearly evident that fines are not a deterrent and his coach stands behind every stupid thing he does.
    If the fear of losing draft picks due to the multitude of infractions was introduced to Sir Marvin Excuse-A-Lot, I think more self policing would be done.

  • MailboxKid

    He’s a dirty player. Mostly because he plays with immense aggression which leads to a lack of control. He is a dirty player though.

  • Dan

    The line doesn’t have to be that fine. Actions on (and near) the field are voluntary.

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    Dude’s the trump of the NFL. They both need to go. The country’s suffered enough!

    Time for peace and a little live and let live! They’ve been serviced enough!!!

  • PaeperCup

    I blame the schools

  • Bradshaw

    you need to leave trump and politics out of it. clearly, you know nothing of the ‘real’ (shadow) politics in the usa. it is best you leave your political comments to the ignorant at the political sites you frequent.

  • nikgreene

    Listen to a lot of Alex Jones, huh?



  • Matthew Marczi

    Nice job leaving politics out of it.

  • HondoCogburn

    My question is, how the heck does Marvin Lewis still have a job? Do the Bungles want him to be the next Jeff Fisher?

  • MC

    Deebo is a guy who has adapted to the new rules, Burfict hasn’t.

  • Timothy Rea

    Deebo was around long enough to adapt. Burfict was introduced as a player new rules in place. He’s just a dirtbag using old rules where he never played in as an excuse for his dirtbag behavior