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.
Mitchell - who himself has been fined four times for unsafe hits and taunting - was referring to the Monday Night Football fiasco in which Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati's George Iloka were handed one-game suspensions for separate hits on opposing players. On Tuesday Mitchell went on a Twitter rant about the National Football League giving Schuster the same punishment as New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski for his cheap shot on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White. "At the end of the day, this is FOOT-BALL". Danny Trevathan, Mike Evans, Aqib Talib, Michael Crabtree and Smith-Schuster have all received one-game bans this season for various head shots. You never see us get to line somebody up in a hole like a linebacker.
"This is football. If you want to see flag football then let's take our pads off". You can't. It's just the risk of playing football. You have to know the risk when you sign up. But give us flags for me to pull off, because that way 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". He said that a $50,000 fine from two years ago resulted from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throwing a "bad ball" to tight end Tyler Eifert.More news: Brussels to sue Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic over asylum seekers
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"That's what we would always say, the players on that Steelers team who voted "no" were players who could talk about the CBA without being hypocritical", Batch said. But, you know, I thought what happened - the play that happened - happened in the context of a football play. I signed up to play full speed, contact football. I donate more money to Cincinnati to underprivileged kids than probably the people on the Bengals. "Make that make sense", said Mitchell of the 2015 play.
Mitchell also called for a change in leadership. "There's just so much going on in the game right now". "We've just got to do better", Mitchell said.
Jones had said he did not feel the committee understood his demand that all owners have a voice in approving the terms of Goodell's extension. "There needs to be a set guideline on how we do what we do". "I get the league having player safety that's fine but don't tell me those are the same offense". "It's absolutely absurd. But like I said, it's Steelers vs the world". 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.