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


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.

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. There's no way - I see two people get post-play penalties, post-play infractions that don't have to do with football and you get the same suspension as a guy who is making a football play in a football game. "There's 99.9 percent injury rate in this game". You know what I'm saying? You can't. It's just the risk of playing football. But if you don't want to get injured, don't come out here.

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.

So the National Football League can talk about player safety, the National Football League change the rules, but it's impossible to remove all violence from a violent game - particularly when illegal plays are rewarded.

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Bengals safety George Iloka were both fined and suspended for hits in the game. No one wants to have head injuries. Smith-Schuster was not ejected.

"We've been very consistent", executive vice president of operations Troy Vincent said during a conference call Wednesday. "At the end of the day, this is FOOT-BALL". You go do that. So this whole "trying to take away my football, ' it's nonsensical". I'd start with no hitting until high school. That cuts down of cumulative effect of concussions.

Why did Gronk drive his forearm into the back of White's head?

Gronkowski dropped an elbow to the back of Tre'Davious White's head as White was lying on the ground after the whistle in Sunday's Patriots-Bills matchup.

But on Monday, a group of players knelt on the field for a different reason. Smith-Schuster's block on Burfict happened during a play. "But there was a good amount of things bothering me in this past offseason, most mentally". The lack of consistency from the National Football League has been baffling, and it has led to frustration and perhaps has made the on-field play worse. "Think about what you ask us to do".

"For them to come out and speak the way they're speaking is just the dumbest thing I've ever heard", he told the Daily News Thursday. We don't want a player hit with an illegal hit, then stood over. "I thought a fine, a pretty steep fine, something like that". We gotta get better leadership as who's running the league, because obviously everybody, from fans, owners, players are all disappointed in Roger Goodell.

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers safety took to Twitter to rail on the National Football League for suspending Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (a suspension that was overturned) during Monday's NFC North matchup that has drawn widespread criticism for what many deemed excessive violence and dirty play. Smith-Schuster's was not. That really got Mitchell mad.

"What JuJu did was definitely over the line", Dunlap said. I don't think there's any way it can be eliminated.

The NFL seemed to agree.

Iloka's ban has since been reduced to a fine. It's absolutely absurd. But like I said, man, Steelers versus the world. The NFL is much less violent than it was in the past.

The hit drew a fine from the National Football League, but it was dropped upon appeal.

The difference is players are bigger and faster.

Why did Schuster have to practically decapitate Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict?

A lot more is know about the effect of concussions long-term. "I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than probably the people on the Bengals". Ray Lewis said that a couple of years ago.

That may sound reckless to you and me, but to players, it's part of the job.