|Cribbs is tired of losing but he's not tired of Cleveland. (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
In Josh Cribbs' six NFL seasons prior to 2011, the Browns have averaged fewer than six wins. Currently, Cleveland's 4-7 and manages just 15 points a game. Next up: the Ravens, a team they haven't beaten since 2007.
So it stands to reason that Cribbs, in his words, is fed up with losing.
“I’m tired of losing," he said this week, according to the Associated Press. "Everybody in this locker room, they’ll say they’re tired and they want to win every game. I want to win this year. Everybody says we’re building, we look good. I don’t really care about the building process because I want to win now. I’ll worry about next year next year. I want to win now.”
Head coach Pat Shurmur, in his first year on the job after replacing Eric Mangini, not only understands Cribbs' frustration, he doesn't have an issue with it.
"I have an open door and I expect if they have an issue, they come see me man-to-man about it," Shurmur said, via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "That's the way we handle things here."
Shurmur encourages players to have an open dialogue with him as well as the media, and that's the case with Cribbs.
"I talk to coach all the time," Cribbs said. "I just finished talking to him. I talk to him casually, through the hallway, at the beginning and end of practice."
Cribbs, whose 29 receptions and 358 yards (4 TDs) this season are career highs for the former Kent State quarterback who went undrafted after college. Those totals are third on the team behind rookie Greg Little and Benjamin Watson.
But Cribbs' remarks aren't about getting more involved in the offense, they're about -- stop us if you've heard this before -- winning.
"That doesn't mean that I want to leave [because] I am sick and tired of losing like everybody is," he said. "Me being sick and tired doesn't mean I want to leave. It means I want to win now. So we're going to focus all our energy in trying to win. I'm tired of losing."
Unfortunately, the Browns have played some uninspiring football this season. Whether it's the unusually predictable offense or the sudden collapse on special teams, there's little reason for optimism. Shurmur looks like he's aged 20 years in three months and second-year quarterback Colt McCoy has regressed from his rookie form. And in two days they'll face Baltimore, an outfit they haven't beaten in six tries.
After a big win over the 49ers last week, the Baltimore Ravens hope to repeat this Sunday as they take on the Cleveland Browns. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan preview this upcoming game. Watch the game on CBS at 4:05 PM ET.
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