Former Bengals and Patriots defensive back Artrell Hawkins compared Burfict to a man who will one day be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
"“If Vontaze Burfict cut his hair and got a dance, they’d be calling him Ray Lewis,” Hawkins says. “He’s super-duper smart. He shows up. He’s instinctive. He’s faster than you think. I’d like to see him make some more splash plays, but who’s a better playmaker on this defense? Vontaze is always around the ball.”"
Bengals play-by-play man Dave Lapham also believes Burfict is a game-changer at a position the Bengals have had since Marvin Lewis took over:
"“Tez has a very big football I.Q.,” Lapham says. “He doesn’t have the tunnel vision on what he’s supposed to see. He sees it all. Tez understands the defensive front. He understands the linebackers fitting into safeties and corners. He sees the big picture. You saw that when he came in playing the middle last year as a rookie and stepped in and played WILL or the first time and he did it so well and so quickly.”"
Linebackers coach Paul Guenther says Burfict is very instinctive and is going to be in the right spot on every snap:
"“Not many guys can come off the field and tell you what happened,” Guenther says. “You come into the meeting room on Monday and it’s exactly what he told you. It’s great having a guy like that. He doesn’t panic.”"