Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis: Talking about Vontaze Burfict ‘not relevant’
The questions came about Vontaze Burfict. Marvin Lewis was uninterested in the discussion.
In an NFL environment where everyone is talking about the Cincinnati Bengals' controversial linebacker, the head coach didn’t want to be the latest.
Lewis was asked at his Wednesday press conference how Burfict has played coming back from suspension and offered a one-sentence summation: “He’s not playing as well as he has in the past.”
When the follow-ups came, they all were rebuffed.
“I don’t want to talk about Vontaze,” he said. “It’s not relevant.”
This backs up the stance Lewis took on Burfict when asked about his hit to Antonio Brown in the aftermath of the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The linebacker lived in the national conversation as many called for the league to be harsher on Burfict than they were laying down a fine of $112K, by far the largest for a non-suspension in his career.
Analysts even suggested the Bengals be fined, while the front office took issue with the entire conversation, believing none of the punishments levied were good for the game or the correct move by the NFL.
“Everybody makes comments on everything No. 55 does," Lewis said then. "They don’t comment on anything anybody else does. Let’s just leave it at that.”
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