When Vontaze Burfict was flagged for a personal foul against the Browns, he was felt that he was defending Vincent Rey. While most fans and even teammates are likely nodding in approval, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is growing openly frustrated with the 15-yard penalties, saying that "this is not the WWF."
We're not sure how the World Wildlife Fund enters into this, but we figure it's a comment that coaches have to say publicly.
Whitworth on Marvin saying Burfict needs to clean up the personal fouls: He needs to say that because he's the head coach (smile and wink).— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) November 18, 2013
Cincinnati has been called for 18 15-yard penalties -- 10 unnecessary roughness penalties, three 15-yard face mask fouls, two horse-collar tackles, two roughing the passer, and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. We're naturally assuming that Lewis is referring to the 10 unnecessary roughness and one unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.
Of the ten unnecessary roughness fouls, six belong to Burfict, who also leads the team with nine total penalties -- one more than Jermaine Gresham.