February 17, 2018

Mike Mitchell: Pittsburgh Steelers defender wants Roger Goodell fired

07 December 2017, 09:23 | Henrietta Morgan

Mike Mitchell: Pittsburgh Steelers defender wants Roger Goodell fired

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady pose with the MVP trophy during a news conference after the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Monday Feb. 6 2017 in Houston. Brady was named the MVP of Super Bowl 51. (AP

"Hand us all some flags and we'll go out there and try to grab the flags off", Mitchell said in the aftermath of Monday night's violent Steelers-Bengals clash that produced more than 200 yards in penalties and two players stretchered off the field.

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Bengals safety George Iloka were both fined and suspended for hits in the game. Like we said: total mess. But to summarize, Mitchell thinks the National Football League is trying to legislate physical contact out of the game and he's not a bit happy about it.

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

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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. If you want to see flag football, then let's take our pads off. That would make it easier for me, because now I don't gotta wear heavy s--. Before I got drafted, I had $368 to my bank account. "I feel like I gotta ask a guy, 'Hey, are you ready for me to hit you right now?' before I hit you". "But from the players' standpoint, I just don't understand what they're doing, what they're talking about, because the evidence is there", he added. "[Expletive], your quarterback shouldn't have thrown the ball messed up".

Retired safety Ryan Clark, who played with Mitchell in Pittsburgh from 2009 through 2013, offered an important reminder.

Here's what the nine-year veteran, who has been fined almost $90,000 in his career for hits, had to say to those who were uncomfortable with what went down on Monday night... Because Andy throws a bad ball. I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than probably people on the Bengals. My nephew goes to school there. In the same game, Mitchell got tripped into quarterback Alex Smith, which some critics said was an intentional play. "You know what I'm saying?" "There's just this whole aura of the game is macho and all these types of things that people don't care what the consequences are going to be a little later on", Umenyiora said.

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Mitchell also said that fans, owners and players are all disappointed in Goodell. "For (Smith-Schuster) to have the same suspension as Gronk is just embarrassing". The All-Pro knocked Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White out of the game Sunday after throwing his body at the defender well after the whistle.

"It's not that I don't think they realize the dangers of the game". "I thought a fine, a pretty steep fine, something like that".

Former Giant Osi Umenyiora thinks people who have a problem with the National Football League fining and suspending head-hunting players need to have their own heads examined. "Make that make sense", said Mitchell of the 2015 play. Audio also includes Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.

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