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Paul Guenther: Vontaze Burfict “way smarter” than he gets credit for

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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will sit out the first three games of the 2016 season while serving a suspension for repeated violations of the league’s player safety rules, but that hasn’t soured the team on the linebacker.

Despite the damage done by penalties for those violations, director of player personnel Duke Tobin said that the Bengals don’t want Burfict to change his “passionate” approach to the game and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther says that he’d like to have Burfict teaching other players how to play once the linebacker retires.

“I’ve said it before, and I want it to be said now, because of where he’s at, when he’s done playing I am going to hire him as a coach, if I’m still coaching,” Guenther said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “When he leaves football he’s got a job. I’m going to hire him, because he is way smarter than everyone gives him credit for. Everyone thinks he’s this thug. He is smart. He’ll come into meetings on Wednesdays and say they’re doing this, they’re doing that. He gets it like that. He is smart.”

Guenther said that “the way [Burfict’s] being perceived right now is terrible,” although it’s hard to see where things have gone askew on that front. Burfict has been a very good football player since arriving in Cincinnati, but he’s also been one with a penchant for crossing the line. Burfict admitted the latter has to change and any perception of him will remain the same until he does.

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49 Responses to “Paul Guenther: Vontaze Burfict “way smarter” than he gets credit for”
  1. beachsidejames says: Feb 28, 2016 10:27 AM

    Lets hope so.

  2. dcspeedway says: Feb 28, 2016 10:28 AM

    Has nothing to to do with “smarts” or being smarter.
    You need to use the good old gray matter that the good lord gave you = Common Sense.
    One ounce of common sense will go alot farther then anything else.

  3. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 28, 2016 10:35 AM

    Now that is dumb praising dumber…. Must be a Cinci thing. A coach with ethics and guts would have benched this turd until he changes. He will seriously hurt someone before he gets banned.

  4. douchebigelow says: Feb 28, 2016 10:37 AM

    “Vontaze Burfict way smarter than he gets credit for”-

    Said no one ever

  5. tonebones says: Feb 28, 2016 10:39 AM

    Nobody’s questioning the kid’s smarts, but many are questioning the intelligence of the owners and coaches who put this guy out on the field where he repeatedly loses his control over his emotions in the heat of the battle and costs his team a chance to go to the super bowl. The kid is a multiple repeat offender. When you look at Pac Man Jones, Burfict, and many of the other bad character guys that the Bengals have employed over the years, you have to put the blame on the owners. This really doesn’t have anything to do with how smart Vontaze Burfict is. The goal is to win the super bowl. I’m more concerned with the smarts of the owner.

  6. floratiotime says: Feb 28, 2016 10:46 AM

    He just likes killing the Steelers’ playoff hopes. Hard to fault him for that.

  7. jag1959 says: Feb 28, 2016 11:01 AM

    “I’m going to hire him, because he is way smarter than everyone gives him credit for.”

    That wouldn’t be hard.
    Most of us consider knowing what not to do and when most not to do it to be part and parcel of being smart.

  8. levanderwilliams says: Feb 28, 2016 11:05 AM

    I seriously doubt it.

  9. buckeye3892 says: Feb 28, 2016 11:17 AM

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  10. 6250claimer says: Feb 28, 2016 11:19 AM

    He may be “football smart”, but he’s got less common sense than that Bernie dude with the wild hair.

  11. toybkshr says: Feb 28, 2016 11:23 AM

    That’s rich!

  12. bubbahotepp says: Feb 28, 2016 11:24 AM

    In the eternal words of Warner Wolf…”Let’s go to the videotape!”

  13. steelerstrong says: Feb 28, 2016 11:28 AM

    Animals are smart as well. But in the end, they are just that. Animals.

  14. kevo95 says: Feb 28, 2016 11:31 AM

    Who ever believes that ,must be a Bengal fan

  15. jayhit says: Feb 28, 2016 11:32 AM

    He slso likes sitting on the sideline costing his team everything they worked hard to achieve all year. Hard to fault him for that. Got to give him more credit though sounds like a smart guy.

  16. vikings1234 says: Feb 28, 2016 11:34 AM

    Something I have always wondered – does part of a first year signing bonus get included in money forfeited when a player is suspended, or is it only the per game salary for the year of the suspension. If you take his $20,000,000 4 year deal and divide it by 64 games he makes an average over the contract of $312,500 per game. If you look at his 2016 salary and divide that by 16 games he makes $178,125 per game. So the question is, how much did the 3 games suspension really cost him?

  17. f1restarter says: Feb 28, 2016 11:37 AM

    Not too hard, since he doesn’t get credit for much.

    At least not in the brains department.

  18. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 28, 2016 11:38 AM

    In two – three years Vontaze Burfict WILL be the defensive face of the NFL.

  19. 6superbowls says: Feb 28, 2016 11:43 AM

    Burfict will get his

  20. thisonesforpat says: Feb 28, 2016 11:44 AM

    There’s no end to the transgressions he’s committed. Instances so aggregious they would normally be referenced are forgotten because of the Pittsburgh game. Talk to ASU. Why wasn’t he drafted?

    Berfict is a criminal. My question is: Who is out of the league first Burfict or Beckham ?

  21. bonniebengal says: Feb 28, 2016 11:47 AM

    He had one boneheaded play and several brilliant ones in that playoff game. Hopefully Haslett, his new position coach, can help him make the changes he needs to make.

  22. ajigel says: Feb 28, 2016 11:55 AM

    A coach with ethics and guts would have benched this turd until he changes.
    ____

    A coach with ethics also doesn’t pull the hair of opposing players or head to an opposing teams huddle and get in peoples faces

  23. drewzducks says: Feb 28, 2016 12:14 PM

    Well, we do actually have proof of at least someone saying this about Burfict. The same can’t be said about Mike Tomlin.

  24. jimnaizeeum says: Feb 28, 2016 12:14 PM

    If he gets credit for not having a brain, but actually has half a brain then I guess Guenther is correct.

  25. laxer37 says: Feb 28, 2016 12:19 PM

    Keep enabling him Cincy. The guy was a dirty player in college and he’s a dirty player in the NFL.

    The Bengals have a long history of taking poor character guys and that’s why they can’t win a meaningful game when it matters.

  26. laxer37 says: Feb 28, 2016 12:22 PM

    floratiotime says:

    He just likes killing the Steelers’ playoff hopes.

    —————–

    …and apparently killing his own team’s playoff hopes.

  27. sandman34rt says: Feb 28, 2016 12:29 PM

    Looks like he likes killing the Bengals playoff hopes more. Easy to fault him for that.

  28. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 28, 2016 12:43 PM

    The guy has little self control.

    And the same kind of anger that makes him snap on the football field could easily happen off the field with domestic violence or some other violent crime.

    Burfict is a walking felony waiting to happen.

  29. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 28, 2016 1:05 PM

    A coach with ethics also doesn’t pull the hair of opposing players or head to an opposing teams huddle and get in peoples faces

    So you favor someone who is intent on injuring someone whenever he loses control …. That says a a lot about you…. Like you are a moron.

  30. theageofquarrel says: Feb 28, 2016 1:11 PM

    Garbage player
    Garbage franchise

  31. whenwilliteverend says: Feb 28, 2016 1:14 PM

    Maybe he is smarter than people think but he sure doesn’t display that on the field with the never-ending occasions of very poor decision-making. But go ahead Bengals…keep enabling him and encouraging him to be an idiot and you can sit at home for the playoffs again and again because you can’t/won’t control your players. If you didn’t have two of the dumbest players in the league you would have won the playoff game but I guess it doesn’t matter as long as you can coddle your players and make excuses for their stupidity.

  32. PFT loves the Steelers says: Feb 28, 2016 1:25 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) <—————— very interesting
    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)

    Even if you only count Unnecessary Roughness (not sure why roughing the passer is any less dirty), Burfict was tied with 5 others for 2nd place. That includes Cody Wallace of the Steelers.

  33. dcapettini says: Feb 28, 2016 1:34 PM

    He just got docked three game checks for his behavior. How is that “smart”? Maybe Tobin means that instead of having an IQ of 6, he is all the way up to 16. Putting your team in a position to lose in the playoffs and inciting the other dunderhead on your team to seal the deal; that is very, very dumb. It is dumber than picking up a fumble and running the wrong way.

  34. vottorific says: Feb 28, 2016 1:43 PM

    Best linebacker in the league. What a bunch of crybabies on this site. Funny whiners.

  35. steeltroll says: Feb 28, 2016 1:53 PM

    Hate from Cincy fans is hilarious. Steelers Nation laughs at you until its collective stomach hurts. Literally had the playoff win in the bag and your two idiot players blew it. Blame Porter all you like. All Jones had to do was laugh at him and walk away. Idiots.

  36. kcflake says: Feb 28, 2016 1:53 PM

    Burfict has shown zero proof of being “smart” in college or the pros.

  37. Slapshot says: Feb 28, 2016 1:54 PM

    They don’t call them the Bungles for nothing.

  38. ajigel says: Feb 28, 2016 1:58 PM

    So you favor someone who is intent on injuring someone whenever he loses control …. That says a a lot about you…. Like you are a moron.
    ______

    Considering you have no ground to stand on as a Steelers fan, this is a pretty laughable comment. I don’t like the fact that Burfict is out there trying to intentionally injure people, and have never claimed to.

    Meanwhile you have guys like Shazier, Cody Wallace (who’s headshot after the play in Denver might be the dirtiest play of the year) and Mike Mitchell (to name a few) out there who seem to he headhunting regularly. So either the Steelers coaches favour multiple guys who lose control as well, or its part of the steelers strategy.

    Either way, get your own house in order, or just feel free to be a hypocrite

  39. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 28, 2016 4:02 PM

    Either way, get your own house in order, or just feel free to be a hypocrite

    Funny you should say that when you support the actions of such a Turd. So Einstein name one Steeler that will be serving a three game suspension to start next year…. I thought so. Trying to justify your support of a turd by saying Steelers is a joke as you have no support. None were found guilty of intent to injure like turd Burfict. So you go on trying to make yourself feel better…. Moron.

  40. clevelandisahole says: Feb 28, 2016 4:20 PM

    Oh yeah. He’s a genius alright. I’m sure he’d be a college professor or an accountant or something if the nfl hadnt worked out!!! Lol. Good one guys!! Vontaze Burfict…. I needed a good laugh. Thanks!!

  41. beelicker says: Feb 28, 2016 4:53 PM

    Fact: Burfict has been wearing the radio helmet & quarterbacking the Bengals defense (calling the defensive alignments & pre-snap adjustments) on the field since he was a rookie

  42. chadp2351 says: Feb 28, 2016 4:56 PM

    “Funny you should say that when you support the actions of such a Turd. So Einstein name one Steeler that will be serving a three game suspension to start next year…. I thought so. Trying to justify your support of a turd by saying Steelers is a joke as you have no support. None were found guilty of intent to injure like turd Burfict. So you go on trying to make yourself feel better…. Moron.

    That’s because the league shows favoritism to certain teams and the Steelers are one of them.

  43. joetoronto says: Feb 28, 2016 6:26 PM

    Yes, he’s so smart he singlehandedly cost his team a playoff game, but you know what, he’s smarter than the Bungals fanboys and girls that still support him.

    What a bunch of morons you are, moronic losers.

  44. critterkiller33 says: Feb 28, 2016 7:00 PM

    I have a German Shepherd that is smarter than him…. Seriously…….

  45. savior72 says: Feb 28, 2016 7:11 PM

    Not smart enough from getting suspended apparently…

  46. calvinisthobbesian says: Feb 28, 2016 8:12 PM

    Even hockey players understand that once you’re in the playoffs the rough stuff has to get toned down. I don’t care how smart he is or isn’t; if you can’t control yourself on the field and let your emotions dictate your play, you’re going to hurt your team That goes for Pacman too.

  47. cincy85 says: Feb 28, 2016 9:52 PM

    He obviously made some bad choices but the media cracks the bengals all the time. Very few articals have been written about cincy without a negative undertone. Mainstream media is biased and players like burfict suffer from that. A player like burfict 20 years ago is a future hof player, the guys a beast

  48. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 29, 2016 11:14 AM

    Too bad he’s not smart enough to teach both of his running backs to not fumble in the biggest moments of their season.

  49. ajigel says: Feb 29, 2016 12:25 PM

    Funny you should say that when you support the actions of such a Turd. So Einstein name one Steeler that will be serving a three game suspension to start next year…. I thought so. Trying to justify your support of a turd by saying Steelers is a joke as you have no support. None were found guilty of intent to injure like turd Burfict. So you go on trying to make yourself feel better…. Moron.
    ——
    I never said I supported the guys actions, and I’m fine with the suspension, my only complaint is the double standard. But by all means, hang your argument on the fact that the league (which has been wildly inconsistent on handing out suspensions and still doesn’t know what a catch is) suspended one guys and not anyone else. The same league that has been accused of favoritism towards the Steelers by multiple teams.

    All I’m saying is that I find it hypocritical in saying that the Bengals were the dirtier team, despite the fact that the Steelers did have almost twice the penalty yards in the last game and more than the Bengals over all three meetings.

    As long as you seem to think that you’ve got a bunch of choir boys out there you keep proving you have no ability to take a step back and think logically.

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