Josh Cribbs on the Jets: “We’re not the Browns. We’re not the team that gives up.”

Former Cleveland punt returner/wide receiver and fan favorite Josh Cribbs has embraced his new team, the New York Jets. After a 49-9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Cribbs was playing the part of team cheerleader, and took a shot at his former team in the process.

“We’re not the Browns,” the kick returner/wide receiver told Newsday on Sunday. “We’re not the team that gives up. We have fight in this team. They’re a motivated bunch of young guys. I’m just happy to be here and be able to contribute . . . Love it here.

We lost. It’s going to be a lesson for us and we’re going to play harder. It’s good that it comes now because we’re still in the mix of this. We’re halfway through the season.”

It wasn’t just a one timer that slipped from Cribbs’ mouth.

“The GM [John Idzik] takes that to the heart. Like Braylon Edwards. He could’ve played here, but they said ‘he didn’t play like a Jet. Get him out of here,’ ” Cribbs said of his former teammate in Cleveland. “So last week [against the Patriots] proved to me that this is not the Browns. If we were, we would’ve lost those games.”

Kimberly Martin of the Long Island Newsday is the reporter that gathered those quotes.

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  • nj0

    Same. All I know is that I’ve had about five million more arguments that I never would have had in real life thanks to the internet.

  • Garry_Owen

    And you’ve won them all.

  • Garry_Owen


  • Natedawg86

    A leader does not make statements like he did. As a leader, you set the example. You stay positive, and remind the guys in the locker room that they are not only playing the games for this season, but each one of them is auditioning for the next role in their career. And you look at the fans on Sunday and get pumped up because they want you to want to be here and they want you to have success and they want you to win. I know some of the fans can’t get out of thier negative states of mind and will occasionally cross the line and say the wrong things, especially since the team has been awful since 1999. What did Cribbs gain by this statement? What did he do for his team by this statement? I guess this is my biggest point. I know he has had his setbacks, and misfortunes, but he has also had fortunes. Lets not forget that. He left CLE because his agent thought he could get a lot more than he was worth. PLUS, Cribbs thought he needed to be more involved on offense, and the new management had other feelings and wanted him to focus on special teams. Since he has been very vocal and critical about the offense when he wasn’t involved, we decided (acutally he did since he wanted big bucks that he was not worth) to move on. Loved watching ya bud. Loved listening to you when you were riding a high, but when you were in a low, others around you sometimes took the same approach.

  • Natedawg86

    He was not a good leader under adversity

  • Sorry, but I had to respond to number two (no pun intended). They aren’t the gladiators forced into the Colosseum. There is no charity for the fans here. Each one of those guys that walks out on the field knows the consequences of doing so. It’s not for us, it’s for the paychecks associated with making it.

  • nj0

    That’s arguable. If he was just concerned about money, I think Cribbs would have been better served to not play injured, not go across the middle with such abandon, avoid more contact, etc. He did not. Yes, he made some money, but I don’t see how getting paid what the market dictates makes him or any other athlete beholden to fans.

    Look, I understand why people are upset over what he said, but to see “fans” turn so quickly on Josh, a guy who loved this city, loved this team, and – more so than anyone else – gave everything for both (and never was properly compensated monetarily when compared to his contribution imo) just seems like an overblown sense of entitlement by fans. Passion is one thing, but these guys are people too.

  • nj0

    lol… the internet, where none of us are ever wrong.

  • Harv 21

    dang! I was praying for the Buddhist quarterback. Zen in the pocket and all that.

  • I get it. I guess it’s a never ending argument. People such as yourself will side with Josh and look at the comments as harmless. People like myself will look at them and say – he knows he is beloved in Cleveland, he was a fan favorite, if he truly cared about any of that he would have approached that answer from a less malicious and negative angle. Unless he was so delusional as to think people cared more about him than the actual team.

    I think you’re coming at it like “actions speak louder than words” regarding his playing time here. That is all well and good but once you’ve moved on there are no more actions to overshadow your words.

    I’m not going to antagonize anyone or challenge someones fan-hood for being on either side of this argument. But, I think it’s pretty clear the comments were malicious and unnecessary given Josh’s standing around here. I find it extremely hard to believe he wasn’t aware this would be like kicking the wasp’s nest for the fun of it.

  • nj0

    Agree to disagree thing. I’m all for giving him the benefit of the doubt. Nothing in his track record shows him to be a jerk or malicious, especially towards Cleveland. His explanation of his statements bear this out.

    I just can’t see Josh freaking Cribbs honestly sticking it to the organization, the city, or the fans. I think it’s more likely that he just poorly communicated his point or important aspects of his comments were left out. You’d have to be a sociopath to destroy a legacy that you spent years and lifeblood establishing like his in Cleveland. And, again, Cribbs has never seemed to be the malicious type.

  • Totally agree with everything you said at the end there.

  • if you don’t think the browns quit last year, i dont think you were paying close attention.
    if you don’t like a denizen of that locker room corfirming that truth, isnt that more on you?

  • Did he specify last year? No. Therefore nothing of the sort is confirmed. But, I guess my problem is just that I can’t handle so much of this ‘truth’ that’s being laid on me, even though he’s since backtracked saying he was misquoted.

  • Jesse L. Lesher

    I think i am going to burn my old Cribbs jersey. What an ass.