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Vontaze Burfict: I’m being singled out, but I’ll have to change

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Multiple fines didn’t get through to Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, but a suspension did.

Burfict is suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season for multiple violations of player-safety rules, including a hit to the head that gave Steelers receiver Antonio Brown a concussion. Burfict told Josina Anderson of ESPN he knows the hit on Brown was wrong and that his style of play will have to change.

“Like I told coach [Marvin Lewis], I wish I could take that play back because I probably would’ve hit him low,” Burfict said. “I don’t like hitting low, but I have to change because it’s getting flags because I hit him high or hit him in the helmet, and it’s so hard to determine where to hit the offender because they’re gonna tuck their body, and you have to pretty much tuck with them.”

At the same time, Burfict believes he’s being singled out by the officials.

“I play hard. Sometimes it gets me in trouble,” he said. “My style of play is aggressive, and [the game has] changed, and I have to change with it, and that play right there, I think if I wasn’t number 55, I wouldn’t have got flagged.”

Burfict has a long history of personal foul penalties and fines. We’ll find out starting in Week Four if Burfict can remain an effective player, while changing the way he plays.

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115 Responses to “Vontaze Burfict: I’m being singled out, but I’ll have to change”
  1. talkingheadsknowall says: Feb 23, 2016 5:33 AM

    Just a douch bag being a douche bag – nothing to see here move along

  2. brownstown6586 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:37 AM

    A reputation… that you earned. Seriously, has everyone in this guy’s life made excuses for him? Man up and take responsibility for once.

  3. officialgame says: Feb 23, 2016 5:45 AM

    In other words, “I’m clueless. I like hitting high because I can rattle someone’s brain instead of delivering a clean hard, legal hit”.

  4. Rolo Tomassi says: Feb 23, 2016 5:50 AM

    Too bad the Bears can’t sign this guy for 2 games a year vs Green Bay.

  5. bigjdve says: Feb 23, 2016 6:12 AM

    You aren’t being singled out, there are many players that get fines and suspensions. Brandon Merriweather is a good example. He has already had 2 suspensions.

    That is BS, I will just have to hit them low. What you can’t hit them in the head, so you have to go below the knees? Really?

    How about you hit them where you were taught between the shoulders and thighs, you know the trunk, the biggest part of their body!

    Anyone that has been hit in the gut should attest, that will let a small guy bring down a big guy faster than you could imagine.

    Try thinking for once instead of being ignorant.

  6. Akula says: Feb 23, 2016 6:24 AM

    No Your not singled out. Every player in that game that tried to break another players neck was flagged. It just so happens that you were the only one.

  7. jayhawk6 says: Feb 23, 2016 6:38 AM

    Singled out? Well, he is the most egregious cheap shot artist since Albert Haynesworth, so maybe he has a point.

  8. jasecity says: Feb 23, 2016 6:39 AM

    He is right the refs are watching him and he needs to change. The NFL does force defenders to hit low which I don’t like either.

  9. keiselsbeard says: Feb 23, 2016 6:39 AM

    What an idiot! You’re being “singled out” because you’re the dirtiest player in the NFL. NO OTHER REASON!!!!!

  10. sopadegato says: Feb 23, 2016 6:47 AM

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  11. spitfisher says: Feb 23, 2016 6:47 AM

    Oh yeah, you’re a victim alright…..Pathetic

  12. buckeyeguy5 says: Feb 23, 2016 6:51 AM

    Cheap shots and stupid penalties are all that I would like to see Vontaze change about his game. The game is changing, so you have to change with it. Plays happen fast and at times it can be hard to adjust, but there’s no excuse for a dirty hit. Stay aggressive but play smart.

    – Bengals fan

  13. rootpain says: Feb 23, 2016 6:53 AM

    I’m still baffled how Talib wasn’t suspended for the face mask penalty during the Super Bowl. Talib absolutely needs the same lesson as Burfict because someone is going to get hurt.
    And Burfict just needs to shut up and accept his penalty.

  14. flash1287 says: Feb 23, 2016 6:54 AM

    You’re not being singled out, you’re just a dirt bag that can play football!

  15. ineptguy8 says: Feb 23, 2016 6:56 AM

    So now we know that he is not just a scumbag, but a delusional scumbag. That play gets flagged every time regardless of who the defender or receiver is. If he cant understand that, he will never get it.

  16. steelerben says: Feb 23, 2016 6:56 AM

    “I play hard. Sometimes it gets me in trouble,” he said. “My style of play is aggressive, and [the game has] changed, and I have to change with it, and that play right there, I think if I wasn’t number 55, I wouldn’t have got flagged.”

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    In today’s NFL, that hit on Brown gets flagged 999 times out of 1000, number 55 or not. It is just a reality of the game in the post concussion settlement league.

  17. mazenblue says: Feb 23, 2016 7:06 AM

    Honorable man. High character. I want my kids to idolize him

    -prisoners

  18. wsupock says: Feb 23, 2016 7:07 AM

    Burfict’s persecution complex reveals his true delusion. He is focusing on the one hit and blames the refs for the other illegal hits. He is truly a talent but unless he finally gets it he will tragically be another great talent who did not live up to potential – for e.g, Pacman Jones!

  19. cb28031 says: Feb 23, 2016 7:13 AM

    It’s called being a Dirty Player…….

  20. cbass59 says: Feb 23, 2016 7:40 AM

    Here’s a tip: stop being an @sshole.

  21. 6superbowls says: Feb 23, 2016 7:50 AM

    Mental midget

  22. troy43mvp says: Feb 23, 2016 7:53 AM

    It would be nice if he changed leagues.

  23. smokehouse56 says: Feb 23, 2016 7:54 AM

    He should have thought about that a long time ago. Too little, too late.

  24. dickroy says: Feb 23, 2016 7:56 AM

    You play hard and you play dirty! You are being singled out because you are a dirty player! Aw poor number 55!

  25. mtsnot says: Feb 23, 2016 7:57 AM

    You are incorrect Mr. Burfict. That hit would have gotten a penalty and a fine no matter who the culprit was. You got the additional suspension due to your history though.

  26. rutchaser says: Feb 23, 2016 8:01 AM

    Twisting player’s ankles isnt playing hard, it’s dirty.

    Bengals fan

  27. heyguru69 says: Feb 23, 2016 8:07 AM

    Martin Shkreli: I’m being singled out, but I’ll have to change. Sean Penn: I’m being singled out, but I’ll have to change. Kanye West: I’m being singled out, but I’ll have to change. Bernie Madoff: I’m being singled out, but I’ll have to change. Miley Cyrus: I’m being singled out, but I’ll have to change.

  28. vicksdawgpound says: Feb 23, 2016 8:07 AM

    This guy is a joke and i will never have an ounce of respect for him after watching him try to intentionally twist Cam Newtons ankle repeatedly after the play was over

  29. piscataquis007 says: Feb 23, 2016 8:15 AM

    What can be said that hasn’t been said a hundred times. Another cry baby in Cincinnati.
    Vontaze-
    The fact is that you are a filthy player, you feel the need to bring your vigilante, gang mentality on the field. So yes, you will continue to be watched closely (and flagged quickly) until you can show you can play this game within the rules.
    But you have no one to blame but yourself, it’s not the refs fault, it’s not Goodell’s fault, it’s your fault. So let’s quit with the “I’m a victim” BS. Learn from your mistakes.

  30. wolverineinnc says: Feb 23, 2016 8:18 AM

    If he’s truly serious about this then maybe it’s a step in the right direction. No fan of his, but he IS a beast of a player and deserved his suspension. If he does change and uses his talent LEGALLY he’ll still be a great player. We’ll see if he can or not.

  31. timmmah10 says: Feb 23, 2016 8:28 AM

    “I realize I’m my own problem…” “But… it’s a conspiracy.”

    You’ve learned nothing.

  32. bonitalocal says: Feb 23, 2016 8:33 AM

    A much more mature response than I would have guessed.
    We’ll see if he really changes.

  33. jag1959 says: Feb 23, 2016 8:38 AM

    “I play hard. Sometimes it gets me in trouble”

    No, Von Miller plays hard you play dirty and that is what get’s you in trouble. It’s not the rule changes Lawrence Taylor played with abandon in the golden time for SB era defenses, he didn’t play like that. You play football like it is a street fight, that is what gets you in trouble. Well, that and being a remorseless repeat offender attempting to decapitate a defenseless receiver.

  34. citpyrc says: Feb 23, 2016 8:38 AM

    He didn’t get suspended because he’s aggressive he was suspended because he’s dirty.

  35. chimpychimps says: Feb 23, 2016 8:42 AM

    He targetted Brown’s head with a vicious shot that could have paralyzed him. But he’s being singled out. A guy who is a known cheap shot artist. The real problem is that teams need to be disciplined for employing guys like this.

  36. pittsburgh84 says: Feb 23, 2016 8:48 AM

    In any sport, once you become a “known offender” you are going to be singled out and will be a liability to your team if you don’t control yourself.

  37. celticsforever says: Feb 23, 2016 8:50 AM

    He is right. Just start aiming at the knees. Not just him but every defender. After a few career wrecking knee injuries, Roger will be presenting a shiny set of nfl endorsed flags for everyone to wear. It’s a rough sport people. Players get hurt. But the league thinks they can legislate injuries out of the game. I’m all for not aiming at th head. But if the player ducks down well then head contact is inevitable. From peewee football you are taught to get low when you are going to get hit. Don’t run like a fence pole I was always taught. And that’s fine. But head contact will happen. Deal with it.

    Mark Cuban is right.

  38. jxt2521 says: Feb 23, 2016 8:52 AM

    Apparently his style of play is “destroying Steeler stars”

  39. urmomsmyho says: Feb 23, 2016 8:54 AM

    Yes, that’s exactly what is happening. You are being singled out because your actions on the field have created a reputation.

    Everyone has excuses these days. Nobody wants to take any responsibility for their own actions.

    Grow up Burfict.

  40. savethebs says: Feb 23, 2016 8:54 AM

    “I play hard. Sometimes it gets me in trouble,” he said. “My style of play is aggressive, and [the game has] changed, and I have to change with it, and that play right there, I think if I wasn’t number 55, I wouldn’t have got flagged.”

    —————————————

    No the hit on AB anyone would’ve been flagged for. You were kind of lucky to not be ejected honestly.

    But I do have some sympathy for defenders because he’s right when he says it’s hard to know where to hit them when they tuck their body at the last moment. But always go low, that’s a start.

  41. ravenmuscle says: Feb 23, 2016 8:56 AM

    It was a dirty hit no matter what number would have been on that jersey.

  42. littlescuppernong says: Feb 23, 2016 8:57 AM

    It’s all downhill from here, folks.

  43. orangeraider says: Feb 23, 2016 8:59 AM

    Other players have had to make adjustments and have done so without whining.
    Suck it up or go away

  44. realityonetwo says: Feb 23, 2016 9:04 AM

    He’s correct. He is being singled out. He’s a special kind of buffoon.

  45. brianh992 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:04 AM

    You’ve been singled out because you’re an a–hole.

  46. linemanguy74 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:04 AM

    Difference in playing hard and playing DIRTY !!!

  47. thetooloftools says: Feb 23, 2016 9:07 AM

    Playing stupid football is dangerous. If he gets suspended again it should be for the year.

  48. bonniebengal says: Feb 23, 2016 9:10 AM

    As a bengal fan who saw EVERY game, I can say that Vontez was sometimes flagged on legal hits, just because he’s Burfict. Those of you who haven’t seen every game, but just highlights of a couple of hits, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Haslett has said he and Burfict are going to make some changes, and that has already started, I see. It’s good to see because Burfict is an extremely talented player.

  49. akaodoyle says: Feb 23, 2016 9:14 AM

    James Harrison comes to mind as someone who adjusted quietly…

  50. oldschoolomen says: Feb 23, 2016 9:15 AM

    If he was 55 in black and gold, he’d be universally praised.

  51. jm91rs says: Feb 23, 2016 9:17 AM

    It’s clear that most of the posters here would prefer he die than play another snap of football. As a football fan that hates his dirty style but loves his aggressiveness, I think he said the right things. If he believes what he said he may be on the path to a great career. He has the ability, just needs to figure out how to keep the aggression at the right level.

  52. Spazz says: Feb 23, 2016 9:19 AM

    J. Harrison adapted, so can Burfict. He will or he won’t.

  53. ghostrider45 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:21 AM

    If you were on the stealers team it would have been a legal hit and they would have sung praises for it. Get over it stealers fans he’s a game changer and I’m glad he’s a Bengal. Who DEY !!!

  54. Spazz says: Feb 23, 2016 9:23 AM

    oldschoolomen says:
    Feb 23, 2016 9:15 AM

    “If he was 55 in black and gold, he’d be universally praised.”
    ——————–
    Well yeah, because then he would be Joey Porter, a superior linebacker and better human being.

  55. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Feb 23, 2016 9:25 AM

    And stop saying go low. Every tackle should be aimed at the waist, adjust from that target. Don’t put the head area as your first target area and then just take out the guys legs because you don’t want a penalty. Change your mentality and make wrapping up at the waist your top priority. ..adjust play accordingly. It’s that simple

  56. mvp43 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:29 AM

    Me Tarzan, you Jane

  57. Spazz says: Feb 23, 2016 9:30 AM

    ghostrider45 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 9:21 AM
    “If you were on the stealers team it would have been a legal hit and they would have sung praises for it. Get over it stealers fans he’s a game changer and I’m glad he’s a Bengal. Who DEY !!!”
    ———————-
    He certainly changed the wildcard game. I’m glad that you’re glad.

  58. dickroy says: Feb 23, 2016 9:37 AM

    If the Bengals had any integrity they would can this dirt bag along with Pacman. They cost them their 5th straight 1st round playoff game.

  59. Spazz says: Feb 23, 2016 9:41 AM

    Spazz says:
    Feb 23, 2016 9:23 AM
    oldschoolomen says:
    Feb 23, 2016 9:15 AM

    “If he was 55 in black and gold, he’d be universally praised.”
    ——————–
    Well yeah, because then he would be Joey Porter, a superior linebacker and better human being.
    —————-
    Even if we’re talking about Arthur Moats, I stand by it.

  60. jmc8888 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:42 AM

    I wouldn’t say he is going to change. He’s claiming it.

    But he also had a few excuses like ‘the game has changed’.

    Really VB? It changed when you were in HS. It’s not like he’s some grizzled vet with 10-12 years experience learning this five plus years ago.

    Everyone and his mother has been trying to get him to stop making bonehead plays since he was in HS. You know when he tried to take out fellow USC recruit Matt Barkley’s knees. Later he went to ASU and destroyed their season and many games with his bonehead plays. Now he destroyed the Bengals season. Has the light turned on? We’ll see.

    His style of play isn’t aggressive. It’s STUPID. He’s trying to hide that everything is about the rule changes, but it’s not. It’s that PLUS a lot of other stupid crap.

    Then he tries to pass the buck, like he did to his college coach to NFL GM’s at the combine. It wasn’t VB’s fault. Now he’s saying, it’s because he’s #55 and it wouldn’t of happened to someone else. That’s some delusional thinking there.

    Right now he’s all talk. He’s played out of control and stupid forever. I hope he changes, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Because on the field his head reminds me of Forrest Gump.

  61. Kaz says: Feb 23, 2016 10:00 AM

    Talib agrees. He admitted to trying to break someone’s neck and got a 26k fine for it.

    The NFL has a credibility issue. Multiple offenders like Talib and Suh still get away with it. Burfict doesn’t (3 game suspension for first suspension, longest ever, no appeal) because he’s a Bengal, and we all saw in that wildcard game, a Bengal player just doesn’t get away with what other teams players so often do.

    It’s mainly because of the Owner. Not a league favorite like the Rooney’s, and for that Mike Brown doesn’t have the influence.

    Still no reason for the league to let the Steelers coaches play such heavy role in that “victory”, but they did and it is what it is. And fans everywhere realize it. If it was the Pats, the league would have been outraged. Draft pick taken, heavily fined etc.

  62. vottorific says: Feb 23, 2016 10:11 AM

    Guess there will be lots of broken knees out there next year. Doesnt matter where this dude hits you, that spot is gonna brake. One of the hardest hitters in football. Glad hes on my team.

  63. edon8334 says: Feb 23, 2016 10:11 AM

    when he says hit low he means he’s going straight for the knees smh hes going to blow someones knee out next season.

  64. dougchillin says: Feb 23, 2016 10:24 AM

    Sounds like he learned nothing and is making excuses. Most likely will get suspended again.

  65. chriskap11 says: Feb 23, 2016 10:28 AM

    Poor poor convict being singled out.

    Nope just you being unprofessional trying to take another man’s livelihood away by injuring him

    Poor poor convict

  66. troy43mvp says: Feb 23, 2016 10:30 AM

    In all fairness he doesn’t just go high. He has went after Big Ben’s knees as well. He is dirty from more than one angle.

  67. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 23, 2016 10:30 AM

    Burfict and Jones should’ve been released from the Bengals before they made it back to the locker room after the game. Cincinnati had that game in the bag, and those two goons snatched it from their 51 teammates, because they cared more about being tough guys than winning.

  68. johnc44 says: Feb 23, 2016 10:34 AM

    How many Bengal games do you guys watch?I`m guessing only the ones against your favorite team when your bias. He`s never been suspended but got the 2nd longest ever for a on field play.That is a double standard.Accumulation?That has started at 1 game for every other player.That is a double standard.Too many personal fouls? Not in the top 10 in the league and the same amount as the CENTER for the Steelers Cody Wallace who had the dirtiest play of the season and wasn`t suspended.That is a double standard.You can like him or not but how the NFL handles players from different teams differently is a joke.The Steelers have been the dirtiest team for 40 years and Harrison`s 1 game suspension in 2011 is the only game a Steeler has ever been suspended for on field play. That is a double standard. You guys can cry excuses all you want but it is still a fact.

  69. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Feb 23, 2016 10:42 AM

    I can celebrate guys who play overly physical, and sometimes the message sent is worth 15 yards, but Vontaze has established that he lacks the emotional control necessary to stop his physicality from reaching into the area “beyond football.”

    Honestly, sadly, I think it comes from fundamental lack of respect for a fellow competitor. He would do the same to A.J. Green the if they wore different colors one day.

  70. bubbahotepp says: Feb 23, 2016 10:46 AM

    Somebody go get me a shovel.

  71. jocko1181 says: Feb 23, 2016 10:48 AM

    Re: the hit on Brown.

    This is a penalty in today’s NFL, like it or not, for anyone. But to call that hit dirty is crazy. He could have pulverized Brown and/or dropped his head and really tried to ring his bell instead of catching him with a glancing blow.

    Now the ankle twisting and unnecessary shot on Maxx Williams, those are just dirty.

  72. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 23, 2016 10:54 AM

    never change vontze. its not youre fault weve become a nation of wusses. back in the day gettin your bell rung used too be just that, not a cause for everyone to freak out. sad

  73. stoptrippn says: Feb 23, 2016 10:57 AM

    Only the bengals put up with this guy

  74. knockknockwhosthereowen says: Feb 23, 2016 11:01 AM

    Still… 25 years and counting.

  75. dutchschafer says: Feb 23, 2016 11:01 AM

    Lots of comments from rattled Steeler fans. Wait until Bell’s knee gets blown out for a third straight season.

  76. mikemart77 says: Feb 23, 2016 11:11 AM

    Sounds like James Harrison when he was racking up his fines (and ultimately a suspension). While Harrison said he couldn’t change, he did – although that may be partly because his playing time started going down due to his age.

    I guess we’ll see on Burfict.

  77. floratiotime says: Feb 23, 2016 11:15 AM

    Crushing the dreams of Steelers’ fans everywhere.

  78. ghostrider45 says: Feb 23, 2016 11:16 AM

    All I hear from stealers fans is wahhh wahhh guess the crying towels will be out in full support next year. Who DEY!!!

  79. kevo95 says: Feb 23, 2016 11:19 AM

    Stop crying your not be singled out ,you just a dirty player who keeps getting caught

  80. wrlegrand says: Feb 23, 2016 11:21 AM

    The fact that the Bengals still employ this guy really tells you about all you need to know about that organization. It’s not wonder that Marvin Lewis cannot win a playoff game. It truly is the inmates running the asylum. Just listen to this guy talk and Pac-Woman ranting after that game…despicable quite frankly.

  81. kevpft says: Feb 23, 2016 11:21 AM

    At least he’s not trotting out the, “I’ll win my way, I refuse to change” line that Newton’s been riding.

    He feels like he’s being singled out, and he’s being a little passive-aggressive with the “I guess I’ll hit guys low now”, but otherwise he is actually saying he needs to change, which is good and increasingly unusual to hear.

  82. fanaticks says: Feb 23, 2016 11:29 AM

    Come on…I would of hit him low. What? You never would of hit him if you actually had a brain. There is a reason this guy went from one of the high draft picks to not drafted at all…it was not for his playing. Another loser that Lewis decided his playing ability was more important than character. You surround yourself with stupid players and you will never win the playoffs.

  83. granadafan says: Feb 23, 2016 11:34 AM

    In Vontaze’s world, playing dirty and out of control = “aggressive”. Those who saw him play in college know what a dirtbag he was on the field. He was and still is a personal foul machine. He’ll never change.

  84. triggerdawg says: Feb 23, 2016 12:00 PM

    Crushing the dreams of Bengals fans.Carry on.

  85. fanofpft says: Feb 23, 2016 12:00 PM

    If you were to build a bad boys defense. This guy could be part of the base along with Graig Hardy and Packman Jones.

  86. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 23, 2016 12:00 PM

    Shazier should show him how to make a clean, hard, textbook tackle that jars a ball loose.

  87. squidlips82 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:06 PM

    Rolo Tomassi says:
    Feb 23, 2016 5:50 AM
    Too bad the Bears can’t sign this guy for 2 games a year vs Green Bay.

    mmmmmmmm

    Yeah… and theBearsssssssssssssss…. will still lose. LOL

  88. krispyone says: Feb 23, 2016 12:10 PM

    ghostrider45 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 11:16 AM
    All I hear from stealers fans is wahhh wahhh guess the crying towels will be out in full support next year. Who DEY!!!

    Still not as much crying as was heard from Bengals fans after the Steelers knocked them out of the playoffs!! Dey aint nobody!!!

  89. steelersnowand4ever says: Feb 23, 2016 12:14 PM

    johnc44 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 10:34 AM

    How many Bengal games do you guys watch? I`m guessing only the ones against your favorite team when your bias. He`s never been suspended but got the 2nd longest ever for a on field play. That is a double standard. Accumulation? That has started at 1 game for every other player. That is a double standard. Too many personal fouls? Not in the top 10 in the league and the same amount as the CENTER for the Steelers Cody Wallace who had the dirtiest play of the season and wasn`t suspended. That is a double standard .You can like him or not but how the NFL handles players from different teams differently is a joke. The Steelers have been the dirtiest team for 40 years and Harrison`s 1 game suspension in 2011 is the only game a Steeler has ever been suspended for on field play. That is a double standard. You guys can cry excuses all you want but it is still a fact.
    _______________________________

    WAHHHH, WAHHHHH, BOO HOO. This slimebag along with PacMan Jones cost you guys your best chance at winning a post season game . You need to get rid of those two and maybe you might just go beyond the first round next year.

  90. eglsfan says: Feb 23, 2016 12:15 PM

    Rule #1 – Dont be a Richard

  91. steelcurtainn says: Feb 23, 2016 12:17 PM

    Nothing will change. Look for future suspensions from this dirty player. It won’t be long before he’s out of the league.

  92. daytontriangles says: Feb 23, 2016 12:23 PM

    Just because you are singled out from a group of D-Bags does not make you any less of a D-Bag. Chances are, you’re an even bigger D-Bag and stand out from the crowd of lesser D-Bags.

  93. methoderik says: Feb 23, 2016 12:24 PM

    You Steelers fans are so funny. Your team had Hines Ward, Joey Porter and James Harrison on them at some point to name a few.
    So all your crying about Vontaze roughing up your guys falls on deaf ears.
    You should be happy with the guy. Without him you would not have advanced past the first round. Even the whole lot of good that did you…

  94. Kolo Jezdec says: Feb 23, 2016 12:57 PM

    “Without him you would not have advanced past the first round. Even the whole lot of good that did you…”
    —————-
    And without him the Bengals might have advanced beyond the first round for the first time since ???. Whole lot of good having Burfict did you…

  95. vonkaiser2001 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:06 PM

    Steelers fan here but this is intended to be a very neutral and fair observation. Every team has its share of players who are dirty. The Steelers sure do. And true football fans are disgusted when they see players from their own team doing it. I have not watched a ton of Bengal games although I have seen every game Burfict has played against the Steelers. I’ve seen Burfict…kick someone in the face after being blocked to the ground, make dangerous tackles that are almost guaranteed to lead to serious injury, take cheap shots at players heads that could lead to paralysis, taunt unnecessarily and take stupid penalties that ended his teams season when he was unprovoked…the list is really long. With that being said Pittsburgh has several players who I wish were cut from the team as their style of play is despicable (I’m looking at you Mike Mitchell and Cody Wallace). This type of behavior needs to be SUSPENDED out of the game. Fines are irrelevant. Apparently even the destruction of the team goals and hopes of the fans mean nothing to you or anyone who plays like you. The only thing that will make a difference will be the fans taking a stand against these types of players. Bengal fans (the good and decent ones who didn’t behave like animals) deserve better and should be heard. Same goes for Steeler fans. And Giant fans. And Panther fans. The list goes on and on. I choose to support the greats I’ve seen, most recently Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller among many others league wide like Calvin Johnson, as players worthy of spending money on their jerseys for my kids. And propping them up as role models because they are gentleman and decent human beings. That’s the NFL I grew up loving. Not the Mike Mitchell and Vontaze Burfict version we forced to watch now. The sooner concussion lawsuits end your careers the better as far as I’m concerned.

  96. vikingferd says: Feb 23, 2016 1:10 PM

    This is EXACTLY what needs to be done. HIT ‘EM LOW!! When the League and NFLPA see Russell Wilson or Aaron Rogers or Rob Gronkowski or Cam Newton go down with broken legs or torn ACLs, only then will things change. You’ll see players line up to sign waivers absolving the NFL for head injuries and they’ll get rid of the flags and fines for hits to the head.

  97. vonkaiser2001 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:15 PM

    And to the Bengal fans who complain about Hines Ward…please stop already. He was the most feared downfield player of his era. He played within the rules. Keith Rivers had his jaw broken on a legal block because he wasn’t looking for it. They changed the rule so he continued to play within them.he knocked out several Ravens players face to face. Ask Ed Reed. Same can be said for James Harrison. Even he was smart enough to learn. Neither one of them were ever so out of control that they singlehandedly destroyed their teams playoff chances. If you want to keep justifying his style of play you deserve precisely what you get…heartbreaking loss after heartbreaking loss. Take a close look at the YouTube videos if you think Joey porter was to blame for the Cincinnati implosion…the escaped wild monkeys from the zoo wearing orange and black are to blame.

  98. PFT loves the Steelers says: Feb 23, 2016 1:16 PM

    2015 Personal Fouls

    UR=Unecessary Roughness, RP=Roughing the Passer

    2015:
    Olivier Vernon – Dolphins: 6 (5 RP, 1 UR)
    JJ Watt – Texans: 4 (4 RP)******
    William Gholston – Buccaneers: 4 (1 RP, 3 UR)
    Jerry Hughes – Bills: 4 (1 RP, 3 UR)
    Von Miller – Broncos: 4 (3 RP, 1 UR)
    Jaye Howard – Chiefs: 4 (3 RP, 1 UR)
    Cody Wallace – Steelers: 3 (3 UR)******
    JR Sweezy – Seahawks: 3 (3 UR)
    Brandon Browner – Saints: 3 (3 UR)
    Kyle Wilson – Saints: 3 (1 RP, 2 UR)
    Vontaze Burfict – Bengals: 3 (3 UR)
    Kevin Minter – Cardinals: 3 (1 RP, 2 UR)
    Will Hill – Ravens: 3 (3 UR)
    Timmy Jernigan – Ravens: 3 (1 RP, 2 UR)*****
    Andre Branch – Jaguars: 3 (3 RP)
    Erik Walden – Colts: 3 (3 RP)
    Damontre Moore – Giants: 3 (3 RP)
    Ezekial Ansah – Lions: 3 (2 RP, 1 UR)
    Michael Bennett – Seahawks: 3 (2 RP, 1 UR)

    Where’s the public outcry over all these players? The truth is that Burfict is being singled out for doing to the Steelers what the Steelers have been doing for decades. Burfict had 8 personal fouls in 2013 and the NFL did nothing. He had 3 in 2015 (while injuring 3 Steelers players, 2 on clean hits) and suddenly the NFL wants to crack down on him. Meanwhile Joey Porter and Mike Munchak got slaps on the wrist. Ryan Shazier knocked Gio Bernard out with the crown of his helmet and doesn’t even get so much as a flag because he didn’t “line him up”. The double standard is obvious to any objective person.

  99. ihateduke says: Feb 23, 2016 1:32 PM

    Let the Bengals fans have their Burfict, and Pacman Jones for that matter. They’ll continue to make stupid plays, the Bengals fans will continue to complain about the refs, and they’ll continue to be one and done in the playoffs; if they even make the playoffs. There is a reason for their futility. Here’s to you Cincy fans. You deserve him!!

  100. Spazz says: Feb 23, 2016 2:21 PM

    This Stiller fan ain’t crying. Bell’s knee will get better, but Burfict will always be a moron.

  101. johnc44 says: Feb 23, 2016 2:28 PM

    To all the idiots who keep saying that Burfict lost the game for the Bengals,Your nuts! The hit on Brown was a penalty but wasn`t in the top 50 “dirty” plays this season alone.It was 15-0 in the 4th quarter when Shazier knocked Bernard out.Burfict brought them back into the game with several great plays.Without those plays there wouldn`t have been a lead to blow.
    Without his emotion there wouldn`t have been a comeback.The Pac Man penalty put them in FG range not Burficts and Hills fumble cost them the game not Burficts penalty.Steeler fans love their dirty players but cry like babies when someone does the exact same thing to them.Why don`t Steeler fans think Mike Mitchell and Cody Wallace should be out of the league? Their just as dirty.

  102. johnc44 says: Feb 23, 2016 2:50 PM

    I`m a 50 year old white guy so i don`t pretend to have a full understanding of racism but it`s pretty easy to notice that long haired,tattooed,emotional black players are treated much different than short haired,clean cut well spoken white players are by fans and media and it`s a shame. A Players past should be considered when considering punishment but should never factor into calls made on the field and it clearly has with Burfict.All players should be treated equal on the field or it effects the integrity and outcome of the games. If you believe all players who commit 3 UR penalties in a season should be banned then fine but if it`s just him and players who look like him then that`s a you problem.

  103. johnc44 says: Feb 23, 2016 2:56 PM

    David Bruton was injured and out for the season after Cody Wallace cheap shot that was far later and dirtier than Burficts hit and he had as many UR penalties on the season but there was no uproar about him why?
    where was Steeler fans worrying about him and crying about he could`ve been “killed” like they did the Burfict hit? Way too many racist hypocrites on here. a penalty ? yes but the rest of this crap is BS

  104. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 23, 2016 4:02 PM

    Ah yes, the cry of the truly desperate – it’s all because of racism.

  105. Spazz says: Feb 23, 2016 5:02 PM

    PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Feb 23, 2016 1:16 PM
    Where’s the public outcry over all these players? The truth is that Burfict is being singled out for doing to the Steelers what the Steelers have been doing for decades. Burfict had 8 personal fouls in 2013 and the NFL did nothing. He had 3 in 2015 (while injuring 3 Steelers players, 2 on clean hits) and suddenly the NFL wants to crack down on him. Meanwhile Joey Porter and Mike Munchak got slaps on the wrist. Ryan Shazier knocked Gio Bernard out with the crown of his helmet and doesn’t even get so much as a flag because he didn’t “line him up”. The double standard is obvious to any objective person.
    ———————
    Burfict doesnt’ get a clean slate every year. His suspension is for the total body of work. And you specifically list “unnecessary roughness”, but later you say “personal fouls”. If you want to combine the two (they are differentiated on PFF) then this suspension is long overdue.

  106. Lou Stools says: Feb 23, 2016 5:32 PM

    Love it when PIT fans point out the roughness of other players. Point that finger backwards and it’s called “smashmouth Steeler football”.

  107. fanofpft says: Feb 23, 2016 6:55 PM

    Why is Adam Jones not on that list?

  108. kelswhit77 says: Feb 23, 2016 8:45 PM

    I see the Steeler whiners are out in force….what a bunch of complete “wusses!” The hit on Bell was CLEAN, the hit on Brown was not. But let’s talk about the un-flagged hit by Shazier on Bernard. That was a travesty that not only was it not flagged, and Shazier was not fined, but a turnover was awarded to the Squealers. Because of that game, I ceased to be an NFL fan. Sent all my Bengals memorabilia to a friend, for free. I am done with it. But for Squealer fans to act like they are victims when it comes to dirty football is like Tiger Woods crying ‘rape.’ Grow up and get a clue about reality…the Squealers wrote the book on dirty football. What goes around comes around, so take what you have coming to you like men (if you can find a man in the entire Squeal City)!

  109. laserw says: Feb 23, 2016 11:02 PM

    Barf-ette should be banned for life and sent to skidrow. There is perhaps no more disgusting person in the NFL than this clown.

  110. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 24, 2016 12:27 AM

    I remember watching James Harrison in the late 00s and early 10s, and NOW Steeler fans want to cry about dirty play.

  111. troy43mvp says: Feb 24, 2016 7:59 AM

    The difference between players like Harrison,Ward and Porter when being compared to Burfict is that Harrison,Ward and Porter lead their team to multiple Superbowls. Burfict leads his team to another off season of talking about no playoff wins. 26 years…..WOW!

  112. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 24, 2016 11:22 AM

    When the Steelers are able to keep their own coaches from committing personal fouls against players and instigating rumbles out on the field, then they can complain. Until then, put a lid on it, whiners. You were lucky the refs handed you an unearned victory and you proved you weren’t playoff caliber material when Denver knocked your socks off anyway. Just like Tebow. LOL.

  113. bonniebengal says: Feb 24, 2016 12:12 PM

    akaodoyle says:
    Feb 23, 2016 9:14 AM
    James Harrison comes to mind as someone who adjusted quietly…

    ________________
    Actually when the changes first happened, he came out and said he was going to go low and hit people in the knees, and all the Steeler fans backed him up.

  114. reba2016 says: Feb 24, 2016 8:00 PM

    The penalties should change. UR = 30 yard penalty and an ejection from the game. Hit on a defenseless player = 30 yard penalty and ejection from the game with a 2 game suspension. Also a fine on the team OWNER for $50k. The Bengals would lose every game with Burfict there and go bankrupt.

  115. AtkinseatsyourOL says: Feb 26, 2016 9:57 AM

    Why wasn’t shazier flagged on his hit on gio? He led with the crown of his helmet

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