Mitchell - who himself has been fined four times for risky 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. That would make it easier for me, because I don't gotta wear heavy (expletive, ) but give us flags because then I know what we're playing.
"Hand us all some flags, hand us some flags and let us go out there and try to grab the flags off", Mitchell said.
But he said, "I feel like I gotta ask a guy, hey, are you ready for me to hit you right now?" "We've got to get better leadership as who's running the league". Don't judge me on what you see on football, because football's my competitive side.
"When you think about what they're doing to defenders... defenders now don't have a clue how to play football anymore".
"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".
At his locker today, Mitchell called for the NFL to change to flag football if the league was going to punish every hit, and complained that there's nothing he can do about quarterbacks who throw bad passes and put their receivers in danger. "Dammit, your quarterback shouldn't have thrown the ball messed up". Andy Dalton threw a ball to Tyler Eifert two years ago. It makes no sense. I donate more money to Cincinnati to underprivileged kids than probably the people on the Bengals. So don't give me that name.
"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. "Now we'll get to focus on the real issues". There needs to be a set guideline on how we do what we do.
"It's the stupidest thing in the world", center Maurkice Pouncey said. You have to know the risk when you sign up. Except the Hasselbeck thing anyway - he was mad that Hasselbeck said his hit on Alex Smith was dirty, but the league did fine Mitchell nearly $50,000 for the hit and Smith was pretty mad about it. Let's not try to turn football into a unsafe, barbaric game. Lumped together, one of the three suspensions was not like the other (the Gronk one), yet they all warranted the same discipline. And the National Football League said Wednesday that they did not consider his post-play taunting of Burfict as a factor in his discipline, according to the AP's Will Graves. Both players were given one-game suspensions and a notch off their reputation belt.