There were not too many things to like about the Cleveland Browns last season. They had terrible quarterback play, the GM got the boot halfway through his first season with the team, and they started off at just 1-11 before rallying to finish at 5-11. However, one thing that always gave Browns fans something to cheer about was Josh Cribbs. Cribbs is the most electrifying return man in the NFL and single-handedly led the Browns to a couple victories last year. Every time he touched the ball, whether it was on special teams or on offense, he was a threat to score. That’s the kind of excitement he brought to a putrid offense. This season, his role with the team is expected to increase. More than likely Cribbs will get some work out of the wildcat and probably at wide receiver as well. It’s tough to predict how good or bad the Browns will be, but you can be sure that Cleveland will try and find innovative ways to get the ball in the hands of their most dangerous player and bring some excitement to an offense that was one of the worst in the NFL a year ago.
Josh Cribbs joined ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland to talk about the additions of Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme at quarterback, whether or not his role will increase in the offense this year, and how he feels about the season now that he has a new contract.
On whether or not he will have an increased role in the offense this year:
“Definitely. More times than you think. We’re already practicing for it and that’s one thing that is different from last season. Things were put in game by game. Now it’s already in the playbook so it’s not something that we gotta reach back and grab. It’s already in the playbook, its already installed, and we’re already running it together.”
On how he feels heading into the season now that his contract situation is resolved:
“My peace of mind is great right now. I’m very anxious to get into the season, more than last year actually. I’m just excited to see what we’re made of. We’re a really good team, we made a lot of great progress at OTA’s, especially the receiving core. There’s a lot of guys that have stood out. One guy in particular, Brian Robiskie, is coming into his own and picking up a lot of slack that a lot of people didn’t know he was capable of. He’s making catches, blocks, everything, and he’s doing a really good job. I can’t wait till these guys get in season and get the ball rolling.”
On how much he has worked on his offensive game this offseason so he can be used more:
“Definitely. I’m being used in multiple ways. Being out there the way that I am and the way they are using me as a decoy and everything, has given the defense so much to prepare for because any time I’m on the field, they’re worried about some type of trick play, throwback, wild cat, screen, pass in the flat, there’s just so much they’re worried about and just me being on the field is an attribute. I’ve been working a lot on my route running so I can be out there more and be more effective on offense.”
On people admiring the passion that he plays with:
“I appreciate it man. Every year I try to rededicate myself to the sport and find a new motivation, find a new niche that I can attach myself to, and keep being the same Josh Cribbs that everybody expects me to be. High motor, high intensity, and high value on this football team.”