Except the Hasselbeck thing anyway - he was mad that Hasselbeck said his hit on Alex Smith was dirty, but the league did fine Mitchell nearly $50,000 for the hit and Smith was pretty mad about it.
But Bengals safety George Iloka, who tried to take off Antonio Brown's head, had his one-game ban reduced to just a fine. He compared the hit to the one delivered in Week 14 by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Lewis goes on to make a freaky point about women's MMA, but then says that forcing defenders to give opponents time to make a football move is "not football". On one hand, calls for a targeting rule have been renewed and writers have eloquently stated how hard it is to watch a game so violent.
One thing Umenyiora and Mitchell agree on is that the National Football League must work to be more consistent with how it punishes players.
League official Troy Vincent told reporters Wednesday that the NFL might adopt college football's targeting rule that ejects players for egregious hits. You never see us get to line somebody up in a hole like a linebacker. You know what's going to happen. If you don't want to get injured then don't come out here.
Former Giants star Osi Umenyiora took offense to Mitchell's rant, which included several references to the idea of just playing flag football and "this is a man's game". "You have to know what the risk is when you sign up. That would make it easier for me, cause then I don't have to wear heavy (expletive)". I feel like I gotta ask a guy 'hey are you ready for me to hit you right now?' before I hit you. The two fines totaled almost $60,000.
"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. "Make that make sense", said Mitchell of the 2015 play. "I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than, probably, the people on the Bengals".
Mitchell also received a $48,000 fine for a Week 6 hit on Chiefs running back Charcandrick West, though he appealed.
"Fans, owners, players are all disappointed in Roger Goodell". "We've got to get better leadership as who's running the league". "We can't have a guy where you just hand out discipline how you see fit". Some players have been fined, some have been suspended, some are still in concussion protocol. "There's just so much going on in the game right now". "There needs to be a set of guidelines".
"It's the stupidest thing in the world", center Maurkice Pouncey said. "You hit them in the pocket and in that way money always talks". "And I guess (Iloka's suspension) got overturned because AB got up and scored a touchdown?"