Steelers safety Mike Mitchell rips officiating: 'Just hand us all some flags'

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Steelers safety Mike Mitchell is among the frustrated, and he vented loudly on Wednesday regarding the situation. And Bengals safety George Iloka was benched for a game after a helmet-to-helmet hit in the end zone on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown shortly after the Smith-Schuester hit. Like we said: total mess. That AFC North clash included many fierce hits, including a couple which ended with players leaving the game.

"He's (running) 4.4, 4.3 speed".

On Wednesday, Mitchell was angry about the way that the National Football League is officiated as a whole. 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. And you're complaining because the league is taking steps to at least try and reduce it. "Make it flag football ". And I'm sure there were plenty of guys who wore leather helmets in their day crying about how soft the game was back when Jack Tatum was paralyzing dudes on the field in the 70s.

"I'm gonna mess around and get hurt trying to protect an offensive player because he's running an over route". In fact, we saw 15 of them before the crap the Bengals and Steelers pulled on Monday night.

Retired safety Ryan Clark, who played with Mitchell in Pittsburgh from 2009 through 2013, offered an important reminder. "I feel like I gotta ask a guy, 'Hey, are you ready for me to hit you right now?' before I hit you". The two fines totaled almost $60,000.

"That's 50 grand out of my pocket because Andy [Dalton] throws a bad ball". 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. "You know what I'm saying?"

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If players want that to change with the next CBA, they're going to have to prepare to miss some games.

Mitchell also said that fans, owners and players are all disappointed in Goodell. 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.

On Wednesday, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he didn't think Smith-Schuster deserved the suspension.

Smith-Schuster will now have to serve the same punishment as New England Patriots superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose blatant cheap shot on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious was, by far, the dirtiest hit the league has seen all year.

Why did Gronk drive his forearm into the back of White's head? "I thought a fine, a pretty steep fine, something like that". Some players have been fined, some have been suspended, some are still in concussion protocol. 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. Audio also includes Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.

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