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Josh Cribbs wants to be bigger part of Browns’ offense

This morning Josh Cribbs called in to 92.3 The Fan and answered questions about the team and his role on the offense in particular-

“I would definitely love to be able to be on the football field. I’m a firm believer in finding ways to get your athletes the football. You have tons of athletes, find what their strengths are, get them the football. Get plays for them. Other coaches have done it, they had me in the wildcat or the slot catching passes.”

“You can’t bad talk my coach, they’ve made a lot of progress. Shurmur has been stepping into that role better as a head coach, everybody’s looking like they’re improving. I would love to be able to get on the field more, I feel like I can add so much more to our offense. Such a weapon I feel like I am, not to talk about myself, but I feel like I can bring more to the offense.”

“I really should be playing on offense.”

The whole interview can be found here.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Deja deja deja deja deja vu

  • depressed@work

    When you learn to count and run proper routes, you can play on the offense josh

  • Harv 21

    I hate you sham. That’s the first thing I thought when I saw the headline. Then I jump in and you’re there already. Nice.

  • Harv 21

    I picture Cribbs still blabbering about this in the nursing home and all the other residents rolling their eyes and wheeling their chairs away from him in the social room.

  • Clown Baby

    Said the guy who refused to field a punt.

  • cmm13

    Does anyone else feel like Josh is now the youngest sibling screaming for the controller before he is able to perform even the simplest fatality move?

    Listen Josh any snaps you take as a WR take away from the actually looking bright corp of Gordon/Cooper/Little.

    So why don’t you sit down and hold this controller…oh it’s not plugged in? Don’t worry about that its…Uhm….wireless.

  • deesh

    correct me if i’m wrong, but didn’t he complain when he was used too much in the offense (under mangini…?) and he said he wanted to get back to returning kicks? or am I crazy? or both?

  • Gren

    If it didn’t look ridiculous, I would stand and applaud right now. Bravo good sir, bravo.

    Cribbs is one of those players I can’t say a bad word about, purely based on the heart he plays with. However, I can’t see a scenario where he is playing for the Browns next year. I just hope he’s not wearing black and yellow.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    Josh – love ya man, but your value to this team is being the best special teams player in the NFL. Keep returning kicks and playing gunner on kick coverage. Would rather have you focusing 100% of your efforts there than trying to do special teams and offense and doing both half way.

  • Dee P

    I recall that before the season Cribbs said that he would keep his mouth shut this season until he felt that the team wasn’t doing the right things on offense. We just went 2-2 in our second “block” of the season, and things have been trending up….this surprises me that it contradicts what he said in the summer.

  • Harv 21

    yeah, but he decided the downtrend began when we scored only 7 in a hurricane. Or that it was ok to ask for a bigger role if someone else asked him about it, unlike last year when he was seeking out reporters post-game to use public pressure against the coach. Actually, what he meant was that his agent would no longer tip off reporters that he was making a public show of cleaning out his locker to get what he wants.

  • Wow

    The guy can barely do his job on special teams. Give me a break.

  • ATodd

    Yeah, you are crazy. He said that last year when he and every receiver on the team not named Greg Little was being used purely as a decoy.

    Cribbs was more productive than Little in less than 1/2 the targets. Here’s the TD catch against the Niners where according to both Cribbs and McCoy, Cribbs had to beg McCoy to throw him the ball and McCoy admitted that Cribbs wasn’t in the route.

    http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/media-center/videos/Joshua-Cribbs-TD-Catch/6c5bb35b-2e4b-414e-b2b3-d4728c222df7

    Cribbs got so fed up that he made the comment — which was essentially if I’m just out there as a decoy, put someone else out there and I’ll save my energy to cover kicks.

    Cribbs was productive with his targets. Little, not so much.

  • I, too, would like to be a bigger part of the Browns’ “offense”. Doesn’t mean it’s going to happenz.

  • thompsons5@hotmail.com

    “… find what their strengths are, get them the football. Get plays for them. Other coaches have done it.”
    Don’t worry Josh, I think they know your strengths

  • NamedMyKidPrice

    I dont mind having a package for Josh. Kind of like what the Bears have for Hester. Run that package once or twice a game then have him be the 4th receiver in an obvious passing down and if he is open throw him the ball. When I talk about having a set of plays for him I am in no way talking about the Wildcat. Check out what the Bears do with Hester. He touches the ball about 5 times a game on offense if that. Then he handles Punts and maybe Kicks. Not sure if he even does Kicks anymore. That should be his role and no more.

  • Here’s to starting the “gag the man!” PR campaign…

  • Dee P

    I love Cribbs, don’t get me wrong, but my initial reaction to this was that it is a selfish comment….especially on the heels of a big win at home, and an even bigger game coming up on Sunday. Why couldn’t he have saved these comments for the bye week? He’s been around long enough to know that distractions can hurt, and how big the Ravens home game is. It’s just really bad timing in my opinion, and frustrating to hear it in the press from someone who should know better. I love that he wants to play – that’s great – I want all my players to feel that way – but why say this in the press? Just not helpful.

  • mgbode

    and I want the Browns to hire me to be the next HC. some things just are not in the cards.

  • mgbode

    but he’ll still use those guys in walkers as a wedge-wall against the cane crowd as he zooms the seam to the cafeteria in his wheelchair on pudding day