Imperfect and Irreplaceable: The Vontaze Burfict Conundrum

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Oct 16, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) argues with Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) after the during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) argues with Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) after the during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports /
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Vontaze Burfict
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If the self-centered and dirty play continues, his season and career may come to another early end.  With or without him, the Bengals still have a chance to make a Playoff run.

Ben Roethlisberger is hurt, the Browns are awful and the Ravens don’t know who they are yet.  Consequently, the Bengals have plenty of chances to either win the AFC North or be a Wild Card contender once again.  Regardless of the schedule, the Bengals have a great offense and a defense that has yet to truly hit their stride.  The major players and coaches on this team have been through the playoff push before and won’t be intimated by the task.

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Marvin Lewis
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No one knows what Bengals ownership and management will do but Marvin Lewis could be coaching for his job.

The Vontaze situation is truly a difficult decision for a team and a coach in a delicate situation.  No matter the talent, the actions of Burfict cannot be defended or supported.  In the same light, linebackers with All-Pro abilities don’t just grow in the Jungle.  However, this season turns out the Bengals must also choose who they will be.  Will they tolerate a player like him or will they take a stand?

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