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Vontaze Burfict gets earful from Marvin Lewis after hit in practice

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One of the reasons why linebacker Vontaze Burfict went undrafted last year was his habit of drawing flags for personal fouls.

Burfict picked up an alarming 16 personal fouls in his final 26 games at Arizona State, but overzealousness wasn’t a problem for him after signing with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent last year. He picked up one unnecessary roughness penalty while playing every game for Cincinnati and developing into a worthy starter on their defense.

While it wasn’t a problem last year, coach Marvin Lewis still is careful to make sure that Burfict knows when his aggressiveness comes close to crossing the line. Lewis chewed out Burfict after a play at one of the team’s joint practices with the Falcons that saw the linebacker jump on Falcons running back Steven Jackson’s back in a manner that touched off a brief altercation between the two players.

“I told him if he did that to me what he did to Steven, I would have hit him with a two by four,” Lewis said, via the Bengals website. “Steven should have gotten him in his sleep last night.”

Burfict said he felt he controlled himself in a confrontation he thinks was caused by Jackson’s running style, but Lewis obviously felt there was still value in offering a reminder that Burfict can’t stop doing what he did to overcome his draft day nightmare now that he’s established that he can be a productive NFL player.

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20 Responses to “Vontaze Burfict gets earful from Marvin Lewis after hit in practice”
  1. ctiggs says: Aug 7, 2013 10:44 AM

    Steven does run violent, id want to hit him late as well

  2. hoops737 says: Aug 7, 2013 10:45 AM

    Can’t wait to see that in Hard Knocks next week!

  3. scoops1 says: Aug 7, 2013 10:47 AM

    hope to see this on Hard Knocks

  4. kane337 says: Aug 7, 2013 10:48 AM

    You don’t want to mess with Steven Jackson. What was he thinking?

  5. vottorific says: Aug 7, 2013 10:59 AM

    Between taz and harrison this defense will have a mean disposition this year.

  6. icardfan says: Aug 7, 2013 11:06 AM

    I hate to admit I’m pulling for this guy to do well. You want a MLB to be nasty, dumb and fearless.

  7. teambringitstrong says: Aug 7, 2013 11:23 AM

    When this kid was a senior at Corona Centennial a he leveled ref as he was standing over the ball in the state title game. The ref threw a flag and signaled an ejection but the lead official talked him out of it.
    He had actually committed to SC before de-committing and heading over to AZ State. That’s his right but he tore his arse with a lot of people.

  8. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Aug 7, 2013 11:39 AM

    The Bungles didn’t bungle with this guy. He’s been a good signing for them.

  9. peytonwantsaflag says: Aug 7, 2013 11:48 AM

    Having James Harrison around is going to bring out the nasty in this guy and as a Bengals fan I’m loving it.

  10. schmitty2 says: Aug 7, 2013 11:51 AM

    The confrontation was caused by Jackson’s running style? Maybe Burfict should find another job. Lb’s jobs are know….tackle the ball carrier.

  11. nflcinbengals says: Aug 7, 2013 1:41 PM

    I love his aggression!

  12. joetoronto says: Aug 7, 2013 2:55 PM

    Hey Marvin:

    When you hire a turd, don’t be surprised when he acts like a turd.

  13. footballchic777 says: Aug 7, 2013 2:56 PM

    I loved this guy as a player last year, and hope he can continue to grow this year. But I do not want his mentor to be Harrison. You can be a great player WITHOUT being a dirty player! Vontaze was that last year…….hopefully Marvin keeps them all in check.

  14. floriooooooo says: Aug 7, 2013 4:50 PM

    burfict isn’t ‘aggressive’ so much as he is lazy and lacking in fundamentals. If he actually had technique and work ethic, he wouldn’t need to be jumping on a running back’s back as a linebacker. He’d get off blocks and wrap up the ball carrier.

  15. sellout1983 says: Aug 7, 2013 11:21 PM

    Burfict led the Bengals in tackles last season with 127. That speaks for itself…

  16. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 7, 2013 11:57 PM

    “Steven should have gotten him in his sleep last night.”

    LOL, what!?

  17. jamal1971 says: Aug 8, 2013 5:03 PM

    joetoronto pot meets kettle aka look at past Oakland teams,Joe.

  18. dem5957 says: Aug 9, 2013 5:04 PM

    I can hear Marvin now, “VONTEZ, ACT LIKE A PRO!!”

  19. londonbengal says: Aug 11, 2013 2:48 PM

    @ ‘joetoronto’ says ……..

    ” Hey Marvin, When you hire a turd don’t be surprised if he acts like a turd ”
    Say what you like about Burfict “joetoronto”, I guarantee there are 31 other NFL teams right now that wish they’d spent a late rounder last year and taken him. He looks a fine young player to me.

    Alternatively of course ‘Joe’, you could spend a high first rounder on a LB, and see him sat at home retired 3 years later; (see Rolondo McClain for details).

  20. lovefootball4life says: Aug 12, 2013 8:33 PM

    I’m glad my team, Ravens, don’t have to face the Bengals until week 10. This is the team I fear the most in the AFCN.

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