Steelers safety Mike Mitchell rips National Football League for officiating on hard hits

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell rips National Football League for officiating on hard hits

However, it is a new day in the NFL.

Mitchell - who himself has been fined four times for unsafe hits and taunting - was referring to the Monday Night Football fiasco in which Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati's George Iloka were handed one-game suspensions for separate hits on opposing players. If a ball is in the air and the man jumps and a man ducks his head, how do you want me to readjust my body? Specifically, Mitchell took specific issue with Cincinnati's George Iloka and Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster receiving the same on-game suspension that New England's Rob Gronkowski did, given that Iloka and Smith-Schuster's hits came during a play while Gronkowski's was made in frustration after a play was already completed. "Hand us all some flags and we'll go out there and try to grab the flags off", Mitchell said, via ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "That's football. This ain't football". He also played with so little respect for opponents that Tatum is best known for paralyzing Darryl Stingley with one of those astonishing hits during a preseason game.

While some find Mitchell's point of view and brand of football draconian and unsafe, he gives voice to others who feel the game is under attack and that the violence on the field is a necessary part of the sport that participants have signed up for.

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell said the NFL is becoming more like flag football.

"But let's not try to turn football into a risky, barbaric game".

Although former NFL player Jon Runyan handed out the one-game suspension to Smith-Schuster, Foster said Goodell remains the league's enforcer. "I don't understand it". On the other side, some NFL players have expressed frustration with what they perceive as a lack of consistency in the league's punishments. On Sunday, after a play, Gronkowski used a heavily padded elbow to drive a blow into the back of the head of Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White, resulting in a concussion. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier still is in a hospital with a serious back injury suffered during Monday's insanely dirty Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals game.

Yes, there are inconsistencies and holes in the NFL's enforcement of these rules.

The league has notably taken precautions in recent years to help protect their players, however, the rules are mostly favored for those on offense. Players, he said, should be the ones championing these reforms the loudest.

"I didn't think it was warranted", Roethlisberger told reporters. "Think about what you ask us to do".

If players want that to change with the next CBA, they're going to have to prepare to miss some games.

"I understand that, from the fans' perspective". "I thought a fine, a pretty steep fine, something like that". "We've got to get better leadership as who's running the league". "You have to know what the risk is when you sign up". Smith-Schuster's block on Burfict happened during a play. I signed up to play full-speed, contact football, and we're not doing that. There should be no doubt, he said.

Mitchell strongly disagrees that Gronkowski deserves the same suspension as Smith-Schuster, who was making a football play.

"My comment wasn't necessarily even about Mike Mitchell". "You wanna see flag football, then let's take our pads off. What are you talking about?" The NFL is the last bastion of masculinity? He said there will still be crashes and collisions, but if you're wearing a seat belt, "you aren't going to die".

"Just hand us all some flags". "For people to be against that in any form or fashion, the players especially, is just stupid".

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