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. Two of the most prominent players on each defense were even forced to leave the game early while another two were handed down suspensions.
Let the debate begin.
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. If you don't want to be a little kid and get your ass hit, don't come out here. Danny Trevathan, Mike Evans, Aqib Talib, Michael Crabtree and Smith-Schuster have all received one-game bans this season for various head shots. "For (Smith-Schuster) to have the same suspension as Gronk is just embarrassing". 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". "I thought it was about as flagrant as it gets when it comes to a low hit on the quarterback". He's a Standup guy just a hard nosed no bs player. There are lots of good rules making football safer, Mike Mitchell doesn't love all of them.
"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.
"I got [expletives] like Matt Hasselbeck calling me a dirty player and trying my character, and we've never met before", he told reporters Wednesday. We're playing full speed. This is for grown men.
Lewis goes on to make a freakish point about women's MMA, but then says that forcing defenders to give opponents time to make a football move is "not football". If you want to see flag football, then let's take our pads off. And you call me a repeat offender? I don't think the violence of the game is ever going to be eliminated, but there's certain things that are just common sense. In the same game, Mitchell got tripped into quarterback Alex Smith, which some critics said was an intentional play.
While Mitchell can quibble about the league equating Gronkowski's late hit to Smith-Schuster's block, this is one area in which the NFL's discipline actually appears to be rather consistent. We gotta get better leadership as who's running the league, because obviously everybody, from fans, owners, players are all disappointed in Roger Goodell.
"Just hand us all some flags", Mitchell said, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. There needs to be a set guideline on how you do what you do. It's absolutely absurd. But like I said, man, Steelers versus the world.
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