Jerry Jones responds after National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell's extension

Lynette Rowe
December 9, 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell is not happy with the state of football.

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers safety took to Twitter to rail on the National Football League for suspending Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (a suspension that was overturned) during Monday's NFC North matchup that has drawn widespread criticism for what many deemed excessive violence and dirty play.

Among the latter was rookie wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, whose one-game suspension was upheld following his appeal. "Because we're not playing football", said Mitchell on Wednesday from his locker. This CBA that Mitchell is lamenting is pretty bad for the players, mostly financially, as Patrick Hruby thoroughly documented for Vice Sports two years ago, but also in terms of granting commissioner Roger Goodell carte blanche disciplinary power. In October, Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith called him out for what he deemed a dirty hit.

Mitchell blamed the Eifert hit on Andy Dalton throwing "a bad ball". I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than probably people on the Bengals.

"Maybe he'll take me out to dinner sometime". You don't know me, you've never had a conversation with me. So don't give me that name.

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Jones, normally very candid when discussing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension, played things very close to the chest on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. If a ball is in the air and the man jumps and a man ducks his head, how do you want me to readjust my body? There's just so much going on in the game right now. They're intoxicating at times, but I can't unknow what I'm seeing now that I know the reservations of the medical community.

Mitchell also said that fans, owners and players are all disappointed in Goodell.

Are players really this dumb?

- Osi Umenyiora (@OsiUmenyiora) December 6, 2017 Appreciate it bro.

Smith-Schuster will now have to serve the same punishment as New England Patriots superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose blatant cheap shot on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious was, by far, the dirtiest hit the league has seen all year. Now players like Mitchell no longer know what their jobs are, and it's hard to blame their frustration at being told they can no longer do what they been conditioned since Pop Warner to do. It wasn't away from the ball, wasn't a hit on a kicker, a defenseless player, it was a guy getting ready to make a tackle; a much bigger football player. "But that's above all of our pay grades".

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