Mike Mitchell: “I signed up to play full-speed, contact football”

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Plenty of people aren’t happy with the mixed signals being sent by the league office regarding the conduct that will or won’t result in a suspension. Steelers safety Mike Mitchell is among the frustrated, and he vented loudly on Wednesday regarding the situation.

“At the end of the day this is foot. Ball,” Mitchell said in a video posted by Mark Kaboly of TheAlthetic.com. “You wanna 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 sh-t. But give us flags for me to pull off, because that way I know what we’re playing. I signed up to play full-speed, contact football, and we’re not doing that. I feel like I gotta ask a guy, ‘Hey, are you ready for me to hit you right now?’ before I hit you.”

Mitchell pointed out that some of the illegal hits result from quarterbacks throwing an inaccurate pass that forces a receiver to dive, resulting in the player being hit in the head. He said that a $50,000 fine from two years ago resulted from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throwing a “bad ball” to tight end Tyler Eifert. (It was actually a $23,000 fine, but the video proves his point.)

“I got a–holes like Matt Hasselbeck calling me a dirty player and trying my character and we’ve never met before,” Mitchell said, while also throwing some criticism at Commissioner Roger Goodell, for failing to ensure consistency and clarity regarding the consequences for illegal hits.

And that’s really the problem with the entire process. It seems to be more about P.R. than precedent, and it’s important that the league have a system that makes clear what will and what won’t result in significant consequences. Without it, players won’t know where the line is between a fine and a suspension.

35 responses to “Mike Mitchell: “I signed up to play full-speed, contact football”

  1. This league has a serious identity crisis. The correction would be to rescind ‘the Ty Law’ rule and go back to playing football before primadonnas Brady and P. Manning turned this game into a joke for the sake of stats and Arena Football scores.

  2. You are the biggest scumbag in football and one of the phoniest tough guys there are. You cheap shot Marvin Jones and then point to AJ Green and say “You’re next”. You aren’t even good.

    Other examples of your dirty play:

    Against Tyler Eifert
    Against the Jets when they were lining up in victory formation
    Against the Charcandrick West earlier this year (Fined)
    Against Alex Smith (Fined)
    Against Antonio Gates (Fined)

  3. He must have really enjoyed the Shazier play – that was good old fashioned lead with your head football.

  4. “I got a–holes like Matt Hasselbeck calling me a dirty player and trying my character and we’ve never met before”

    So you can’t judge someone you haven’t met. Got it!

  5. Good for Mike Mitchell for calling out certain things and
    saying what fans have also been saying all along.

    Get back to playing real football and
    be consistent with the way you apply the rules.

  6. Mike Mitchell is one of the dirtiest and most violent players in the league. Just watch the video of him standing over a screaming in pain Sam Bradford after his unneccesary push while he was running out of bounds. He tore his ACL and effectively ended his career. he’s a cheap shot artist and if he wasn’t in the NFL, he would surely be in prison. Mike Tomlin went out of his way and knew he was when he signed him as a free agent. Oh, poor Mike Mitchell whining about having his desire to hur tother peopel with cheap shots reigned in. Shut up you jerk, feel happy for the paycheck you get and for your freedom.

  7. Not sure how the video of him hitting Eifert is somehow exonerating in any way. He’s leading with his helmet with his hands at his side, all while Eifert is going to the ground, making any hit unnecessary. And considering he does this on a regular basis (along with plenty of other people on that defense) it illustrates why games like Monday’s have become a complete mess.

  8. What is it with this steelers team?! Drama Queens, head cases, undisciplined and they are all dumb as a bag of rocks. It’s like a sitcom nfl style.

    And just can’t stop talking. It’s like a compulsive need to prove how dumb they are lol!

  9. dansardo | Dec 6, 2017, 6:14 PM EST
    What is it with this steelers team?! Drama Queens, head cases, undisciplined and they are all dumb as a bag of rocks. It’s like a sitcom nfl style.

    And just can’t stop talking. It’s like a compulsive need to prove how dumb they are lol!

    So I guess you missed Gronk’s display of superior conduct……hypocrite!

  10. clownbaby37 says:
    December 6, 2017 at 6:08 pm
    Don’t care for the Steelers or this guy but is he wrong? I can understand intentional head to head but sometimes you just can’t help it

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    This guy will be the first one to sue for head trauma after he retires. They all want no rules when they are playing but then don’t mind playing the other side after the money dries up.

  11. And just can’t stop talking. It’s like a compulsive need to prove how dumb they are lol!

    You mean what you do here over and over.

    Mitchell is not my favorite Steeler, but he does his stuff during a play….not after with the intent to injure….so who is stupid besides Dansaro?

  12. About time someone says it. Getting so sick of this league. The players know what they’re signing up for. If you don’t want to get hit, don’t play. The next guy up will take millions if you don’t want it.

  13. More players and fans need to step up like this. Who cares if you hate the Steelers, don’t you love the actual GAME and sport of football?? I do. It’s being dismantled while you sit there playing fantasy and doing nothing. You really want tackling taken out of the game? Just tell me why, I’m curious to know why so many people hate tough, hard football. Receivers ducking their head and getting hit in the head is not a defenders fault. You’re either expecting him to let the receiver catch or defy physics. One isn’t possible and one is bad for the game. We need to take some sort of stand. I’d do anything to get football form even 11, 12 years ago back then this garbage. Bunch of guys running around trying not to touch each other in fear of a flag.

  14. idpfantasyfootball says:
    December 6, 2017 at 5:57 pm
    This league has a serious identity crisis. The correction would be to rescind ‘the Ty Law’ rule and go back to playing football before primadonnas Brady and P. Manning turned this game into a joke for the sake of stats and Arena Football scores.
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    Ummmm so the ‘Ty Law’ didn’t affect one of your examples because you know, it was his teammate. The rule you’re referring to was implemented AFTER Tom had already won 3 SBs. So if anything, this only further points that atom played well in both ‘eras’

  15. That’s odd. No mention of the hit Vontaze Burfict put on Antonio Brown that knocked Brown out and resulted in a sever concussion. I can only assume Mike loved to see his best player layed out.

  16. Sigh. Yes, it’s a full-contact sport. It’s possible to play it without spearing, though, and Mitchell needs to learn how to do that–this coming from a diehard Steelers fan who still doesn’t believe JuJu led with his helmet and thinks Goodell used James Harrison to show Congress he was trying to be tough on hard hits when most of James’s hits were perfectly legal. Mitchell’s a different story, though. His technique, from a safety standpoint, could use a little work. And Matt Hasselbeck is one of the classiest guys ever to play the game.

  17. Love me some Mike Mitchell… soon the league will be handing out trophies and bonuses as participation awards…..NFL trying to regulate instincts, calling it safety…players play they dont have time to think about safety at warp speed…

  18. Didn’t look like he was playing full-speed football when Mike Wallace stiff-armed him and ran it 95yds last year. Fake tough guy who will be forgotten the same offseason he retires.

  19. Some of you don’t seem to understand that if the league doesn’t take the headshots out of the game, a player will eventually die on the field. That’s sort of bad for business, as well as the entire sport of football all the way down to youngest levels.

  20. He’s going with his eyes open and inviting others who want to participate in a violent, contact sport to join him. It’s opt-in or opt-out. He’s opting in. I respect it.

  21. idpfantasyfootball says:
    December 6, 2017 at 5:57 pm
    This league has a serious identity crisis. The correction would be to rescind ‘the Ty Law’ rule and go back to playing football before primadonnas Brady and P. Manning turned this game into a joke for the sake of stats and Arena Football scores.
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    Brady had nothing to do with those rule changes. Bill Polian of the Colts led the charge for those changes because he felt it would help Peyton Manning beat the Patriots.

  22. If you saw the interview in the locker room, and you get past the first few minutes into the part where he gets upset and more emotional, and can’t control his true but very flawed logic and emotion, you quickly see why Mike Mitchell is the poster child for what is wrong with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Or should I say Squealers?

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