Greg Olsen on Vontaze Burfict: “The Punishment Needs to Go Beyond a Fine”

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Panthers TE Greg Olsen on Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict’s ankle twisting:

“It’s pretty obvious that’s not what this league is all about. You understand that sometimes there’s penalties and guys kind of go above and beyond the lines with some hits, and helmet-to-helmet. That’s all in the flow of the game, and it’s hard to avoid at times. But I think instances like that, that are so clearly premeditated that he had in his mind if those opportunities, that he was going to try to attack not only guys’ legs, but guys who were coming off ankle problems specifically, there’s no room for it. I think the punishment needs to go beyond a fine. Guys like that don’t learn from that stuff. He’s been fined 100 times for head hunting, and he did it to Kelvin again. You watch the film, that’s just what he is. At some point, if the NFL wants to really say they care about guys’ safety, they have to start putting guys out for weeks cause me and Cam are lucky we weren’t out for weeks. Or Kelvin’s out for weeks. If you’re going to start putting guys on other teams out, then the ramifications need to equal that.”

Is he a dirty player?

“He’s a hard-nosed player. His style of game is what he is. It’s why he knocks himself out half the time.”

Did he target your specific ankle?

“Nah, he didn’t know which leg he had.”

Did he get the right one?

“No, he didn’t. He got the other one, thankfully. If he got the other one, it would’ve been tough because he was cranking on them. The videos are pretty tough. We’ve all seen them.”

A lot of times guys do stuff at the bottom of the pile, and stuff like that. So this was different?

“I think it is different. Listen, I get it. There’s things that people want to say are dirty, and it’s not. Football is a high-speed game and things happen. Helmet-to-helmet collisions, late hits, tackled out of bounds. In the heat of the moment, stuff like that happens. But I think, when the play’s over, two players are laying in the end zone, and you happen to have their legs, and you start cranking. I just think that’s a whole different animal.

Did you say anything to him?

“I’m not going to let what he does affect me. I don’t lose any sleep over guys like that,” … “We scored 37 points,” … “I’m not a big trash, get back guy. He got penalized for the hit on Kelvin. I’m not the punishment handout guy. The league says they care about player safety. We’ll find out what they really think.”

Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery on Burfict:

“Guys over there say that’s part of his game —talking trash and saying a bunch of things — so good for him, I guess.”

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera:

“Like I do every week, I’ll watch the tape. Things that I think are questionable, or need to be scrutinized by the league, I’ll list them and send them in,” … “Once I do that, it becomes a league issue,” … “I’m going to send in the plays that I think need to be sent in and looked at.”

Do you think there’s a place for what he did in the game?

“There’s no place in the game for players doing extra stuff. If that’s what the league sees when I send in the tapes, then so be it.”

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  • alfitzpatrick07

    BlackBlueReview omg the one liner at the end … U0001f602U0001f602U0001f61cU0001f602 Olsen is a class act, for him to speak out speaks volumes. TFS this one.

  • bestsportnascar

    BlackBlueReview Bahahaha The last line is gold. “That’s just what he is, that’s why he knocks himself out half the time.”

  • MarkACarpenter

    BlackBlueReview The last line in Olsen’s video is hilarious. He is right though.

  • boschpoint0

    BlackBlueReview Great clip!

  • Asalah8877

    bestsportnascar CarolinaAbbie BlackBlueReview thank you

  • TravisAultman

    BlackBlueReview has Luke said anything about it? I know those two are friends. Curious to what he has to say

  • BlackBlueReview

    TravisAultman highly unlikely he’d say much

  • RyanConners

    I think Burfict was wrong doing what he did and I am a Bengals fan. But I also think the O-linemen who ripped the helmet off of Gilberry was just as wrong as Burfict and his action caused injury and could have crippled Gilberry… Greg Olsen what do you say about that?  The video revels intent there too!

  • SoulCitySigma

    Once again a beautiful job by Voth of providing us with the full transcript. I used to be a reporter so I know the need for keeping things concise when you have limited space or time. But when you have an online medium, it’s good to make the entirety available to the users. You sir are the best thing that has happened to Panthers coverage in a very long time, and I really mean that.

  • SoulCitySigma

    RyanConners One bad play definitely does not deserve another. This o-line isn’t really winning over Panthers fans right now, I assure you.

  • cbdellinger

    BlackBlueReview My guess (hope) is that they didnt see it. Looks like it. And Cam didnt do anything to alert them to it.

  • StevenFeezor

    BlackBlueReview Avant looking to sideline, Reaves already past Burfict when it happens and you can’t see where Chandler is looking.

  • billvoth

    SoulCitySigma appreciate that. yeah, no space restrictions or old-school thinking here, so trying to be as transparent as possible.

  • my1voice57

    RyanConners – Curious as to who the Panthers O-lineman is that you’re referring to.

  • jeremysaunt

    You haven’t seen anything. Compare this to what the Steeler’s do to people over and over. Now that’s premeditated.