Mike Mitchell vents to the National Football League after slew of penalties, suspensions

Mike Mitchell vents to the National Football League after slew of penalties, suspensions

The Steelers free safety was echoing comments he had already made on Twitter in defense of friend and then-suspended Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka.

After the game, Pittsburgh's Mike Mitchell ranted that the NFL might as well change the game to flag football if players aren't allowed to dish out hard hits.

"They go to their locker rooms, they go to their meeting rooms and their players are praising them, their coaches are praising them, but their check, their wallets are being deducted thousands of dollars for doing what we learned how to do to come into this game". "We've got to get better leadership as who's running the league".

While we all can rally around Mitchell's sentiment it is not what the National Football League wants and it is not what many fans want.

Mitchell's frustration likely stems from the one-game suspension handed down to Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for his hit on Bengals linebacker/cheap-shot artist Vontze Burfict. However, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier collided with Cincinnati Bengals receiver Josh Malone, resulting in a scary injury for Shazier.

Both White and Burfict were concussed.


The league has notably taken precautions in recent years to help protect their players, however, the rules are mostly favored for those on offense.

"Smith-Schuster tweeted that he appreciated the love". They don't know what's a good hit no more. And nearly every team in the league voted to approve it. The hard-hitting safety twisted running back Charcadrick West's ankle at the end of a play two weeks ago and went after Alex Smith's legs.

Former Steelers backup quarterback Charlie Batch told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2015 that players voted against the CBA because they were concerned about the scope of the personal conduct policy.

Umenyiora, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants, has seen the evidence, and when studies show 110 of 111 brains of dead NFL players were bruised with CTE, he thinks the days of wondering if football could be hazardous to your health are over. "I feel like I gotta ask a guy, 'Hey, are you ready for me to hit you right now?' before I hit you". "You hit them in the pocket and in that way money always talks".

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

As it stands now, the NFL has sweeping authority to issue discipline for anything Goodell decides is "conduct detrimental to the league".

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