considered more than ever before. [Burfict] has fought a teammate and been suspended, made countless'>

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Burfict: Coaches messed me up

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08:08 AM ET 02.27 | Vontaze Burfict has been considered tough and talented and mean, but this week, he's being considered more than ever before. [Burfict] has fought a teammate and been suspended, made countless plays and intimidated opponents. Yet Burfict said he's not concerned with that ... and you shouldn't be either. "I just know that I'm the best linebacker in this draft," Burfict said. "I thought I played average last year, I should've played better. Coaches kinda messed me up. I didn't know if I was going to start a game, didn't know if I was going to be benched, it hurt me." ... He's a middle linebacker, and the Patriots don't have a need there. But if he could play inside and outside, it's worth a look.

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February 27, 2012  08:14 AM ET

I really don't think it helps your cause to blame the coaches for an average season.

February 27, 2012  08:15 AM ET

It's funny when some people are so detached from reality that they cannot see the truth.

February 27, 2012  08:16 AM ET

And don't even get him started on the waterboys. That Gatorade was far too warm.

February 27, 2012  08:24 AM ET

Burfict, as in perfect. Perfect idiot.

February 27, 2012  08:27 AM ET

Why is this news, now ?

February 27, 2012  08:38 AM ET

It's always someone else's fault...ask T.O.

February 27, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Defensive players with anger management issues will still be available on Day 2 or 3. And having such issues at all isn't going to get you picked by Team Hoodie.

February 27, 2012  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Defensive players with anger management issues will still be available on Day 2 or 3. And having such issues at all isn't going to get you picked by Team Hoodie.

You do need some pass rush DD.

February 27, 2012  09:12 AM ET

I would get a couple of urine samples from this guy before the draft.

February 27, 2012  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You do need some pass rush DD.

We do, but ILB is one place we're solid. And building a defense around a guy who might get himself suspended by Goody-Goody Goodell for playing football the way it's meant to be played is risky business.

February 27, 2012  09:25 AM ET

character issues = not on Pats radar.

February 27, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Character content is important, young man.

And if you are going to decide that ripping your coaches is a good idea, let's just say you character is now officially in question.

February 27, 2012  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

character issues = not on Pats radar.

That used to be a given, but after last year with Ocho and Fat Albert, who knows anymore?

Of course, after last year with Ocho and Fat Albert, maybe they learned their lesson.

February 27, 2012  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

character issues = not on Pats radar.

In the right lockeroom though
But inside linebacker wouldn't really be a need ...but who knows with the way Belichick drafts

February 27, 2012  10:20 AM ET

I suppose "Coaches messed me up" is better than "Priests messed me up."

February 27, 2012  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I suppose "Coaches messed me up" is better than "Priests messed me up."

Isn't it the same thing at Penn State?





Slap.. Slap.. Slapping sound.

February 27, 2012  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Isn't it the same thing at Penn State? Slap.. Slap.. Slapping sound.

Ooooh, cruel. Cruel, but fair. And funny in its own way.

February 27, 2012  10:56 AM ET

Pointing Fingers Already? That's the first requirement for becoming a NY Jet!!!

February 27, 2012  11:22 AM ET

Glad to see Burfict has taken care of his maturity issues.

 
February 27, 2012  11:40 AM ET

So this guy has been nothing but a butthead all year and now is his chance to show the NFL that he's not a butthead and what does he do? Blame the coaches. I'm sure it's their fault he committed all those personal fouls too. "Well, I was angry on the field because the coaches made me angry so it's their fault I committed those personal fouls" This guy had red flags because of character issues before the combine and I think his moronic comments only served to cement those character issues. He may be lucky to get drafted and if he does get drafted, I don't feel sorry for the team that will have to deal with his headaches--that is, when he's not in jail. Someone hit the nail on the head--this guy is a perfect pick for the Jets.

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