Marvin Lewis has jumped to the defense of linebacker Vontaze Burfict following a massive $75,000 fine levied against him for his actions in Week 6. The Cincinnati Bengals head coach said he believes Burfict was only fined because of his reputation. Actually Marvin, he was fined for clearly stomping on the legs of New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, and by defending Burfict, you’re only enabling him.
Here’s video of what Burfict did to Blount:
In that video you can clearly see Burfict look down and deliberately step on both of Blount’s legs. Here’s what Lewis had to say in defense of his linebacker:
“I don’t think he did anything wrong. We were not in the wrong here, in my opinion. It’s unfortunate. That’s what I’ve told people, stood on, and will continue to stand on.
“I don’t think he meant to do anything. I’ve been through it back and forth. I see him trying to step through (the pile of players) and going to help the teammate who has a hand of another player on his facemask, pushing him in the face. That’s what he’s trying to get to.”
I’m sorry, but that’s absolute garbage. Burfict is a dirty player, we all know it. He consistently crosses the line and breaks the rules. He has absolutely zero regard for the health of opponents. If his own head coach is fine with that, then he’s going to continue to act that way.
There is no excuse for the way Burfict plays the game. He’s a wildly talented player who could be an All-Pro if he played the game the right way. As it is, he was suspended to open the season and already took a cheap shot at Martellus Bennett’s knee and stomped on Blount. It’s only a matter of time until he seriously injures someone again.
Burfict is never going to learn or change if the Bengals keep enabling him. Lewis shouldn’t be defending the indefensible.