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Vontaze Burfict is the AFC defensive player of the week

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When linebacker Vontaze Burfict went undrafted in 2012, it looked like his once-promising career wouldn’t wind up amounting to anything all that special.

Appearances can be deceiving. Burfict signed with the Bengals, won a starting job as a rookie and has raised his game to an even higher level in his second season. Last Sunday’s victory over the Browns saw Burfict at his best and he’s been named the AFC defensive player of the week as a result.

Burfict had 15 tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup during Cincinnati’s 41-20 win in the latest installment in the Battle of Ohio. Burfict’s biggest play of the day came when he knocked the ball loose from Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya after a completed pass and then scooped the ball up for a 13-yard touchdown return.

The only blemish on the day came when Burfict was flagged for unnecessary roughness in the first quarter. Burfict has been fined several times this year for other personal fouls and his penchant for those costly penalties remains the one negative from his collegiate days to extend to his professional career.

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20 Responses to “Vontaze Burfict is the AFC defensive player of the week”
  1. thepftpoet says: Nov 20, 2013 10:40 AM

    Diamond in the rough.

  2. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 20, 2013 10:44 AM

    Congrats to a bulldozing gazelle. This guy is the real deal. Stay healthy.

    My favorite moment of this year’s Hard Knocks was when Jon Gruden warned Gio Bernard “Don’t fight Burfict. He’ll kick your ass”.

  3. zoellner25 says: Nov 20, 2013 10:47 AM

    Congrats to the dirtiest player in the league!

  4. painsyndicate says: Nov 20, 2013 10:48 AM

    Other teams will eventually figure out that you can prompt this animal into a personal foul at the end of nearly every play. Once he is giving up 15 yard chunks of real estate multiple times every game he is going to get benched.

  5. pooflingingmonkey says: Nov 20, 2013 10:49 AM

    Burfict is an absolute beast. How did 31 teams miss on this guy?

  6. Kaz says: Nov 20, 2013 10:56 AM

    Burfict is a monster. The league has already apologized to him for some of those penalties and while some of them are legit 60% of them this year haven’t been (hence the league apology). Besides have anyone seen the Bengals D play? His penalties legit or otherwise haven’t hurt. He just comes back the next play and ends the drive with a turnover, big hit, or pass break up.

  7. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 20, 2013 10:56 AM

    Don’t taze me bro.

  8. basballguy says: Nov 20, 2013 11:02 AM

    pooflingingmonkey says: Nov 20, 2013 10:49 AM

    Burfict is an absolute beast. How did 31 teams miss on this guy?

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    32 teams missed him. The Bengals didn’t draft him either.

  9. footballchic777 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:10 AM

    pooflingingmonkey

    32 teams missed on him. He came to Marvin and begged for a job and said he would prove himself. He has! He is an absolute best on the field, and though he does have trouble controlling his temper at times, there is NO WAY you can call him the dirtiest player in the league! NOT EVEN CLOSE! Once he figures out how to control his temper, the will be no stopping this kid.

  10. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Nov 20, 2013 11:10 AM

    Congrats, ‘Taze. Busy day!

  11. humbleminded85 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:13 AM

    Wanted the Ravens to snag this gem. He’s playing out of his mind right now and the reality is that the Bungles have a superbowl worthy team as much as it pains me to say lol Even the Rey kid is playing like a starter. The day Zimm walked in that door the D has been nothing short of championship material and now with all those high draft picks panning out Cincy is poised to do some damage. Better do it now though because Zimmerman is about 3 years behind on getting HC gig and he won’t get passed up this off season. Dalton had so many playmakers around him so the importance of getting it done THIS year is so huge based off the fact that salary caps rarely let teams stay this stacked across the board for multiple years.

  12. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 20, 2013 11:45 AM

    People only see clips on his hits or dramas… but… they miss his urgent every play hustle back to the line of scrimmage/huddle to be in position for calling the defense or reacting to the opponent’s offense.

    When defensive playcaller Maualuga when down with injury… there were questions/whispers that Burfict wasn’t up to the challenge… but… he has prove to all the doubter that he is well prepared and intelligent.

  13. randomfan999 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:50 AM

    zoellner25 says:
    Nov 20, 2013 10:47 AM

    Congrats to the dirtiest player in the league!

    Uh, what?

  14. delsj says: Nov 20, 2013 11:58 AM

    This guy must have been an enormous turd. Talent usually always trumps character issues. Sure, it may cost a guy to slide a few rounds, but to go from having a 1st round grade to being an undrafted free agent at the Cincinnati home for wayward ballers, he must have been a train-wreck.

    Hopefully for him, he sticks around long enough to earn back some of the millions he left on the table by being a complete tool.

  15. johnnyb1976 says: Nov 20, 2013 12:49 PM

    Taze is having a defensive MVP type season. Don’t be surprised if he is in the conversation for the award very soon.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 20, 2013 1:15 PM

    “People only see clips on his hits or dramas… but… they miss his urgent every play hustle back to the line of scrimmage/huddle…”

    I’d hustle too. This is great news for all the average-talent players out there.

  17. habesjn says: Nov 20, 2013 1:37 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 20, 2013 11:45 AM
    People only see clips on his hits or dramas… but… they miss his urgent every play hustle back to the line of scrimmage/huddle to be in position for calling the defense or reacting to the opponent’s offense.

    When defensive playcaller Maualuga when down with injury… there were questions/whispers that Burfict wasn’t up to the challenge… but… he has prove to all the doubter that he is well prepared and intelligent.

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    Vontaze was calling the defense before Maualuga went down. The main reason Maualuga was just recently put in at MLB two years ago because Dhani Jones was making the defensive play calls.

    Then Thomas Howard was the play caller in 2011.
    And now Vontaze Burfict is the play caller.

    I don’t think Maualuga was ever the play caller on this defense.

  18. beelicker says: Nov 20, 2013 1:41 PM

    @painsyndicate “Other teams will eventually figure out that you can prompt this animal into a personal foul at the end of nearly every play”

    I have a season ticket & teams have been doing this to him multiple times EVERY game (including preseason, last year & this) & Burfict was prepared for it. Multiple times per EVERY game the other side would just hit him late after the whistle (sometimes with people under his legs from behind like 3 Stooges) to be taking him off his feet & back over into the pile. VB would just put up his hands like “”Hey, irie, ya got me” & the refs never called anything.

    He did himself a disservice with that “nut tap” because it apparently caused what I must surmise are a LOT of the officials who carried out a vendetta vs him in college to resume making those calls on him, about half of which the league has apologized for them being obvioously bogus.

  19. whodeybacker says: Nov 20, 2013 4:20 PM

    Burfict came here because of the friendship he developed with him when ML would visit his daughter at ASU. There were multiple red flags on the guy and ML told him no one would touch him if he didnt grow up. Glad it clicked. Real success story.

  20. pabrownsfan says: Nov 21, 2013 9:05 AM

    Good for him. He played lights out and deserves it!

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