Colts’ Frank Reich reacts to Vontaze Burfict’s hit on Jack Doyle
Colts coach Frank Reich called Vontaze Burfict's helmet-to-helmet hit on Jack Doyle "vicious, a pretty vicious hit." Adds: "Thankful that the league took the action it did … the suspension seems very appropriate."
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) September 30, 2019
On the play, Jacoby Brissett threw a low pass to his reliable tight end. As Doyle was reaching down and bringing the ball to his body, Burfict lowered his head and made a dirty helmet-to-helmet hit.
Following the play, Burfict was flagged for unnecessary roughness and was ejected from the game. The NFL has also since suspended the troubled linebacker for the remainder of the season.
The thing is, if it was anyone else (maybe besides Ndamukong Suh), the NFL wouldn’t have taken extreme measures to suspend the player. But in this specific situation, we are speaking about a player who has a long list of dirty plays in his NFL career.
Vontaze Burfict’s resume: pic.twitter.com/1h2z6huVyl
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) September 30, 2019
Since 2013, Burfict has continually shown that he has no regard for the safety rules that have been put in place by the NFL. In his entire career, the Raiders linebacker has received a total of $461,244 in fines. Along with that, he has been suspended for six games for making unnecessary hits on defenseless players.
The most surprising aspect of this hit was that Burfict was legitimately voted as a team captain in Oakland. Now, he’ll be suspended for the third time in his career for delivering an unnecessary hit. Only this time, it will last until next season.
As Reich stated, the suspension for Burfict is absolutely warranted; especially considering his previous egregious acts on the field.