"This ain't football", Mitchell said.
But Bengals safety George Iloka, who tried to take off Antonio Brown's head, had his one-game ban reduced to just a fine. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was suspended for one game after an egregiously late hit on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White.
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". Smith-Schuster's was not. That really got Mitchell mad.
One thing Umenyiora and Mitchell agree on is that the National Football League must work to be more consistent with how it punishes players.
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 never see us get to line somebody up in a hole like a linebacker. "Think about what you ask us to do", Mitchell told reporters. And you're complaining because the league is taking steps to at least try and reduce it. "Make it flag football".
The NFL has sent a ton of mixed messages regarding fines and what players can or cannot do in the context of a football game. 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. That would make it easier for me, because I don't gotta wear heavy (expletive, ) but give us flags because then I know what we're playing. I feel like I've got to ask a guy, 'Hey, are you ready for me to hit you right now before I hit you? Andy Dalton threw a ball to Tyler Eifert two years ago.
"We've got to do better as players when we sign the next CBA", Mitchell said, referring to the collective bargaining agreement that runs through the 2020 season.
Mitchell also called for a change in leadership. I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than probably people on the Bengals. It makes no sense.
"Obviously, everybody from fans to owners to players are all disappointed in Roger Goodell. 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. "We can't have a guy where you hand out discipline as you see fit, there needs to be a set guideline of how we do what we do". "It's absolutely absurd. But like I said, it's Steelers vs the world". Without it, players won't know where the line is between a fine and a suspension. It's still very confusing whether a hit was "legal" or not and it's hard for defenders to know whether they will be flagged for hits that might cross the line.