Marvin Lewis on Vontaze Burfict: “He has to understand”

AP

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict‘s latest brush with the on-field law may or may not result in a suspension.

But his coach isn’t thrilled with the actions which led to Burfict’s first career ejection.

Burfict didn’t talk to reporters after the game, but Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he’s talked to Burfict about such outbursts.

He has to understand. I’ve pointed it out in those situations,” Lewis said, via Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website. “Sometimes what happens, you push back and it’s the official. You can’t do that. He knows better. We pay a price, we pay a price because he hurts us when it’s on the field that way, and then he’s not on the field, so both ways.”

The ejection for unsportsmanlike conduct came two plays after he was flagged for unnecessary roughness, after hitting running back DeMarco Murray out of bounds. Burfict’s contact there wasn’t egregious (by his standards), but his track record means he gets a closer look from officials.

“I think so,” wide receiver A.J. Green said. “I think he’s getting targeted a lot. On some of those plays I don’t think anybody else would make it. They wouldn’t get that call. I think he just has a target on his back. That’s the way he is. He’s an emotional guy. That’s the guy we want. I wouldn’t trade him for anybody in the world.”

While there’s an argument to be made that Burfict’s actions in a vacuum might not have warranted an ejection, he doesn’t live in a vacuum. He earned his reputation over the years, inviting the scrutiny with a long list of aggressive/dangerous/illegal plays. And since the Bengals have allowed it to continue, their complaints of unfair treatment ring hollow.

30 responses to “Marvin Lewis on Vontaze Burfict: “He has to understand”

  1. There is not a more enabling coach in the league than Lewis. If you did an xray on Lewis’ back I doubt you would find a spine. Not sure what holds up his body.

  2. Since when does Marvin care? He has let his team do whatever and he makes excuses for it. You know what that’s called? An Enabler. Now his team (specifically Jones and Burfict) realizes they can do anything they want and hurt the team and Marvin doesn’t care. It might mean something if Marvin had done something about this but it’s a habit for the Bengals now and Marvin has lost control. It’s too late. Maybe if he had nipped it in the bud at first it wouldn’t be a problem but that ship has sailed.

  3. While there’s an argument to be made that Burfict’s actions in a vacuum might not have warranted an ejection, he doesn’t live in a vacuum. He earned his reputation over the years, inviting the scrutiny with a long list of aggressive/dangerous/illegal plays. And since the Bengals have allowed it to continue, their complaints of unfair treatment ring hollow.

    Exactly

  4. We are passed “he has to understand”.

    The NFL needs to implement a lifetime ban from the sport and to never let the clown back – ever.

  5. “He has to understand”
    – that he’s an idiot
    – that he has to follow the rules
    – that he has to play nice with others
    – that he pays a lot of fines
    – that he is the dirtiest player in the NFL
    – that only like three teams would ever hire him

  6. I am a Titans fan and I thought the flag was uncalled for on the Murray hit. I’ve seen far worse that didn’t get a flag. Not a Burfict fan but in this case I thought he was treated unfairly.

  7. We talk about the history of “aggressive/dangerous/illegal” plays. This is a guy without a single off-field blemish. Fans are so convinced that this guy is a “turd” for plays where he puts a shoulder into an opponent between the lines. Yet we buy jerseys for guys with off-field histories such as Ezekiel Elliott, Big Ben and LeVeon Bell.
    If Burfict is a turd, then those guys are something we can’t post here.

  8. 50 yr Bengal fan, that’s right I’m 63. I can tell you I have been a season tix holder for 20 yrs, been to both Bengal super bowls but those days are loooong gone. Marvin Lewis hasn’t been the answer for this team since he got HC job. I have never wanted the Bengals to lose a game but I want them to lose the rest of season so finally we can we move on from Marvin!!

  9. steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    November 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm
    We talk about the history of “aggressive/dangerous/illegal” plays. This is a guy without a single off-field blemish. Fans are so convinced that this guy is a “turd” for plays where he puts a shoulder into an opponent between the lines. Yet we buy jerseys for guys with off-field histories such as Ezekiel Elliott, Big Ben and LeVeon Bell.
    If Burfict is a turd, then those guys are something we can’t post here.
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    You, sir, hit the nail on the head. Hanging out with Roethlisberger, Martavis Bryant, Le’veon Bell and those of that ilk will get you arrested long before hanging out with Burfict.

  10. ocdn says:
    November 12, 2017 at 7:36 pm
    Why is Burfict not in jail?
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    Because he’s never broken any laws. Unlike most of the rest of the NFL and I guarantee you that your favorite team has players who have been arrested. Glass houses dude.

  11. Here’s the plan.
    Throw most of the remaining games. Finish 4-12. Get about the 5th pick.
    First you let Marvin walk, and the entire staff.
    Re-sign AJ McCarren.
    CUT THE WORLDS MOST BARELY AVERAGE QB ANDY DAULTON. Get rid of this guy.
    Let Burfict and Pacman just go away too.
    Then …
    Draft Baker Mayfield !!!!
    Kid reminds me of Joe Montana.
    He should still be there at 5.
    Lets start it all over …

  12. The ref initiated the contact (holding VB back *after a Titan* obviously & blatantly taunted VB by nearly pushing him back off his feet) & then did not let go. After NOT responding to the obvious taunt, Burfict turned & walked away & seemingly reached up to unfasten his chinstrap (as the ref made sure to keep contact with Burfict by *clinging* to his arm as he turned to walk away, an obvious setup as the ref also made sure to avert his eyes (indicating the manhood he lacks to be party to this) from actually observing the intended victim of this premeditated scam, Burfict. WATCH the tape to see this conspiracy unfold in real time. The tape doesn’t lie …

  13. He has to understand that there are two sets of rules. Vontaze can hit a guy in the chest and get a three game suspension. The same hit was leveled on AJ Green in the same preseason game without a flag. He has to understand that there are different rules depending on the popularity of your team.

    There is no other explanation on how Mitchell and Shazier have not been suspended once for multiple crown of the helmet hits on opposing players and only getting a couple of fines equivalent of wearing illegal socks. There is a team in our division that clearly teaches helmet hitting, but nothing is done, because of their popularity. What Vontaze needs to understand is that he plays for a small market team with limited historical success so his actions won’t be whitewashed by the media and the league office.

  14. And a big reason of Burficts lack of vacuum is this site right here, if he played for the Steelers he’d be heralded

  15. natijim185 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 7:44 pm
    50 yr Bengal fan, that’s right I’m 63. I can tell you I have been a season tix holder for 20 yrs, been to both Bengal super bowls but those days are loooong gone. Marvin Lewis hasn’t been the answer for this team since he got HC job. I have never wanted the Bengals to lose a game but I want them to lose the rest of season so finally we can we move on from Marvin!!

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    I agree. Lose em all, blow it up and start over.
    coming up on my 30th year as a Bengals fan and boy has the majority of it NOT been fun!

  16. Ever since Burfict’s days here at ASU, where he set records for personal fouls and ejections, coaches have been heard to say, “He has to understand”

  17. Marvin need to understand you don’t need to draft this type character to have a good football team.

  18. @melikefootball yes you do have to draft guys like that when your owner has never courted a top free agent throughout the entirety of his presidency.

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