My first reaction to Vontaze Burfict's media interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine was: "Wow, he really does have a voice."
My second reaction? So this is why former coach Dennis Erickson and the Arizona State media relations staff didnt force Burfict to speak to us.
In that short span in Indianapolis, Burfict managed to:
Throw his former coaches under the bus when he said: "The coaches kind of messed me up. I didn't know if I would start a game or be benched."
Admitted he could have played better last season.
Wondered aloud why he was painted as the bad guy in his infamous punching incident with teammate Kevin Ozier "because my first instinct was to swing on the guy."
Lets be clear: Im not one of those guys who believes players need to speak to the media. Burfict was a college student. If he had an aversion to interviews, so be it. But its crystal clear now that he would have benefited from some time in front of mics, cameras and digital recorders. I can only imagine how...