Steelers safety Mike Mitchell rips National Football League for officiating on hard hits

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The speed of the game simply doesn't allow for less hitting, Mitchell said.

Mitchell - who himself has been fined four times for unsafe 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. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was also suspended one game for his late hit last week.

"At the end of the day this is foot".

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No one has to turn football into a unsafe game.

Mitchell was also highly critical of the National Football League on Twitter, where he called for Commissioner Roger Goodell to be fired as news broke that Goodell signed a five-year contract extension.

The league has notably taken precautions in recent years to help protect their players, however, the rules are mostly favored for those on offense. You want the collisions, you want all those things. And you're complaining because the league is taking steps to at least try and reduce it. "Make it flag football".

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"When you think about what they're doing to defenders... defenders now don't have a clue how to play football anymore". But give us flags for me to pull off, because that way I know what we're playing. 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 on how you see fit. Andy Dalton threw a ball to Tyler Eifert two years ago.

Umenyiora, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants, has seen the evidence, and when studies show 110 of 111 brains of dead NFL players were bruised with CTE, he thinks the days of wondering if football could be hazardous to your health are over. Make that make sense.

Mitchell also received a $48,000 fine for a Week 6 hit on Chiefs running back Charcandrick West, though he appealed. I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than probably people on the Bengals. "There's just so much going on in the game right now". We've got to do better as players when we sign the next CBA. But, you know, I thought what happened - the play that happened - happened in the context of a football play.

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The Steelers' current NFLPA rep, left guard Ramon Foster, said that if players want to see changes in Goodell's power over player discipline, they're going to have to be willing to sacrifice for it with a players strike. There needs to be a set guideline on how you do what you do. Without it, players won't know where the line is between a fine and a suspension. "It's absolutely absurd. But like I said, it's Steelers vs the world". "You hit them in the pocket and in that way money always talks".

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