Steelers S Mike Mitchell Fined $48,620 For Hit On Chiefs QB Alex Smith

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell was penalized Sunday for a low hit from behind on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and on Thursday it’s being reported that he will pay dearly for it.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFL has fined Mitchell $48,620 for his late hit on Smith. Mitchell also will reportedly appeal the fine.

Mitchell’s hit on Smith came late in the third quarter of Sunday’s game after the quarterback had escaped pressure and passed the football to running back Kareem Hunt. While Mitchell has since said him being tripped by Steelers outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo is what led to him hitting Smith in his lower body and from behind, the league still viewed it as a finable offense and one that the safety could have avoided just the same.

“If you watch the tape, I’m even trying to turn my body as I’m falling,” Mitchell said a few days ago. “Alex is back pedaling into me, I wasn’t even going in the direction of Alex. He’s actually throwing it and fading away. There are a lot of things that go into the play that make it an accident you don’t want to see.”

Smith, however, viewed Mitchell’s hit differently.

“I felt like it was extremely late,” Smith said earlier this week of Mitchell’s hit. “I felt there was nothing done there to avoid contact. It was really low from the backside. I thought it was about as flagrant as it gets when it comes to a low hit on the quarterback.”

Previously, Mitchell has reportedly been fined three times during his career with two of these being for illegal hits and that’s probably why his fine amount of $48,620 is as high as it is as he’s considered a repeat offender.

  • NimbusHex

    Chickillo is an outside linebacker, and former defensive end. Obviously
    he is way bigger and stronger than Mike Mitchell, who appeared to be
    off-balance when the push from Chickillo came. I’m not saying Mitchell
    shouldn’t be fined, but possibly split the fine between Mitchell and
    Chickillo. Definitely should not be a suspension.

  • Grant Humphrey

    If Mitchell did this to Tom Brady he would’ve been suspended

  • The Tony

    This is a league that protects QBs

  • capehouse

    Not sure I consider Mitchell a cheap shot artist, and Chickillo did push him in the shoulder, but I also wouldn’t put it past him to use that push as a springboard to get a hit in on Smith.

  • 70’s Fan

    Unless that QB is named Ben or Cam, then no so much. But especially so if that QB is named Tom.

  • NW86

    Dave’s all-22 shot pretty clearly showed Chick stepping on Mitchell’s back foot and tripping him up. Nobody’s fault, it just happens sometimes in football when everyone is going full speed for the same spot. BS fine that was based more on the outside noise than on the play itself. Unfortunately, the “appeal” is still heard by the NFL, so it will be upheld. I don’t know why they even have a so-called “appeal” process.

  • ThatGuy


  • Zarbor

    If you wouldn’t put it past him to use that push then how is he not a cheap shot artist?
    I think he is and he deserves the fine, if not for this one the several others he got away with. Not a Mitchell fan.

  • Matt

    Stoned in the streets

  • EdJHJr

    Mitch is the king of crown first, but NO WAY IS THIS HIT ON PURPOSE.

    Do they have 10 year olds reviewing these

  • Stairway7

    Sacrificed at mid field during half time.

  • treeher

    NFL is so screwed up. I’d refuse to pay it. Period.

  • nikgreene

    I think it is automatically deducted from his paycheck. Pending appeal of course.

  • David J Thompson

    What BS. This trend of whiny QBs is part of the waning interest in the NFL as far as I am concerned. Smith is complaining because he COULD have been hurt. Total crap. Makes watching games very difficult when part of an offense is drawing ‘roughing the passer’ and ‘pass interference’ calls.

  • Applebite

    Smith cried and bemoaned that hit, the NFL wanted him to go away…they didn’t even bother reviewing that hit and how it happened. It’s obvious that Mitchell lost his balance on his way to the backfield.

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  • Mark

    Mitchell was guilty and got caught. He flubbed it anyway by missing an easy sack, then face masking him, and then hitting him low. Three strikes and you’re out.

  • JohnB

    applauded by steeler fans*

  • Smitty 6788

    Burfict hit Ben much the same way a couple of seasons ago. Not only did he not get fined there wasn’t even a flag thrown either.

  • JohnB

    Such an odd number. They dont believe in rounding up/down. Put cents in next time.

  • pittfan

    Smith wants to have it both ways. He wants to be able to scramble, “magically” escaping and keeping plays alive. Then when he steps up and out of the pocket of possibly run for a first down, but pulls up instead and gets hit, he cries like a baby.
    Ben has taken tons of these types shots and doesn’t whine and cry.

  • Jones

    I’m neither a Mitchell fan or a hater. I think he’s a serviceable safety that does some idiotic things occasionally. That said, I don’t think this was one of those things. You get pushed/tripped down in the direction of the QB while said QB is backing up towards you. I wouldn’t think this is finable. It’s MM, though, there will be something else that is finable later… Just be patient and fine him for the correct play, NFL.

  • Grant Humphrey

    Oh that’s right silly me.

  • tarquin

    Not even the dirtiest “hit” in this play. Gay getting illegally blocked in the back downfield was.

  • Whatever. Get Wilcox on the field.

  • Zarbor

    Nothing is waning the interest in football. Not the refs, not the protest, not the added rules, not the fines, not punishments, not the crimes, not CTE, not even the twitter-in-chief …..nothing. Stop fooling yourself listening to fools and the ratings.

    No other sport makes more money than football and that’s not going to change for a while.

  • D C T

    You win!

  • Steve Johnson

    Death by firing squad

  • Dan Gilliam

    It looks like to me that Mitchell could of done a better job of trying to avoid Smith. OK I get that you were off balance and falling down but why didn’t you fall forward instead of to the right and into him? You can see from the video his eyes never left Alex Smith so it almost looks as if he was looking to get some sort of shot in. You don’t really see the rest of the video but that’s my two cents. I am just glad he didn’t get hurt. Football is a tough sport if your on the field your gonna get hit.

  • David J Thompson

    I am not putting up an statistically sound analysis, I am stating I like the NFL less since this nonsense started. The games are difficult to watch. I certainly don’t go out of my way to watch games outside of the Steelers.

  • pittfan

    Makes it look scientific. Gooodells secret formula

  • Jeff McNeill

    There was nothing clear about any footage I have seen regarding that hit.

  • Jeff McNeill


  • nikgreene

    Pretty sure Burfict was fined for a low hit on Ben in 2015. Burfict had one game against the Steelers that season where he was fined over $70K for three separate incidents. Maybe Burfict hit Ben illegally another time though.

  • nikgreene

    Based on Smith’s interview about the hit, it seemed like he really didn’t like Mitchell. Maybe Mitchell has gotten away with some things in previous match-ups. Regardless, I don’t see MItchell as any dirtier than other safeties, who are traditionally seen as hard nosed enforcers patroling the middle of the field. If a safety isn’t interested in delivering hard hits than they are playing the wrong position. Of course, I believe they should act within the spirit and the letter of the current rules.

  • Sam Clonch

    Would never have happened if he hadn’t totally MISSED the sack!

  • Dan

    I agree with this and with the Depot article earlier in the week, suggesting this hit could be accidental, but there’s another hit in the game where he hits with the helmut. Guess it’s a net even. He probably deserves the same amount of fines as he gets.

    Now let’s all prepare for the Burfict discussions on Monday.

  • cencalsteeler

    The unfortunate thing about this is outside of Steelers Nation, Mike Mitchell is now being lumped in with dirty players like Adam Jones and Burfict. His reputation is trickling down to the team and outsiders are now thinking the Steelers as a whole are becoming dirty. No different than yinzers calling for Marvin Lewis, people are now tieing Tomlin to Mitchell. It’s hard for me to believe him after his “ankle lock” on their rb West a few years back. That ankle lock is right up there with Burficts shot to Bens shoulder and I totally see what Chiefs fans are griping about because we all did the same complaining when it happened to Ben.

  • Steve

    Or named Alex Smith.

  • Steve

    With Mitchell having numerous fines, the league sure don’t see it that way.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I can understand if he got pushed or tripped on the Alex Smith play, but adding another questionable play from that game doesnt help his case, google search for the video clip “Mike Mitchell twists West’s ankle” Not sure sure what explanation he could come up with for this one. Looks like he is blatantly trying to hurt West. I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt but after a while it gets tough. I dont have any problem with safeties delivering hard hits, but stuff after the play is a bit much.

  • Shane Mitchell

    He did get caught doing some extra work on Charcandrick West ankle after a play in the same game. He put an achilles ankle lock on him.

  • John A Stewart

    Tared and feathered

  • tarquin

    I don’t know. I’ve been in a ton of Aikido and Karate classes, once you lose footing and force is applied, there isn’t a whole helluva lot you can do other than fall to your sides or into a roll to break the impact of a fall. (That leaves an odd visual if he rolls into his legs, and probably a suspension.)

  • AndreH

    Mitchell has always been an undisciplined knuckle head whose goes
    off script from time-to-time. You would think being a veteran in this league for over eight years he would demonstrate better judgment. If this had been that idiot Vontaze Bufict we would have lambasted him by now. Just stop being a jerk and commiting dumb penalties that’s hurt your team!!!

  • I’m with you on the Not a Mitchell Fan Fan Club

  • EdJHJr

    On several levels, this is a perfectly clear reason why any review of a play is a complete waste of time

  • EdJHJr

    How clear can it be he is going down from the trip/push, and pretty boy Smith not even in his path, you know ….. like in front of him.

    Who reviewed this I can do the job better. What’s the pay

  • will

    Made to kneel during the national anthem….

  • Whether your last statement remains true or not does not say anything about whether interest is waning. The fact that both ratings and revenues are down supports that at least in the short term interest is waning.

  • will

    Made to kneel during the national anthem

  • Brenton deed

    Hmmmm I agree that he has a bad history but each incident should be treated on its merits. I think it’s harsh … certainly NOT guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Even on the balance of probability I still give him the benefit of the doubt. If it weren’t for him colliding with Smith in a dangerous place (behind the knee) I doubt there’d be a fuss.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    The requirement: You have to wear a blindfold while reviewing film.

  • Rocksolid20

    And lose a draft pick .

  • Rocksolid20

    % of your game check .

  • capehouse

    Because most football players enjoy hurting other football players. Just part of the game. Don’t think Mitchell has ever crossed the line like Burfict has done so much, other than some helmet to helmet hits.

  • capehouse

    Lots of players do stuff like that. Mitchell is no different. I remember Timmons 2 years ago was tackling a Browns WR and took his elbow and jammed it into the WRs back. Never considered Timmons dirty. Half the NFL players do stuff like that especially in a pileup.

  • capehouse

    Aren’t all his fines from helmet to helmet hits? A lot of grey area with those calls.

  • Bradys_Dad

    A lot of gray matter as well.

  • Rob

    this is my new favorite thread on here

  • Steve

    Don’t think this hit was head to head, just late.

  • capehouse

    No but he hit another Chiefs player helmet to helmet in the game. Romo called him out for it.