Steelers Safety Mike Mitchell Unloads on NFL Discipline Procedure, Roger Goodell

Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell is not happy with the state of football. More

Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell is not happy with the state of football. More

The Steelers safety stood in front of his locker and went on a two-minute (give or take) rant that touched on just about everything relating to football and the questions people ask about the play during the Monday night game.

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers safety took to Twitter to rail on the National Football League for suspending Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (a suspension that was overturned) during Monday's NFC North matchup that has drawn widespread criticism for what many deemed excessive violence and dirty play.

"We've got to do better as players when we sign the next CBA", Mitchell said, referring to the collective bargaining agreement that runs through the 2020 season.

While some find Mitchell's point of view and brand of football draconian and risky, he gives voice to others who feel the game is under attack and that the violence on the field is a necessary part of the sport that participants have signed up for.

Let the debate begin. I feel like I gotta ask a guy 'hey are you ready for me to hit you right now?' before I hit you. Both players were given one-game suspensions and a notch off their reputation belt. However, given that Smith-Schuster has no history, many Steelers, including Foster, felt that the suspension was overkill. If you don't know me and you've never had a conversation with me, don't judge us on what you see in football, because football's my competitive side. 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. "I thought it was about as flagrant as it gets when it comes to a low hit on the quarterback".

"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". You know what's going to happen.

"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. Does Mike Mitchell make a good point? This is for grown men. We're playing at full speed.

"At the end of the day, this is football", he said. If you want to see flag football, then let's take our pads off. You know what I'm saying? Smith-Schuster's was not. That really got Mitchell mad. "There's just so much going on in the game right now". News broke about Goodell's new $200 million contract extension shortly before Mitchell's rant.

"Obviously, everybody from fans to owners to players are all disappointed in Roger Goodell. We've just got to do better", Mitchell said. We can't have a guy where you just hand out discipline on how you see fit. There needs to be a set guideline on how we do what we do.

"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.

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