Tag:Josh Cribbs
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:12 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2011 9:24 pm

Al Harris retires, says 'I had an awesome time'

HarrisBy Josh Katzowitz

A day after 37-year-old Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor decided that it was time to retire, 37-year-old Rams cornerback Al Harris will follow suit.

Unlike Taylor, who said he’s unsure of what’s next for him, Harris knows exactly what he wants. He wants to coach football, according to Rapid Reporter Ron Clements.

On Wednesday, though, Harris, currently on season-ending injured reserve, thought back on his 14-year career that included two Pro Bowl appearances and a string of strong years playing in the Packers secondary.

“I had an awesome time,” Harris said. “I thank (Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo) for giving me an opportunity to come and help out. I hope I left a positive impression on everybody.”

He also took the time to defend Spagnuolo, who most likely is on his way out as St. Louis’ coach.

“Coaches can only coach,” he said. “I think Spags has done a great job of getting guys to buy in. That’s the hardest part when you’ve got a relatively young team. … Injuries, you can’t help. … My heart goes out to (Spagnuolo). I know how much work he’s put in.”

While Harris was a dependable player in his heyday, his last three years have ended with trips to the IR list. After he tackled Browns receiver Josh Cribbs on Nov. 13, he tore his ACL -- an ACL he’ll have repaired by surgery next month -- Harris decided it was time to say goodbye to pro football.

And he’s not going to change his mind.

“I’m going to come back to coach. I’ve got my mind made up about that,” he said. “Professionally, I hit every single goal I set out for myself. Now it’s time to turn the page and set a new set of goals.”

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Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:46 pm

Cribbs is fed up with losing, Shurmur understands

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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Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:00 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:18 pm

Could Josh Cribbs see snaps at RB, QB?

Cribbs says he was joking but the Browns should be willing to try anything. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Browns offense is many things, though none are particularly laudatory. Words like predictable and inconsistent come to mind, which is exacerbated by the paucity of playmakers.

Also not helping: second-year quarterback Colt McCoy has regressed. Or more precisely: after a promising rookie season, he's failed to meet expectations through the first nine weeks of 2011. That may have more to do with the Sunday beatings he's been subjected to (and, as we previously mentioned, not much in the way of downfield threats to keep defenses honest) than his ability to consistently throw a 15-yard dig route.

It also doesn't help that running back Peyton Hillis has gone from folk hero to outcast in a few months and the Browns' running game has subsequently disappeared. Which may explain why Josh Cribbs, a Pro Bowl returner and a pretty good wideout, could be taking some reps at running back, too.

"I can't give nothing away, but they put something in that's special to me and that's all I can say about that,'' said Cribbs Wednesday, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot. "Coach is really trying to target me and the coaches are really making an opportunity for me to get the football more.''

Cribbs was asked again about the chances he could line up in the backfield. "We've got eight games left. There will be some surprises this week.''

Turns out, Josh was joshing. "I was just kidding givin'em a good story lol there is nothing big for me in the package lol," Cribbs said via Twitter Wednesday night.

We have absolutely no problem with Cribbs, whether he was joking or actually hinting that he could take some snaps at quarterback or running back. We're guessing McCoy would welcome the break from getting knocked silly, and more than that, it's not like the Browns' offense is a Rubik's cube. We've seen People magazine crossword puzzles that took less time to solve.

We mentioned it in this week's Coach Killers but just in case you missed it, here's what we're talking about:

The Browns are so married to their offensive philosophy that even the blind know what's coming (we're only half-kidding). Via the NFL Network's Mike Lombardi:

"Writing about the Browns offense leads me to a game I play every week at NFL Films. I sit in my office in Mt Laurel, N.J., put the Browns offense on my screen and call a friend who was a coach in the league, but is now in between successes. I tell my friend the personnel group, the formation, where the ball is located on the field and what hash mark and describe the motion -- if there is any -- and ask him to tell me the exact play that will be run," Lombardi writes.

"He is correct about 95 percent of the time. No lie. The Browns are so integrated into the West Coast system that their predictability is becoming legendary around the league."

So, yeah, maybe coach Pat Shurmur should let Cribbs line up wherever he wants. It's not like the Browns can get more predictable.

Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams will go up against Colt McCoy and the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon. Which team has the advantage? NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz go inside the numbers to preview this game.

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Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:42 pm

Browns RB corps grows even thinner

M. Hardesty will miss some time with a calf tear (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

During his Monday news conference, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said there would be no excuses why the Browns are 3-4 while scoring a combined 16 points in the past two games. But who could blame him if he started feeling sorry for himself just a little bit?

Especially after the news he brought today when he said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that running back Montario Hardesty will miss time with a moderate calf tear.

Though it doesn’t sound like a major injury, the loss of Hardesty leaves Cleveland with a bare cupboard at the running back spot. After rushing 33 times in Week 7 vs. the Seahawks, Hardesty missed the final three quarters of Sunday’s loss to the 49ers because of the injury.

Considering Peyton Hillis is still day to day with a bum hamstring and Brandon Jackson has been affected by a toe injury, the only healthy tailback on the roster is Chris Ogbonnaya, who was on the Texans practice squad a few weeks ago. Cleveland also has Armond Smith on the practice squad, and, if the team was desperate, the Browns could use Josh Cribbs as a running back.

Shurmur also said the team would try out free agent running backs on Tuesday (though I’m pretty sure Terrell Owens couldn’t pass as a running back).

As for how long Hardesty could be out? “It's going to take some time to heal,” Shurmur said.

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 8:48 am

Belichick: NFL wants to squash kickoffs

BelichickPosted by Josh Katzowitz

With the new NFL rules stating that kickoffs are to be taken from the 35-yard line instead of the 30 -- though the Bears didn’t feel they needed to follow that rule, since apparently they wanted to work on their kickoff coverage -- it seems pretty clear the NFL wants to reduce the number of returns that can be taken.

In fact, as we wrote last March, the reason the rules competition committee wanted to make the change in the first place was because of safety concerns. But according to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the league has an ulterior motive for making the change to kickoff placement.

The NFL wants to eliminate kickoffs entirely.

During a session with the media Tuesday, one questioner, according to CSN’s Tom E. Curran, began a query this way: “If the intention of the NFL is eliminate kickoffs …” Belichick quickly interrupted.

"That's what they told us," Belichick said. "I'm not speaking for anyone else. That's what they told us, that they want to eliminate the play."

Which would fundamentally change the game in a way that is not completely impossible to fathom but which critics could claim also turns the NFL into more of a flag football league. Even if that supposed philosophy never comes to pass, Belichick talked about the current system, in which teams might build rosters differently if kickoff returners won’t make as much of an impact.

"If, instead of covering 60 kickoffs in a year you think you're only going to be covering 30, then is that coverage player as important, or -- on the flip side of it -- is the return game?" Belichick asked (presumably in the rhetorical sort of way). "If you're going to be returning 30 instead of 60, are the guys who block on the kickoff return (as important)?  If you think you're going to be returning more punts than kickoffs (there's a decision to weigh). Usually you're going to be returning more kickoffs than punts but if you think you'll be returning more punts than kickoffs, then maybe you put more of a priority on your punt returner than your kickoff returner."

To be fair, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had this to say to CSN regarding Belichick’s claim that the league wants to squash kickoffs: "(Chairman of the Competition Committee) Rich McKay and (NFL Vice President) Ray Anderson say that’s not accurate. They said the Competition Committee’s position was that they wanted to 'shorten the field' and that the movement of the kickoff line would potentially reduce the number of kickoffs to be returned. They said they are unaware of anyone saying that it was intended to 'eliminate' the kickoff return."

But if that was the case and the NFL really does want to eliminate kickofs, you can bet teams like the Bears (because of KR Devin Hester), Browns (because of Josh Cribbs) and the Seahawks (because of Leon Washington) who are already not pleased with the new rules will be really, really unhappy.

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Posted on: July 1, 2011 5:15 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 5:51 pm

Hot Routes 7.01.11: Dareus mows lawn for rent

Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Bucs CB Aqib Talib has a trial date: March 26, 2012, which means that his legal suit won't be settled until after the season. This is good news for his chances of playing in 2011, but bad news because Roger Goodell likely still looks forward to suspending him.
  • Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter tweets that the Cards will try to trade for Kevin Kolb and the name he's hearing "will surprise you." Prepare accordingly.
  • Things that won't surprise you (but make you laugh nonetheless): Washingtonian readers Redskins owner the "worst local villain." He finished ahead of Marion Barry (!). And the worst local athlete? Albert Haynesworth, who was signed by … Dan Snyder.
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Posted on: June 24, 2011 8:00 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2011 2:15 pm

Browns WR Little got 93 parking tickets at UNC

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Somewhere Terrelle Pryor is no doubt wondering "Hey, wait a second, Greg Little had 93 parking tickets in college and people are focused on me? Really?"

As it turns out, yes, although that could be changing.  According to the News & Observer, Little received 93 parking tickets associated with five different vehicles while at North Carolina. UNC officials confirmed that Little and seven other players racked up 395 tickets worth $13,000 in fines from March 2007 to August 2010. 

No idea how you explain that away, although Little's time in Chapel Hill wasn't without controversy. He was suspended for the 2010 college season after accepting improper agent benefits. Mistakes as a 20-year-old don't necessarily portend a life of crime. But racking up more parking tickets than career college receptions (93 to 86) doesn't do much to change that perception.

As for how Little came to the Browns, it's an interesting story.

Cleveland had the sixth-overall pick heading into April's draft. The pre-draft scuttlebutt was that they would probably add one of the two game-changing wide receivers -- either AJ Green or Julio Jones. The Bengals ended up taking Green fourth overall and instead of settling on Jones, the Browns made a deal with the Falcons, who landed Jones in exchange for their 27th, 59th, and 124th selections in 2011, as well as their first- and fourth-rounders in 2012 NFL. That's a lot to give up for one player, but Atlanta thinks Jones could be the final piece to their Super Bowl puzzle.

Meanwhile, the Browns were praised for the move, even if they didn't land one of the two best wideouts in the draft. What they got instead were enough picks to add depth to a roster desperately in need of it. And they got their big-play wide receiver, too, drafting Little 59th overall.

You could make the argument that the difference between Jones and Little isn't worth what the Falcons gave up to get Jones. And in that sense, the Browns appear to have made out. Except that Jones, by all accounts, is a high-character guy. Little still has a long way to go, but has said he learned a lot from his 2010 suspension. 

"It was really tough for me, man," Little told the Cleveland Plain Dealer shortly after the Browns drafted him in late April. "I learned a tremendous amount about how to deal with success. I've grown from it. A lot of my morals and values have changed so much just from sitting out that year. I'm so hungry and ready to get back and play, it just baffles me sometimes."

A word of advice: maybe he should let someone else drive him to practice. Like, say, this guy.

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Posted on: June 21, 2011 8:40 pm

Cribbs not pleased to receive parking ticket

J. Cribbs was not pleased to receive this parking ticket.

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In this lockout season when players are saving their money (maybe) and taking part-time jobs, it pays to fight the man if you feel like you’re getting ripped off.

Browns WR Josh Cribbs might be taking it to a new level, though.

Last Friday in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Cribbs walked to his car in a metered parking space only to find a ticket underneath his windshield wiper for having an expired meter. The problem? Cribbs says his meter had 8 minutes remaining (as you can see by the photo above).

Wrote Cribbs on his Twitter account: “Police in cleveland heights just wrote me a ticket & my meter had time left wow..smh can u say not Guilty lol."

Although the ticket cost $15, Cribbs has decided to contest it where he’ll have to pay $50 for the right to appeal it. Even though he called the charge a “scam,” he’s going to buck the system anyway.

Wrote Cribbs: “I'm going to fight it 4everybody who gets a parking ticket b4 the meter expires & can't fight it bc of the court cost!!”

While this potential court case probably isn’t as important as the one winding its way through the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, this one actually might be more exciting to talk about.

Photo courtesy of Josh Cribbs.

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