After the game, Pittsburgh's Mike Mitchell ranted that the NFL might as well change the game to flag football if players aren't allowed to dish out hard hits. His outburst came after many criticized the violent nature of Monday night's AFC North battle between his Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals-which resulted in two players being carted off the field, along with multiple fines and suspensions. 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.
Let the debate begin. But, you know, I thought what happened - the play that happened - happened in the context of a football play. If you don't want to be a little kid and get your ass hit, don't come out here.
"It's not that I don't think they realize the dangers of the game".
Mitchell strongly disagrees that Gronkowski deserves the same suspension as Smith-Schuster, who was making a football play. How the NFL and lower levels of football evolve, or don't, will determine if the game continues to thrive or becomes a sport, much like boxing, that younger generations don't want to play or watch. Before I was drafted, I had $368 in my bank account. Some players have been fined, some have been suspended, some are still in concussion protocol.
"They go to their locker rooms, they go to their meeting rooms and their players are praising them, their coaches are praising them, but their check, their wallets are being deducted thousands of dollars for doing what we learned how to do to come into this game". "It's for grown men".
"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. "You know what I'm saying?" We're playing full speed. At the end of the day this is Foot-Ball. Does Mike Mitchell make a good point? Smith-Schuster's was not. That really got Mitchell mad. 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. And you call me a repeat offender? "There's just so much going on in the game right now". According to the New York Times' Ken Belson, the deal is worth up to $200 million if Goodell meets financial goals and incentives. We gotta get better leadership as who's running the league, because obviously everybody, from fans, owners, players are all disappointed in Roger Goodell. "We can't have a guy where you just hand out discipline how you see fit. There needs to be a set of guidelines".
"I don't like to compare players and suspensions, things like that, but if you look at what Gronk did and what JuJu did and they got the same suspension - I don't know if that's necessarily fair", Roethlisberger said. You never see us get to line somebody up in a hole like a linebacker.