Alex Smith upset by late hit from Mike Mitchell

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The Chiefs offense took a long time to get going against the Steelers on Sunday and they got some help from a penalty on Pittsburgh once they finally found some success.

A 37-yard gain on a pass to running back Kareem Hunt got the Chiefs to the Steelers’ 24-yard-line and officials tacked on 12 more yards due to a hit by Steelers safety Mike Mitchell. Mitchell hit quarterback Alex Smith from behind late and in the knees to draw the flag and an angry response from Smith.

“Certainly when I got fired up, I thought [the hit] was pretty late,” Smith said, via “I mean, when you get hit in the back of your knee like that, I didn’t understand how that happened. Certainly guys falling, rushing the quarterback, I get it when it’s happening from the front and guys are trying hard. That one to me just seemed so weird to get hit that low coming from behind.”

Smith was fortunate to avoid any injury on the hit, which will likely lead to Mitchell hearing from the league about a fine later this week.

36 responses to “Alex Smith upset by late hit from Mike Mitchell

  1. I agree with Alex. As a Steeler fan, I am getting real tired of Mike Mitchell. All he does is cost the team yards with his poor tackling, stupid celebrations, or costly penalties. And he’s not even that good. Mediocre at best. When was the last time he actually did something that helped the team? I cant remember that, but I can surely remember when he hurt the team. It was yesterday.
    Lets hope we draft a FS early next year. Or they cut him in the offseason. Or both.

  2. Mitchell has a bad rep but in this case it was not his fault. If you look at the replay you’ll see that he was pushed in the back by linebacker Anthony Chickillo and fell to the ground behind Alex Smith.

  3. Whether it’s celebrating a tackle made 20 yards downfield, making late/unnecessary hits that prompt personal foul penalties, or consistently blowing over the top coverage, Mike Mitchell is gonna Mike Mitchell.

  4. Well maybe this is me being a homer, but in the gif I saw of it, looks like Mitchell got tripped up by another Steelers player. I think it was Watts, who even sort of pushed Mitchell while trying to catch his own balance. We’ll see what the league office says on review though. If it really was a cheap shot, I’ll be glad when he’s be replaced after this year.

    Go Steelers!

  5. Nofoolnodrool says:
    October 16, 2017 at 9:14 am
    As a Steeler fan Mitchell is an embarrassment to have on our team at times. He plays hard and physical but he crosses the line far too often
    That’s the Steeler way. Make up for poor coaching and poor play by using cheap shots and dirty tactics, like tripping players running down the sidelines.

  6. What about the helmet-to-helmet late hit of Tyreek Hill by Roosevelt Nix on that last punt return? Or, the helmet-to-helmet hit by Mitchell that was not called earlier in the game. Pittsburgh was definitely tougher yesterday, but for as pathetic as KC played, they still had multiple chances to win that game.

  7. Steelers games are littered with plays that get them a pat on the back by most announcers even though if players on other teams did the same thing they would get a fine or suspended. It makes no sense.

    Mike Mitchell is the dirtiest player in the league. He was clearly pushed and/or tripped but he puts in extra effort to make sure he gets Smith good. Like he saw being tripped as a free shot to mess with Smith.

  8. Alex was getting hit late the whole game, and couldn’t get a call. But if was Brady on the other hand, Flag, Flag Flag

  9. vegaskid21 says:
    October 16, 2017 at 10:11 am
    Alex was getting hit late the whole game, and couldn’t get a call. But if was Brady on the other hand, Flag, Flag Flag
    Sorry dude, that’s the way it goes when you’re the GOAT. Lebron James is getting more calls than Zaza Pachulia also, it’s just the way it goes.

  10. So… I hate when other teams come to “my stadium”. Steelers had a great turnout at arrowhead and probably had 10-15% of overall attendance.

    There were about 10 right in front of us with a huge black Steelers flag. Older guy a couple rows behind them couldn’t see so a Chiefs fan asked if they’d lower it. And they did…

    Hate their cheering and those stupid towels (wish we would’ve thought of those) but the best part was when the military was recognized 2-3 times. Their weren’t opposing fans when that happened we were all on the same team.

    Just was a proud American moment for me. Pitt has hammered KC 3 times in a row, as Steeler fans I really don’t like you but as Americans I was pretty proud yesterday. Nice to see we all understand the difference between sports and real life.

  11. Since it is a Steeler the NFL will name him player of the week and give him a bonus. Mitchell also dipped his head and went helmet on helmet on the recently concussed Travis Kelce. No flag of course.

    Different teams different rules.

  12. Watch the video. Mitchell gets tripped and pushed into him.”

    Keep making excuses for that clown. That “push” would have barely pushed over my 40 lb little son.

  13. If he did that to Brady, he would have gotten a beat down from the Patriots linemen. The Chiefs linemen just stood there after someone nearly ended their QB’s season if not his career. SMH.

  14. Last year it was Kelce whining like a child, now it’s Smith. These guys can’t lose to us without finding some BS to cry about it.

  15. “rutchaser says:
    October 16, 2017 at 11:16 am
    Funny how Steelers fans get all upset about Burfict when Mitchell may be worse.”

    Multiple Steeler fans here saying it was uncalled for. Including this Steeler fan. And if you looked at Steeler fan forums you’d notice there is an universal dislike for Mitchell and how he plays the game. No one cares for it. He’s a cheap shot artist who gets all jacked up after giving up a 3rd and long conversions just because he thinks he has laid someone out.

    We don’t like Burfict. No one should. And we don’t like Mitchell. No one should. Cut from the same cloth. And I’d rather both clowns be out of the league.

    As for anyone who says Chickillo pushed him, boy, that’s pushing it. Pun intended. H barely lays a hand on him. Mitchell uses it as an opportunity to go low on Smith. Just disgusting in my view.

  16. I noticed Kelce was well-behaved yesterday. I guess getting clocked by a Texan brought him to his senses, at least for one game. He’s a good player if he”ll just shut up!

  17. As a Steeler fan I can tell you I dislike Mike Mitchell more than anyone else on the team. He is a constant embarassment. He is cheap, dirty, not very good, and celebrates helmet to helmet hits as well as tackles 20 yards downfield.

    Guy is bum, excited for when he is off the team.

  18. Let me join the chorus of Steeler fans on this post saying I’m sick of Mitchell and would be thrilled to see him dumped from the team. Do I appreciate tough play? Yes. Do I want to see dirty play? No. And neither do the great majority of Steeler fans. Football is a skill game. If you can’t make a tackle before the whistle blows without lowering your helmet or going for someone’s knees, you don’t belong on the field. And let me add that I’m also sick of AB and Bell screwing with our field position because they have to act like idiots every time they score. I don’t care how good they are, their egos are out of control.

  19. Mitchell is the same as Burfict minus the skillset that makes Burfict an elite player. They both have a reputation that is well deserved. I only watch the Steelers when they play the Bengals, and I can say at least 10 times I’ve seen Mike Mitchell turn himself into a human cannonball flying head first at a Bengals player’s head. Tyler Eifert’s concussion comes to mind. I’ve also seen a few times where he went trying to knock a guy out and just ended up looking like a fool flying past a guy that juked him.

  20. I can already hear it now – next week bengal fans will be crying when Dalton breaks his finger trying to tackle Tuitt after he intercepts a screen pass.

  21. carloswlassiter says:
    October 12, 2017 at 6:14 pm
    daburgher says:
    October 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    hardest worker in the NFL. Deebo is going to destroy Fisher on sunday. To all the haters, harrison gets tested more than any other NFL player and has never failed
    He’s a 39 year LB who couldn’t even make the last few game day rosters – and now he’s gonna “destroy Fisher”? I’d be surprised if we heard his name called once during the game.

  22. Mitchell needs suspending.

    Its time the NFL sat Mitchell for good. If Burfict got 5 games for that lame ‘hit’ on the KC FB in pre-season, they need to suspend Mitchell for a year. The guys at NFL HQ have Mitchells’ ‘highlight-reel’; idiots like Jon Runyan just need to run it.

    The NFL say they are concerned about concussions, but as long as they allow Mitchell and guys like Shazier to take all these cheap shots; its the reason why guys like Eifert are constantly out. The Steeler coaches also need to start to step up, because they are clearly not coaching their defence what is legal and what aint.

    The Steelers have been at it throughout this season so far, with dirty hits we saw like Gay’s in the CLE game on Ricardo Louis, but the NFL continue to ignore anything in yellow and black.

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