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Bengals won’t tell Burfict “not to be a passionate football player”

during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Getty Images

The Bengals will be without linebacker Vontaze Burfict for the first three games of the 2016 season while serves a suspension for repeated violations of the league’s player safety rules.

The most recent violation came in the team’s playoff loss to the Steelers when he was flagged for a personal foul for hitting Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown with a shot to the helmet while Brown was a defenseless receiver. Burfict said recently that he knows he has to change the way he plays to avoid further penalties and/or suspensions, but Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin said Thursday that the team doesn’t want too much of a change.

“He’s come out and said that that he needs to change some elements of [his game],” Tobin said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “But this game is about passion and passionate players are the best players in the league and so we’re not going to tell him not to be a passionate football player. That’s what he is. That’s what makes him good. Obviously there are some things that maybe at the end of the plays or some decisions he makes in a fraction of second that he’ll start to do a little differently. But he’s an important part of what we do and we’re not going to restrict him to the point where he’s ineffective.”

Keeping everything good that Burfict does for the defense while eliminating high hits would be an ideal outcome, but it may be easier said than done for him to play “passionate football” most of the time and then pull back on the throttle at the point of impact.

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30 Responses to “Bengals won’t tell Burfict “not to be a passionate football player””
  1. floratiotime says: Feb 25, 2016 3:11 PM

    He ended the Steelers playoff hopes. Single-handedly crushed them.

  2. steelerfanjo says: Feb 25, 2016 3:13 PM

    Burfict will get at least 3 to 6 more games this year. He can’t control himself. The NFL better watch out for this guy – he is a league ruiner waiting to happen.

  3. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says: Feb 25, 2016 3:22 PM

    That is not “passion”; that is stupidity. You, the organization, are in charge…act like it or be destined to keep losing.

  4. vicksdawgpound says: Feb 25, 2016 3:23 PM

    I wouldn’t expect the Bengals too. They have never tried to correct any of their players ever. Burfict is as dirty as the come. I lost all respect for him and the Bengals when they didnt care about him twisting Cam Newtons ankles after the play. Seriously the Raiders wouldnt even tolerate that. Its pathetic.

  5. nhpats says: Feb 25, 2016 3:29 PM

    And The Bengals won’t win a playoff game again next year….

  6. toybkshr says: Feb 25, 2016 3:30 PM

    That’s OK, I’m sure the officials will xtra flags available when he plays.

  7. jag1959 says: Feb 25, 2016 3:31 PM

    What’s “passionate” in Cincy and “leadership” in Dallas is grounds for arrest in some municipalities

  8. charliecharger says: Feb 25, 2016 3:33 PM

    The Bengals are a lot like a little kid who doesn’t know right from wrong and end up hurting themselves. The league office has to play mommy and daddy. I’m sure the other teams are fine with the Bengals’ willingness to shoot themselves in the foot.

  9. triggerdawg says: Feb 25, 2016 3:52 PM

    he also single handily crushed the bengals playoff dreams

  10. mudmandenny says: Feb 25, 2016 3:55 PM

    In other words, expect more of the same !

  11. steelerben says: Feb 25, 2016 3:57 PM

    He doesn’t need to throttle back at the moment of impact, he just needs to drop his target about 8 inches. You want guys flying around playing football. That is what makes the game exciting to watch. What you don’t want is players being taken out of games with negligent play.

    I enjoy watching Burfict making instinctive and athletic plays. I don’t enjoy seeing a top player taken out of the game with a brain injury.

  12. gredw6733 says: Feb 25, 2016 4:16 PM

    Passionate is one thing, dirty is something else ……. this guy isn’t passionate!

  13. bech1208 says: Feb 25, 2016 4:19 PM

    Boohoo, he’s a hard nosed football player. Everyone reveres the Lawrence Taylor’s, Ray Nitschke’s, Jack Lambert’s and Jack Tatum’s; but those guys were out to hurt people. They wanted guys to know that they had played them. Burfict is in the same mold; some of the extra curriculars have to go, and they have; I didn’t catch any ankle twists or ball taps this year.

    What really kills me are any Steelers fans talking crap; those same fans defended Harrison and continue to defend Mitchell. Those guys are just as “dirty”.

    I understand the NFL has changed, but put Burfict in the league in the 80s and people would be talking about how hard nosed he was, not how dirty.

  14. crosberger says: Feb 25, 2016 4:29 PM

    When the way a player comducts himself on the field gravely injures other players , on repeats occasions, that player hurts his team, he hurts the other impacted teams, and he degrades the NFL product. The league is a worse place when it’s stars don’t play because of serious injuries. When those injuries are avoidable or preventable then the player should be removed in a manner that demonstrates that the NFL won’t accept it. Three games is not enough to send that message.

  15. fsstnotch says: Feb 25, 2016 4:34 PM

    The guy didn’t get to where he is by being nice and pulling up to avoid a hard hit. He won’t be changing anything. He will be paying fines and possibly even more suspension next year.

  16. kevo95 says: Feb 25, 2016 4:43 PM

    Bengal organization is a joke they only care about a win ,they have no control over their players Coach Lewis is a joke ,hopefully there team never makes it

  17. kevo95 says: Feb 25, 2016 4:45 PM

    This dude is a repeat offender dirty player ,look at his past ,3games definitely not enough should be 8-10,maybe he will think twice
    I doubt he will he cheap shot punk ,him and his bff Packman

  18. fordmandalay says: Feb 25, 2016 4:46 PM

    I’d really like to know exactly when the definition of ‘being passionate’ changed to mean ‘being a total flaming psychotic ahole’.

  19. whenwilliteverend says: Feb 25, 2016 4:49 PM

    I’m not a Bengals hater. I went to college in Cincy and lived there for years. I was lucky enough to be there for the Super Bowl years. However, I’ve always been a fan of another team. I find it a bit disturbing that they characterize Burfict’s infractions as “passion” instead of dirty or stoopid. That tells you all you need to know about that organization right now. I thought Marvin Lewis had more scruples than to enable a constant stream of malcontents (Ocho Stinko, TO, PacMan “Make it rain” Jones, and Burfict). I’m disappointed but when you sleep with dogs you get fleas. If he didn’t commit that penalty, the Bengals win the game against the Steelers–all because Marvin Lewis can’t (or won’t) control his players.

  20. chadp2351 says: Feb 25, 2016 5:09 PM

    It’s hilarious people are acting like he’s bad for the league. When actually the way he plays built this league. Get over yourselves you freaking crybabies. The 70’s Steelers built their fan base because of how tough/dirty they played. Today those same fans whine unless it’s their guys doing it. You guys are all hypocrites. It’s pretty comical.

  21. laxer37 says: Feb 25, 2016 10:33 PM

    That “passion” got you another one-and-out in the playoffs.

    Keep enabling that behavior Bungles.

  22. jtb79 says: Feb 26, 2016 6:31 AM

    If Bengals cut him 31 teams would be fighting to get this guy on there team. You never here about off the field issues with him. He seems to make boneheaded decisions sometimes, other than that fun to watch

  23. fanofpft says: Feb 26, 2016 11:39 AM

    They thought about telling him to use his head but retracted.

  24. troy43mvp says: Feb 26, 2016 11:44 AM

    When you twist players ankles after the play is over or take out Max Williams with your helmet on a cheap filthy blind shot or go after Ben Roethlisbergers knee and spit in a players face. Are these the examples of passion? They are examples of of zero regard for fellow players careers. There is only one thing to do as NFL players and that is to take Burfict out of the league yourselves. If the league won’t do what needs to be done, it’s time to protect your own careers players.

  25. theageofquarrel says: Feb 26, 2016 11:47 AM

    Always been a garbage franchise and they always will be

  26. ajigel says: Feb 26, 2016 3:41 PM

    troy43mvp – you have a Troy Polomalu user name and you’re knocking a guy because of head shots? look in the mirror

  27. 3wordanswers says: Feb 26, 2016 3:51 PM

    On the subject of ‘repeat offenders’; its about time the NFL started dishing out some serious fines and game suspensions to the Steelers coaches.

    That’s multiple times now The Steelers coaches have ingressed onto the field and had a serious impact on the actual game results.

    Remenmber Tomlin impeding Jacoby Jones on that PR v BAL a few years ago? Now we have Munchak pulling Nelsons hair and Porter acting like the punk he is by starting a fight over near the Bengals bench, when The Bengals DC had expressly asked him not to talk to his players.

    If you want to start punishing repeat offenders, no better place to start than The Steelers bench.

  28. 3wordanswers says: Feb 26, 2016 3:58 PM

    troy43mvp says: When you twist players ankles after the play is over or take out Max Williams with your helmet on a cheap filthy blind shot or go after Ben Roethlisbergers knee and spit in a players face. Are these the examples of passion? They are examples of of zero regard for fellow players careers. There is only one thing to do as NFL players and that is to take Burfict out of the league yourselves. If the league won’t do what needs to be done, it’s time to protect your own careers players.
    ==================================

    …….that’s right; best way to take Burfict out of the game is to actually kill him; you know; just like Vince Williams actually threatened to do.

    That’s where most of this PIT v CIN junk started, because the NFL took no action against Williams after he threatened to kill Burfict……

    Just another example of there being one set or rules for The Steelers, and another for the rest of the league…….

  29. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 26, 2016 7:05 PM

    Just How many plays did Burfict take away from the Steelers best players? He’s underpaid and should’ve been in cosideration for Mvp. (Especially considering the giant turd the actual mvp left on the field, and the stank he left on the league for his crybaby routine after the game)

  30. bonniebengal says: Feb 27, 2016 10:13 AM

    Tobin is very respected in the NFL. His plan for Burfict is the right one.

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