The NFL has sent a ton of mixed messages regarding fines and what players can or can not do in the context of a football game.
Players safety is, of course, the main objective, but there’s been very little consistency in what is a penalty and what isn’t a penalty. What’s a fine and what isn’t a fine? What’s a suspension and what isn’t a suspension?
There has been a ton of frustration in that regard from players, and for Pittsburgh Steelers’ safety Mike Mitchell that frustration has apparently boiled over. He took a shot at the NFL and the state of football, apparently feeling that the NFL is basically flag football at this point.
He gave his thoughts in a video with Mark Kaboly with TheAthletic.com, as passed on by ProFootballTalk:
“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 took a very clear shot at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the lack of consistency and clarity regarding illegal hits, saying that the fans and players were disappointed, and he even lobbed a verbal bomb at one of his detractors.
“I got a–holes like Matt Hasselbeck calling me a dirty player and trying my character and we’ve never met before.”
This was an all-out rant from Mitchell and in ways, he makes a ton of good points. The lack of consistency from the NFL has been baffling, and it has led to frustration and perhaps has made the on-field play worse.
So gronk elbow drops a guy off the top rope like Dusty Rhodes and gets same suspension as a guy getting a penalty making a football play. Okay cool @NFL@espn@ESPNNFL can’t wait to see what you come up with next.