Many people are not very big fans of Vontaze Burfict, but the Bengals news linebacker’s coach Jim Haslett does not feel the same way. A matter of fact, Haslett a former NFL linebacker himself loves Burfict’s play making ability.
“He’s got great instincts. I understand he’s very, very smart,” said Bengals aide Jim Haslett, per the team’s official website. “He’s very powerful. He’s one of the best tacklers I’ve seen in a long time. Just watching tape and not having met him yet, he’s one of the top linebackers in the National Football League.”
Burfict’s hit on Pittsburgh wideout Antonio Brown was one of the main problems that knocked the Bengals out the playoffs. Haslett does not seemed very moved about those plays. He is still a fan.
“The stuff off the field, I think that comes with age. He’ll grow out of some of those things,” Haslett said of Burfict. “… I know things get blown up. From what I’ve seen on the field, he’s dynamic and I really like him. He’s smart, instinctive and a heck of a player. I hope I can do whatever I can to help him out and make him better.”