Vontaze Burfict needs to go, for good

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From time to time, the NFL looks the other way regarding suspension-worthy behavior on the football field. This time, the NFL looked the other way on banishment-worthy behavior from Vontaze Burfict.

Burfict’s blatant forearm to the helmet of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown passes the walks/talks/quacks/craps-like-a-duck test, especially in light of Burfict’s history. He wanted to throw a forearm into the helmet of Brown, and Burfict did.

So why wasn’t he suspended? One possibility is that, with everything otherwise going so smoothly this year for the NFL, the league office opted not to undermine the upswing in scoring and ratings (and eventually revenue) by making a strong public statement about Burfict being a bad guy. With the league’s owners gathering on Tuesday for a quarterly meeting, the topic could/would have created plenty of sound bites regarding the unacceptability of the headhunting in which Burfict seemed to be engaged, drawing even more attention to the lingering dark underbelly of the game.

At a time when the league is determined to keep the focus on the game, the question of whether Burfict should be suspended for an extended stretch or kicked out of the league for good would take the focus away from the current Papa John’s-style “better offenses, better game, NFL” obsession.

But it’s becoming harder to ignore the situation, given that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger claims that, after the blow to Brown’s head, Burfict pointed to receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and declared, “You’re next!”

The NFL has yet to respond to an inquiry from PFT as to whether they’ll investigate the situation and punish Burfict. They should. Ultimately, they should kick Burfict out of the league.

He has had ample opportunities to comply with the expectations of those who run the sport. He consistently has failed.

If you’re on the fence about that, take a look at this video posted by Robert Klemko of SI.com. Burfict is a menace to the game, a constant threat to the health and safety of his opponents, and unfit to conform to the conduct the league now mandates.

165 responses to “Vontaze Burfict needs to go, for good

  1. Goodell protects AFC teams and their star players because Cincy COULD be a team that is in the postseason to play the Pats.

    And, as we know, Cincy hasn’t hosted many playoff games in recent years. So, if Burfict gets suspended and Cincy loses 3 or 4 games during that suspension period, it would be a big blow to them.

    Burfict is a “repeat offender” and still yet Goodell helps his buddy Mike Brown. Like, how is Pacman Jones still in the leaague, for example?

  2. I knew he was dirty but after watching that video…ugh. If there is a next round of concussion lawsuits that should be exhibit A against the NFL. They knowingly let this player continue a pattern of illegal behavior for their own financial gain.

  3. There were other things in the Steeler game. Steelers Depot did a write up on it – including trying to destroy the head of Roethlisberger on a qb sneak (3 seconds after the whistle blew).

    If he actually looked at what he was tackling, he may have connected. Then again, he wouldn’t be leading with the crown of his helmet at other players heads.

  4. Agree…there is no place in any league for a dirty player who is also a many- times- over repeat offender. Burfict should try MMA or UFC if he wants to fight.

  5. Burfict was a punk before he came to the NFL, and has maintained that behavior. He needs to receive a major suspension. The NFL continues to get it wrong. They will finally take action when someone is injured or worse, and they will be too late.

  6. BURFICT example of bullying behavior. Zero sportsmanship, zero value to the game, and the game has been losing value annually. Get rid of this guy. Off the field, behavior like this gets police calls.

  7. Burfict has crossed the line many times, but I don’t get the outrage over this play. If minor arm blows bring huge fines and suspensions, football is done.

  8. No player has ever or will ever lose their job for injuring another player. But let that same player miss one tackle and they can be gone.

    Let that sink in.

  9. I’ve nevery seen so many rules geared towards romoving the violence, in a sport that is inherently violent. I have played and coached the game for a number of years at many levels, and always advocate proper techniques and sportsmanship, however, the rules in place today are taking away the competitive aspects away and making the game one sided.

  10. He has been witnessed on camera throwing his arm/shoulder up like that to make contact with a player he is tackling which makes it pretty obviously intentional attempt to hit a player in the head, plus it was a late hit and just plain more forceful than it needed to be against a player already going to the ground. Yeah he should be punished, and punished hard.

  11. BRING BACK 90’s FOOTBALL. They used to crush one another and that is what we want to see. This MADDEN NFL is crap. I have stopped watching this pansy game. Let them destroy eachother of their millions of dollars

  12. He has had issues long before he came into the NFL but people trend to overlook things when a player has talent. The Bengals took a flyer on him but obviously haven’t been able to help him overcome anything. They just let it go in the name of winning. Guy needs help. Maybe losing his job will be the start.

  13. Yeah, he’s a dirty player, but at least watch the video. He hits Brown with his shoulder. If you can’t even see that, you have no point whatsoever.

  14. sportoficionado says:
    October 17, 2018 at 3:37 pm
    I’ve nevery seen so many rules geared towards romoving the violence, in a sport that is inherently violent. I have played and coached the game for a number of years at many levels, and always advocate proper techniques and sportsmanship, however, the rules in place today are taking away the competitive aspects away and making the game one sided.

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    I agree with your comment, but it has no relevance in relation to Burfict. He doesn’t play with proper technique, he has no sportsmanship and his intent is to injure guys. That’s always been the wrong way to play.

  15. canedaddy says:
    October 17, 2018 at 3:34 pm
    Burfict has crossed the line many times, but I don’t get the outrage over this play. If minor arm blows bring huge fines and suspensions, football is done.

    ——-

    The outrage is is over all the plays together. The concern is what will happen next given he hasn’t changed after being punished so many times.

  16. The hit Burfict took from Schuster last year was much more violent than anything he did against the Steelers in week six. His play is not nearly so controversial when he is not going against Pittsburgh. Professional athletes are laughing at how much is being made of the “You’re next” comment. It seems a much bigger deal to bloggers who have never played any sport.

  17. Burfict is a “repeat offender” and still yet Goodell helps his buddy Mike Brown. Like, how is Pacman Jones still in the leaague, for example?
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    How in the world could anyone think that Mike Brown gets any benefit from the league? If so, maybe they would have called that pick play (of plenty of other calls). The only preferential treatment they get is when the Steelers players headhunt them, and the refs don’t make a call, they hand out fines and say that they should have made a call.

  18. The hypocrisy of Steelers fans and players never surprises me. Burfict gets concussed by Ju JU Smith Shuster and Shuster celebrates it, says he never has to pay for drinks in bars because of it, makes a touchdown celebration put of it, and then is surprised Burfict points to him and says he’s next? Steeler’s players can gang up on Bengals players in Vegas (Joey Porter – Levi Jones), say the are going to “Paint” (Shoot) Burfict if they see him in public, but you never hear a word about it. Get off the soap box and at least stop whining.

  19. The NFL is a hypocritical league. Actually the referees did apply a penalty for this play. The punishment was for Tomlin for his comments on the criteria they used on the flag of T. J. Watt.

  20. And while I’m not going to defend Burfict’s actions, I don’t see how he’d going to be the one guy they ban. Mike Mitchell rearely received league action, and he’s responsible for more missed games from opponent players than Burfict. Meanwhile Talib, Suh and Vince Williams are out there.

    If you care about player safety, and you think banning a player will work, enforce it across the board – but don’t tell me banning one guy will solve the leagues problems and then go back to business as usual (which seems to be the argument being made here)

  21. Burfict is playing in the wrong era, he would’ve fit right in in the 60’s and 70’s. Times have changed today we have a kinder more gentle NFL.

  22. Wait…Pittsburgh has been pulling this crap with Cincinnati since 1992, and it’s acceptable? However, one player from Cincinnati does it back and he needs to go? Really! Vince Williams threatening to spray burfict with bullets is acceptable, Shazier lowering his head and putting Bernard out of a game is acceptable, Hines ward crack back block breaking Keith rivers jaw is acceptable, Mitchell constantly trying to injure AJ Green, Williams breaking the jaw of a punter with a cheap shot is okay, and so on! Burfict isn’t the only one…call it both ways…burfict has issues but so does Pittsburgh. Glass houses!

  23. If the league is concerned with player safety, it should ban players who have repeatedly taken penalties in an attempt to injure other players. This is not a complicated issue. With the league’s failure to censure this behavior, why would Burfict not think he can continue this illegal behavior and not be punished. Enough already.

  24. Maybe AB’s agent should do what he did with Hill and demand charges be brought up on him. I’d take a beer to the face over an elbow any day.

  25. Vontaze Burfict is a bad person. He likes to hurt people. He does it in the context of a football game, but make no mistake about it. He’s not doing the things he does to give his team a competitive advantage, he’s doing it because he’s a sociopath with an addiction to violence.

    The only downside I can see to throwing him out of the league is the danger he will pose to society in general once he doesn’t have a place to take out his violent tendencies.

  26. The hypocrisy of Steeler fans and players never surprises me. Burfict gets concussed by Ju JU Smith Shuster and Shuster celebrates it, says he never has to pay for drinks in bars because of it, makes a touchdown celebration put of it, and then is surprised Burfict points to him and says he’s next? Steeler’s players can gang up on Bengals players in Vegas (Joey Porter – Levi Jones), say the are going to “Paint” (Shoot) Burfict if they see him in public, but you never hear a word about it. Get off the soap box and at least stop whining. Steelers players have been doing this for decades but when the tables get turned, they turn into whining babies.

  27. Odd how the NFL talks out of both sides of their mouths on player safety, fine a guy for tackle of ankle and Burfict on tape trying to hurt another player with hit to head ahh we will look the other way.

  28. No fan of Bufict, at all, but c’mon man! I’m a Patriots fan and I have no problem with hard nosed football. If Goodell wants to make it flag football fine. Penalize the guy for being a meanie, but you don’t take a guy’s career away for playing the game the way it used to be played, and in my opinion should be played. He takes his fines and suspensions like a man. At least he wears pants, unlike a bunch of whiners like Big Ben.

  29. The process that the NFL uses to discipline/fine players is comical. While I’d hate to see a player get critically injured by Burfict … when it does eventually happen the league will have a hard time justifying how they take player safety so seriously yet allow this guy to continue to demonstrate behavior that borders on criminal. Roger came out when there was fallout from Ray Rice saying the NFL got it wrong. By not suspending Burfict is he saying that the NFL got this discipline right? so sad …

  30. No mention of the CBA, employment law, or their implications on such a ban? Interesting omission for a guy who frequently cites all three with regard to similar matters.

  31. Some of that video was standard play by defenses in the 70s/80s.

    Yet, times have changed. Blatantly attacking knees is a no no. So are shots to the head with an elbow or helmet.

  32. Steelers crying about a dirty player is as laughable as their fans talking about another team cheating.

  33. ajigel says:
    October 17, 2018 at 3:47 pm
    Burfict is a “repeat offender” and still yet Goodell helps his buddy Mike Brown. Like, how is Pacman Jones still in the leaague, for example?
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    How in the world could anyone think that Mike Brown gets any benefit from the league? If so, maybe they would have called that pick play (of plenty of other calls). The only preferential treatment they get is when the Steelers players headhunt them, and the refs don’t make a call, they hand out fines and say that they should have made a call.

    ———————-

    1. Burfcit
    2. PacMan Jones (almost killed a guy)

    There are probbaly more examples as well.

  34. Nothing here that didn’t happen on every play of every game in the 70’s and 80’s. Let them play.

  35. The league will tolerate it as long as Burfict saves his worst behavior for when the Bengals play the Steelers. Because those two teams do it to each other blatantly.

  36. ratsfoiledagain says:
    October 17, 2018 at 4:09 pm
    Some of that video was standard play by defenses in the 70s/80s.

    Yet, times have changed. Blatantly attacking knees is a no no. So are shots to the head with an elbow or helmet.

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    I am still shocked at how these players dive at one another’s knees. Just go for he shins or ankles.

    The hit on Chris Hogan early in that game vs KC was dirty, but no one says anything.

    I am always amazed

  37. The Steelers have every right to complain that Burfict is stealing all of Hines Ward’s dirty tricks. He should at least give him credit.

    And while the arm chairs are at it, look at that OPI that gifted the Steelers an undeserved win over the Bengals. If you’re going to make a late call on Burfict, make one on Hunter for that illegal pick.

  38. sm00thkw says:
    October 17, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I mean…we all see he hit his shoulder first, no? I can’t be the only one that see’s that.

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    Yes, he pretty clearly does. It’s not even clear whether/how much he hits the helmet. The main blow is to the shoulder. Certainly makes one question the quality of the reporting of the incident.

  39. Burfict is a jerk. BUT He shouldnt be banned. Stop banning everything. “Youre next” has probably been said 1000000 times on a football field and everybody fine. Relax Francis.

  40. Where is the player’s union on this question? Union’s first priority used to be for the personal safety of their members, now it’s just their financial security. Individual players have called for his suspension, why isn’t the union responding?

  41. Watching that video actually improved my opinion of Burfict. There were some playes he went over the line, but most of em are marginal at worst. Some are actually great plays.

  42. Go ahead and act like the Steelers haven’t provoked this and been the dirtiest team in the league for decades. Lloyd, Harrison, Ward, Shazier, and many more have behaved this way forever with no real punishment because of who they play for and the preferential treatment they have gotten from the league and officiating crews. As soon as a Bengal acts like it you think he should be banned? If that’s the case then the entire Pittsburgh organization should never play again!

  43. Somebody, someday will put a stop to this loser with a forearm shiver to this losers neck! It’ll be worth the fine, penalty and suspension!

    The best place for him is the unemployment line! Collusion would be warranted!

  44. 1. Burfcit
    2. PacMan Jones (almost killed a guy)

    There are probbaly more examples as well.

    ======================================================
    Wasn’t he on the Titans when that happened? How would that benefit the Bengals?

  45. accidental – no question
    cannot stand the guy
    but no one, I repeat no one
    risks breaking his arm on a helmet
    accidental – no question

  46. Everyone crying about the Steelers…….this guy has done this kind of thing to players on many teams.

  47. When did the Steelers turn into such sissies? I don’t remember them acting this way when Bill Cowher was Coach.

  48. Yeah, those are dirty hits.
    But show me a highlight of any starting linebacker going back to 2012 and I can find a list of big hits and many of them will be ‘dirty’.

  49. It’s been said by many a gambler who bets on the ponies that the best predictor of future performance is past performance. In other words, this donkey named Burfict will always play dirty and attempt to injure players. Every player in the NFL should be saving all the tape they can find on this idiot and send it to their attorney just in case their the next one seriously injured. Put the NFL on notice, you’ve been warned about this behavior and you refuse tp take steps to protect the players. Gordan Graham, a very talented speaker once said, “if it’s predictable, it’s preventable.” NFL, get your checkbook ready.

  50. It’s funny how the NFL will flag/fine guys who are doing everything they can to not get the falling on the QB penalty, but they haven’t done anything about this psychopath who is INTENTIONALLY trying to injure people (see: Burfict trying to twist Cam Newton’s leg).

  51. 1. Burfcit
    2. PacMan Jones (almost killed a guy)

    There are probbaly more examples as well.
    ————
    Quick question, but I’ll ask it since you troll Bengals posts – are you even aware Pac-Man was cut from the Bengals?

  52. If you’re gonna open up this can of worms then it should really be done on all levels. There are plenty of headhunters, eye pokers and helmet kickers (with head in) out there who should be publicized equally. These guys have a documented history as well. Just sayin…

  53. He’s obviously dirty, and anyone arguing otherwise is a fool. I’m a Bengals fan sick of him because he can’t keep his cool and it costs his team in different ways.

    I’ll also say I’m sick of Pittsburgh getting white-knighted in this whole situation. Reality is they have been jacking up Bengals players and celebrating it for quite a long time. So when we see Burfict getting lit up in the media, it’s a mixed feeling. We agree, but then we look at the Steelers getting away with going over the line and want to disagree because it doesn’t seem equitable.

  54. Some NFL team pays me millions to be a bad, bad man, and throws a million extra on my contract to cover fines? I’m gonna do my job and be a bad. bad man, and pay my fines. I guess I could sell sneakers instead.

  55. Teams should stop talking about it and mete out their own brand of frontier justice. Aka chop block ?

  56. Love the Bengal fans whining and making up things like the “Steelers having been jacking up Bengal players”. Let’s be clear, Burfict has specifically intended to injure players. That’s not football.

  57. jocko1181 says:
    October 17, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    He’s obviously dirty, and anyone arguing otherwise is a fool. I’m a Bengals fan sick of him because he can’t keep his cool and it costs his team in different ways.

    I’ll also say I’m sick of Pittsburgh getting white-knighted in this whole situation. Reality is they have been jacking up Bengals players and celebrating it for quite a long time. So when we see Burfict getting lit up in the media, it’s a mixed feeling. We agree, but then we look at the Steelers getting away with going over the line and want to disagree because it doesn’t seem equitable.

    —-

    Exactly.

  58. JuJu’s hit on Burfict was not to the head. It was straight on and to the chest. It’s just the burfict wasn’t looking so he got blown up. Also, while burfict is down, he tried to hit JUJu in his groin. So his first instinct is to be dirty even when flat on his back.

    There’s also no comparison by showing single plays of other players. With Burfict it is about multiple dirty, intentional hits.

  59. Its OK to scramble another man’s brains, paralyze him or even kill him on the field SO LONG AS YOU FOLLOW THE RULES.

    I’m not sure I can do this anymore.

  60. The Steelers are a team with a culture for dirty hits:

    Mitchell, Shazier, Harrions, Kimo, Ward, Shuster, etc.

    Now that they have an opponent giving it back to them, they cry to the league. Another reason why I hate this team!

  61. You play silly games, you win silly prizes.

    The troubling part to me is, Mike Brown & Marvin Lewis are apparently (if not obviously) encouraging this activity on the field. Marvin could bench him. He doesn’t. Brown could cut ties, he doesn’t.

    Burfict targets Brown in every game. Viciously & NOT professionally and it’s now very clear intent to harm Brown professionally & physically.

    I pray for Burfict as a human being. But if Burfict was Josh Gordon burning joints = 2years banished from the sport. 30yrs for Brown not remembering his daughters’ names = $ fine via NFL.

    It’s strange to see what this league is perpetuating & involving into right before my eyes.

  62. So funny how blown up this is getting how many players have the steelers injured? Ita how they coached yet it was never a problem…if he played for the steelers no one would complain.

  63. The only thing keeps this moron out of jail is his helmet Bengals and uniform. How many chances do I ou give someone before you admit he’s a freakin’ sociopath?

  64. Instead of raging at the Steelers, why not go to the root of the problem: Burfict himself. No one from the Steelers wrote this article.

  65. It’s just like all laws in our society. If you get one DUI, they give you a second chance. If you get 15 DUI’s, they take your license away or put you in jail. Burfict is way beyond second chances. If the league doesn’t do anything about it, eventually someone is going to take out his knees. That’s not the best answer either, but the league is asleep at the wheel on this one. If Burfict puts someone in a wheelchair, nobody wins.

  66. What all of these Cincy fans don’t understand is that the Ward hit, the Juju hit were in the context of the rules. And those guys are on offense/ST blocking. Big difference from a defender out there looking to injure people. Shazier didn’t have a history of trying to injure folks. Burfict has a history of intentionally dirty hits. I understand Bengals fans will understand this about as well as they do winning a playoff game. Great write up Florio.

  67. Bottom of the thread… Only people still hanging on to thumb down are still waiting for Marvin to win a playoff game.

  68. If Burfict had done that anywhere else other than a NFL game he would have been arrested for aggravated assault and battery, mayhem , intent to do bodily harm and felony STUPID
    It’s just a matter of time before his cheap shot mentality cripples or kills somebody and then the NFL will be wide open to willful neglect litigation
    Once he finally leaves the NFL I have no doubt he will end up in prison

  69. It’s a network call. The league and the networks foster violence and enmity; blood is a revenue stream.

  70. Burfect has always been dirty and he will never change. The guy is just too stupid to be on the field. He only hurts his own team . Marvin Lewis defends him because his is an idiot too. The Bengals play better when he is on suspension. Cut him and move on. Burfect will be in prison within two years of leaving the game and then we can all forget about this ahole.

  71. The NFL has an on field self-correcting tendency. Imagine Ju Ju’s hit on Burfict done by a left tackle.

    Problem solved.

  72. So leaving your feet with a crack block to the back of the head is legal?
    —————————————————————–What all of these Cincy fans don’t understand is that the Ward hit, the Juju hit were in the context of the rules. And those guys are on offense/ST blocking. Big difference from a defender out there looking to injure people. Shazier didn’t have a history of trying to injure folks. Burfict has a history of intentionally dirty hits. I understand Bengals fans will understand this about as well as they do winning a playoff game. Great write up Florio.

  73. Gronk, exasperated at being held without any penalty all throughout the game, lost his cool and jumped the defender.
    He apologized afterward, admitted he was wrong. Didn’t do it before, hasn’t since.

    mentioning his name in the same breath as Burfick… is deeply wrong and unfair…

  74. Steelers players and steeler fans don’t like “hard nose football” when on the receiving end.

    I love Burfict and he is good for the nfl (vs Steelers).

  75. This didn’t just start. There’s an article about Burfict on how he was this way in H.S. He tried to take out Matt Barkley’s knees back then. When in College at ASU, he played 37 games and had 22 personal foul penalties. His college coach benched him multiple times trying to send him a message. In the pros, he went at the knees of his own RB, Geno Benard in practice, and started a brawl with his own teammates.

    Just look at the number of hits in that video PFT posted and though you might be able to say a few were merely boarderline, there were at least a dozen, that were way below the belt, launching with his helmet at a receiver, taking out players knees, punching a player in the junk, twisting the ankles of Cam Newton and Greg Olson who were listed on the injury report with ankle injuries. a lot of Burficts hits were against other teams.

    What are we waiting for? For him to take out Brady, Rogers, Brees, Mahomes? Why does it have to be one of the big QB’s being injured before the league acts? And why isn’t a premier player like AB granted the same protection as brady rogers or Brees? Why is the players association defending Burfict, and not protecting its other stars like AB, Cam Newton Greg Olson etc? If this where Suh or James Harrison every fan would be up in arms about how dirty they are.

    This isn’t a Steelers thing. Its not about players like Hines Ward, or Ryan Clark or James Harrison, having made similar hits. Those players were fined by the league and dealt with. This is an entire league thing with Burfict.

    This isn’t 1970 or even 1980 or 1990. Burficts act would make him a superstar in those decades. But that’s not the way the game is played any longer. Hard hits? sure. Head hunting, twisting ankles, going at knees? Doesn’t belong.

    The league is a making a mockery of the sport. Fine TJ watt for grazing matt ryan, ignore a forearm to the head of one of the top 3 receivers in the league. I also agree with Florio about Burfict telling JuJu youre next? While this seems mild on the surface this is akin to a player making a threat to injure. It wasn’t that long ago that with bounty gate the league was trying to stop players intentionally going after other players. Here you have Burfict hitting AB and forcing him out of the game and into concussion protocol, and Burfict looking at another player and saying you’re next. Hes not saying, “don’t come this way”, or “don’t even think about coming across the middle”, or “you cant run on me”, he is saying ‘You’re next” after he just knocked another player out of the game.

  76. Lions fan here…..Love what V.Burfict brings to the game , he often leads with his forearm , he can’t lead with his helmet , he can’t lead with his chest ……a shot to the head is disorienting, it does not have to be about causing a brain injury , when disoriented the ball can more easily be ripped out or dropped …..he plays hard and a little dirty , it’s all good in my book , a back hand tap to the groin that causes a player to shove him and be penalized means he did his job ….The game within the game . It’s football , lets keep it that way .

  77. “…claims that, after the blow to Brown’s head, Burfict pointed to receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and declared, “You’re next!””

    This is mild trash talking. NFL is not going to investigate mild trash talking or they would need a thousand investigators working full time.

  78. No disrespect, but this is crap. One of the things I looked forward to the most each season was Ryan Shazier and Vontaze Burfict led defenses facing off head to head. Sure Shazier paid the ultimate price, but as a fan I enjoyed nothing more than to watch on Sundays. Best part of the game. I need Burfict or I’m out.

    Yours truly,
    An OG football enthusiast who misses the game I cling to the memories of

  79. Ugh, bad night for spellcheck!The man absolutely needs to be banned from football permanently. Say what you want about JuJu taking Burfict down, but somehow seems like it’s a bit of poetic justice. Burfict is a repeat offender, not just against the Steelers, but his history of cheapshots has occurred against almost every team in the league. He won’t be satisfied until he permanently maims or kills someone.

    Me on the other hand, I subscribe to the philosophy of payback . . . and karma, and you know what they say about that . . . one day he’ll get his.

  80. Lifelong Bengals fan here. Burfict is an embarrassment to the organization. He definitely needs to go to the Raiders.

  81. Agreed, but some of those hits in that video wouldn’t have made the highlight reel for a different player. Not trying to defend Burfict-he tries to complain about being unfairly targeted every time he does something stupid. I do agree though that he needs to go, for a long time if not permanently. Even if you subtract all the excusable or iffy plays from the video, the thing would still be a few minutes long, and that should say enough.

  82. @bengal56
    You forgot the best one, and my personal favorite, which if you were a real fan it woulda been your first one…but 05-06 the #6 Steelers vs #3 Bengals in round one of the playoffs. Kimi Von Olhoffen rolled over and broke the league of Carson Palmer who that year was up for the League MVP award breaking it taking out Palmer at a time the Bengals were up and threatening to run away w the game. And the rest IS HISTORY as my Steelers Go on to beat #1 colts led by Manning and then in the AFCC defeating Jake Plummer and the 2nd seeded Broncos to eventually beat Matt Hasselbeck and again Alexander and the rest of the Seahawks in Superbowl 40 to become the first ,#6 seed to win a Superbowl. The Bengals meanwhile continue to be the bungles ,

  83. Goodell is more interested in going after people he doesn’t like (like Tom Brady, for instance) than he is bad guys in the NFL.
    Years ago, players like Burfict would be taken care of by other players. But they can’t do that anymore because the NFL would nail them.
    It’s like when you’re watching a game and a player gives another player a cheap shot and the player he did it too gets up and pushes him. Who gets the penalty? The guy who pushed the cheap shot artist. It’s stupid by the officials, but it happens all the time.

  84. No matter what anyone says, it’s no secret that Burfict is thought of as a cheap short artist by other players around the league.
    I think at the beginning of the new season the NFL should ask every player to fill out a list of the top 10 dirty players around the league and submit it to the league without signing it. They would then get a good handle on who the players are that need extra scrutiny for dirty plays during games.

  85. William Race says:
    October 17, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    Are forearm shives illegal?
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    Nope, just ask Gronk. They even let him use his elbow brace as a weapon.

  86. Mike, thanks for having the guts to say what many of us are saying about Burfict. What he does is not “clean hard football”. He is repeatedly and intentionally trying to take out other players. There is no justification for that. He has no sportsmanship. He has been fined, suspended, etc and he still does not get it. His own team and coach should be ashamed of themselves for putting this neanderthal on the field.

  87. all of the people complaining about burfict are in reality just jealous because he does’nt play for them and that is the bottom line.

  88. This isn’t a Steelers thing. Its not about players like Hines Ward, or Ryan Clark or James Harrison, having made similar hits. Those players were fined by the league and dealt with. This is an entire league thing with Burfict.
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    It IS a Steelers thing. They are a much dirtier team than the Bengals. You bring up 3 Steelers (it should be a lot more since you conveniently forget about Cody Wallace, Mike Mitchell and David DeCastro) having made similar hits and being fined/suspended yet you want to ignore that and complain about Burfict.

    Let’s not forget your precious quarterback diving at Emmanuel Ogbah’s ankles after an interception for no reason.

  89. He hit Brown with his shoulder. That hit was totally legal according to today’s NFL-Light rules. A few years ago Burfict would be filling NFL Films Big Hit Highlight films. Good hard nosed defensive player who sometimes goes too far. Some times but not this time.

  90. Burfict is Perfect.

    He exists because we want him to exist.
    He represents the playground Bully.
    He represents what tackle football has always represented – brute force.
    They are trying to change the game to “eliminate” that, so they say.
    But if we’re really honest, his play is the exact reason many people watch.
    And the exact reason we allow him to exist.

    Without the bully, we’ll have nothing to rise against.

  91. The play in question was nothing. Watched it several times. There is no forearm to the head. If the Bengals were to release Burfict, the Steelers would be first in line to claim him. They need a replacement for Shazier who was one of the cheap shot artists in the league. He speared everyone with his helmet. That is how he got hurt.

  92. I’m all for it. Burfict will never learn no matter how many times he is suspended or fined. If the league is serious about safety, ban him. Period.

  93. mibengal says:
    October 17, 2018 at 3:48 pm
    The hypocrisy of Steelers fans and players never surprises me. Burfict gets concussed by Ju JU Smith Shuster and Shuster celebrates it, says he never has to pay for drinks in bars because of it, makes a touchdown celebration put of it, and then is surprised Burfict points to him and says he’s next? Steeler’s players can gang up on Bengals players in Vegas (Joey Porter – Levi Jones), say the are going to “Paint” (Shoot) Burfict if they see him in public, but you never hear a word about it. Get off the soap box and at least stop whining.

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    And JuJu got suspended but Burflict isn’t. Do you see what’s wrong with this picture?

  94. Vontaze Burfict needs to go, for good
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    Welcome to the party, Florio. Many of us have been saying that for quite a while. He is a headhunter and not much else. His hits seem intended to harm and any tackle that happens as a result is just an unintended consequence. The NFL has been trying to legislate dirty hits like this for years and now that they have the poster-child for headhunting they just look the other way with mark the box actions. Enough is enough. Let’s not let the Bengals off the hook here. They keep putting him on the field time and again. Burfict has consistently done things that Lewis could have just called time-out, walked on the field took Burfict’s helmet and booted him off the team and he would have been justified in doing so. Goodell is clueless on discipline because he has no idea how it is supposed to work. He just wants to keep making the money roll in. Maybe when Burfict actually paralyzes or kills someone then Goodell and Marvin Lewis will finally get it.

  95. bengal56 says:
    October 17, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Wait…Pittsburgh has been pulling this crap with Cincinnati since 1992, and it’s acceptable? However, one player from Cincinnati does it back and he needs to go? Really! Vince Williams threatening to spray burfict with bullets is acceptable, Shazier lowering his head and putting Bernard out of a game is acceptable, Hines ward crack back block breaking Keith rivers jaw is acceptable, Mitchell constantly trying to injure AJ Green, Williams breaking the jaw of a punter with a cheap shot is okay, and so on! Burfict isn’t the only one…call it both ways…burfict has issues but so does Pittsburgh. Glass houses!

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    – I never saw anything about Vince Williams threatening Burfict, so I can’t comment on that.

    – The hit on Bernard, while not good form, was legal and a football play.

    – Hines Ward’s block on Keith Rivers was a football play.

    – I won’t defend Huber’s jaw being broken. That was just a cheap shot.

    – The couple Mike Mitchell hits on AJ Green I recall weren’t that bad.

    – The Smith-Schuster hit was a football play and was primarily shoulder to chest contact. A suspension for a first offense was ridiculous, especially compared to the other two plays that drew suspension’s that week: Gronkowski’s post-play forearm to the head and Iloka’s head-hunting Brown in the end zone. The worst part of Smith-Schuster’s actions was standing over Burfict, not the hit itself.

    In Burfict’s case, a lot of what he’s being criticized for ARE NOT football plays. The two similar hits to Brown aren’t football plays. They’re attempts to injure. Twisting people’s ankles after the play is trying to hurt someone. Again, not a football play. His hit on Anthony Sherman in the preseason was a cheap shot in a preseason game on a player not likely to be involved in the play. It’s very loosely a football play because he was an eligible receiver. This is why Burfict draws the attention he does. It’s like Suh a few years back. Things like stepping on people clearly have nothing to do with football and everything to do with trying to hurt people.

  96. Usually when a player is protected like this guy is, it’s because he’s a high-level talent. Burfict isn’t even a great linebacker. He’s good but not anywhere near elite. Why protect him so much, especially while claiming to be about player safety and concussion prevention? As with many things from the league office, it’s baffling.

  97. Dude is the dirtiest player since Hines Ward. He’s almost that dirty, but still has some ground to cover.

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