Umenyiora made waves with a tweet earlier this week seemingly directed at Pittsburgh safety Mike Mitchell, who popped off against the NFL's attempts to make the game safer. At the end of the day this is Foot-Ball.
"This is football. If you want to see flag football then let's take our pads off. That would make it easier for me, cause then I don't have to wear heavy (expletive)". But give me flags to pull off so I know what we're playing.
Football is supposed to be a rough, and sometimes risky sport, but at what point do we sacrifice player safety for enjoyment? "I feel like I've got to 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. Andy Dalton threw a ball to Tyler Eifert two years ago.
"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.
And that's really the problem with the entire process.
"This is a combat, contact sport", Mitchell said, according to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. So don't give me that name.
News broke about Goodell's new $200 million contract extension shortly before Mitchell's rant. And you call me a repeat offender? Let's not try to turn football into a unsafe, barbaric game. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski got a one-game suspension for an after-the-whistle body slam of Bills corner Tre'Davious White on Sunday. "But from the players' standpoint, I just don't understand what they're doing, what they're talking about, because the evidence is there", he added.
Mitchell, a former second-round pick now in his ninth season, also expressed a common theme among defenders, which is the game is almost impossible for them with the current rules in place.
"Fans, owners, players are all disappointed in Roger Goodell". "We've got to get better leadership as who's running the league". If you don't know me and you've never had a conversation with me, don't judge us on what you see in football, because football's my competitive side. I think we're all very well aware of the dangers of the game. There needs to be a set guideline on how you do what you do. Audio also includes Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.