Vontaze Burfict's bum rap

Bengals LB has rewarded the coach who was willing to look past his flaws

Originally Published: January 3, 2013
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has gambled on a few notable players in his 10 years with the franchise, and some of those gambles have blown up in his face. Rookie linebacker Vontaze Burfict isn't one of them. He's gone from undraftable punch line to his team's leading tackler, and he did it while hardly anybody outside Cincinnati was paying attention. He accomplished those things for one simple reason -- his head coach saw something nobody else noticed.

The lesson today ...

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