There was screaming about dirty play, there are questions about the NFL's handling of in-game penalties and ejections and just a lot of vitriol spilling over into the general conversation. And you're complaining because the league is taking steps to at least try and reduce it. "Make it flag football". The NFL reversed Iloka's suspension upon appeal but upheld Smith-Schuster's ban. If you don't want to get injured, don't come out here.
Legendary Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said Thursday on Undisputed that due to the threat of fines and suspensions for the type of hits that coaches would celebrate, defenders don't know how to play anymore within the rules. Now, I don't have to wear heavy [expletive].
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. That's insane. I'm going to mess around and get hurt trying to protect an offensive player because he's running an over route. Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday the suspension was not fair because it equated what the rookie receiver did to what Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did Sunday.
The current CBA gives the league power to hand these two players the exact same sentence just because they feel like it. 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. "It's a football play, and however the hits comes, it comes". The object is not let the guy catch the ball, so whatever I got to do for you not to catch the ball on me, I feel like that's what I got to do.
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"This ain't football", Mitchell said.
He saved his sharpest barb for ESPN analyst and former NFL QB Matt Hasselbeck for calling him a dirty player. Dammit, your quarterback shouldn't have thrown that ball messed up. Most recently, he was fined twice for illegal hits during the Steelers' Week 6 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs.
"That's 50 grand out of my pocket because Andy [Dalton] throws a bad ball", he said. Make that make sense. I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than probably people on the Bengals. My nephew goes to school there and I take all that personally. And you call me a repeat offender? "There's just so much going on in the game right now". "There needs to be a set guideline on how we do what we do". 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. Audio also includes Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.