Steelers' Mike Mitchell Ranting About NFL Policing Hits Is Must

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 7, 2017

If you don't want to get injured, don't come out here. It's still very confusing whether a hit was "legal" or not and it's hard for defenders to know whether they will be flagged for hits that might cross the line.

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. We're playing full speed. Now, I don't have to wear heavy s--. "But then give me flags for us to pull off because then I know what we're playing". We're not doing that. "This is a man's game", Mitchell said. Before I got drafted, I had $368 to my bank account. It wasn't away from the ball, wasn't a hit on a kicker, a defenseless player, it was a guy getting ready to make a tackle; a much bigger football player. "I feel like I've got to ask a guy, 'Hey are you ready for me to hit you right now?' before I hit you, and that's insane", Mitchell said. "[Expletive], your quarterback shouldn't have thrown the ball messed up".

Mitchell said that happened two years ago on his hit on Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, eliciting a hefty fine. He was also hit for $48,000 for his Week 6 hit on Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West. Mitchell is paying attention to those who label him dirty.

"That's 50 grand out of my pocket because Andy [Dalton] throws a bad ball", he said. "And at first you're taking our money but now I've got a-holes like Matt Hasselbeck calling me a dirty player and trying my character and we've never met before". "I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than probably people on the Bengals, so don't give me that name". It makes no sense. My nephew goes to school there and I take all that personally. "You know what I'm saying?"

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

He kept it up on Wednesday in a locker room rant with the media defending himself and taking on all comers, including talking heads, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell and Bengals QB Andy Dalton. "We've just got to do better", Mitchell said. Don't judge me on what you see on football, because football's my competitive side.

"Fans, owners, players are all disappointed in Roger Goodell". I think we're all very well aware of the dangers of the game. There needs to be a set guideline on how we do what we do.

"I don't like to compare players and suspensions, things like that, but if you look at what Gronk did and what JuJu did and they got the same suspension - I don't know if that's necessarily fair", Roethlisberger said. There's no way I see two people get post-play infractions that don't have to do with football and you get the same suspension as the guy who's making a football play in a football game.

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