Steelers safety Mike Mitchell is among the frustrated, and he vented loudly on Wednesday regarding the situation. 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.
I agree with Mitchell that the National Football League has to do a much better job of determining what infractions are suspendable and let the players know the ramifications of such actions.
While some find Mitchell's point of view and brand of football draconian and risky, 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. He's 4.4-4.3 speed. Aim that.
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The NFL commissioner signed a five-year contract extension on Wednesday, worth about $40 million annually, according to reports. Some players don't play the game just to make big hits - if you've seen Mitchell play, you know he'll gladly give up the chance to help his team in order to inflict punishment on an opposing player - some play because they love the strategy and competition. If you want to see flag football, then let's take our pads off. That would make it easier for me. "And that's insane. I'm gonna mess around and get hurt trying to protect an offensive player because he's running an over route". If you don't want to be a little kid and get your a- hit, don't come out here. Dammit, your quarterback shouldn't have thrown that ball messed up. Most recently, he was fined twice for illegal hits during the Steelers' Week 6 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. "But from the players' standpoint, I just don't understand what they're doing, what they're talking about, because the evidence is there", he added.
Mitchell, who is in his ninth year as a pro, referenced his hit two years ago on Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert. Because Andy throws a bad ball. I donate more money to Cincinnati to underprivileged kids than probably the people on the Bengals. My nephew goes to school there and I take all that personally. Smith-Schuster's was not. That really got Mitchell mad. "You know what I'm saying?"
"Fans, owners, players are all disappointed in Roger Goodell". 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. For people watching, I think human beings have a propensity to like violence. But, you know, I thought what happened - the play that happened - happened in the context of a football play. Mitchell is one of the most gray-area players in the National Football League so it only makes sense he would defend the actions of the guys who cross the line. It's absolutely absurd. But like I said, man, Steelers versus the world.