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

07 December 2017

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.

"This is football". Mitchell then goes on to discuss the reality of the NFL being a physical league and most dirty plays resulting from quarterback or wide receiver error, including a specific example of his hit on Tyler Eifert two years ago.

Mitchell, a former second-round pick now in his ninth season, also expressed a common theme among defenders, which is the game is almost impossible for them with the current rules in place. "This is a man's game", Mitchell said. If the National Football League was smart, they would consider implementing this rule into their own guidelines for both the safety of their players and protection of their brands. But if you don't want to get injured, don't come out here. I don't know, sounds awfully unsafe and barbaric to me. I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than probably people on the Bengals. 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.

This isn't a physical "football" play... He discusses the need for the players to take some of the blame and be better when it comes to signing the next CBA and the disappointment in Roger Goodell and the NFL's inconsistent suspension policy. If you don't want to be a little kid and get your ass hit, don't come out here. There needs to be a set guideline on how you do what you do.

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"This ain't football", Mitchell said. "Think about what you ask us to do".

The latest criticism levied at Mitchell over his play isn't the first. You never see us get to line somebody up in a hole like a linebacker. At the end of the day this is Foot-Ball.

College football has a simple rule: if you receive a targeting penalty, you're immediately ejected from the game. If you wanna see flag football, then let's take our pads off, that would make it easier for me. "And that's insane. I'm gonna mess around and get hurt trying to protect an offensive player because he's running an over route".

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