Playing well in Cincinnati, Vontaze Burfict thankful for Marvin Lewis
Posted by Michael David Smith on October 8, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT
Vontaze Burfict has turned out to be one of the pleasant surprises of this NFL season, an undrafted rookie who was widely regarded as a head case coming out of college but has now become a productive starter for the Bengals. And Burfict says Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is the biggest reason for his turnaround.
“It’s been a good journey, since I’ve been under Marvin Lewis’ wing,” Burfict said on XTRA in Phoenix, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “He took me in and he coaches me how I need to be coached. If I mess up twice on one play that he already told me about, he gets to me. He starts yelling at me. But that’s what I need. . . . I love being under his wing because he talks to me like I’m a grown man.”
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Not sure if Vontaze will continue to stay out of trouble but his play on the field has been good.
He went undrafted and so far the reward looks to be high for the Bengels. We really could have used a nasty ILB this year too.
We should have just took the risk on him.
I'm not crowning him at all though....in fact I'm sceptical about his off field issues...but lets see how the kid does the rest of the year.
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People don't change; they just develop whom they always were. Still, it's more accurate to say ADULTS don't change; kids are still undefined, with a lot of rough edges, and most rookies aren't much more than kids who can buy booze. I didn't realize he went undrafted, and that changes things, 'cos we need a Mike BADLY, and taking an undrafted player risks no more than one roster spot and the rookie minimum wage. It's still too soon to tell if he'll even be worth that much though.
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