Mike Mitchell: Pittsburgh Steelers defender wants Roger Goodell fired

Ross Houston
December 7, 2017

While Mitchell can quibble about the league equating Gronkowski's late hit to Smith-Schuster's block, this is one area in which the NFL's discipline actually appears to be rather consistent.

And Bengals safety George Iloka was benched for a game after a helmet-to-helmet hit in the end zone on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown shortly after the Smith-Schuester hit. He compared the hit to the one delivered in Week 14 by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

"Hand us all some flags and we'll go out there and try to grab the flags off", Mitchell said in the aftermath of Monday night's violent Steelers-Bengals clash that produced more than 200 yards in penalties and two players stretchered off the field.

JuJu Smith-Schuster (No. 19) picked up a one-game suspension for his high hit on Vontaze Burfict.

Roger Goodell signed a five-year extension Wednesday to remain commissioner of the NFL.

League official Troy Vincent told reporters Wednesday that the NFL might adopt college football's targeting rule that ejects players for egregious hits. You want the collisions, you want all those things. "Think about what you ask us to do", Mitchell said. If you don't want to get injured then don't come out here. 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. You don't know me, you've never had a conversation with me. But give me flags to pull off so I know what we're playing. "I feel like I gotta ask an offensive player, 'Is it OK for me to hit you right now before I hit you?' And that's insane". The two fines totaled almost $60,000.

"We gotta do better as players when we sign the next CBA".

Earlier in the week, Mitchell specifically called out Gronkowski on Twitter. He's a Standup guy just a hard nosed no bs player. "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. Make that make sense", said Mitchell of the 2015 play. I donate more money to Cincinnati to underprivileged kids than probably the people on the Bengals. "We've just got to do better", Mitchell said.

"Obviously everybody from fans, players, owners, are all disappointed in Roger Gooddell", he said. "There needs to be a set guideline on how we do what we do". Without it, players won't know where the line is between a fine and a suspension. Audio also includes Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.

"There's so much beauty and so much aggression and physical nature of the game without hitting people in their head", Umenyiora said.

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