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Old 10-13-2010, 11:16 PM   #1
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Steelers cramming for Cribbs
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By Mark Kaboly
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Joshua Cribbs can return punts.

Joshua Cribbs can return kicks.

He's not too bad of a receiver, either, and he has proved to be a pretty good at running the Wildcat offense.

But Cribbs as an every down quarterback for four quarters?

Well, with the instability of the Cleveland quarterback situation heading into Sunday's game at Heinz Field against the Steelers, nothing can be disregarded.

"Well, he did it last year and damn near killed us," linebacker James Farrior said.

Although Cleveland coach Eric Mangini is leaning toward rookie Colt McCoy starting at quarterback because of injuries to Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme, Cribbs may be the Browns' best option against the Steelers.

The former Kent State quarterback turned NFL return specialist and now Cleveland cult hero is confident he could be under center for the Browns for more than a handful of Wildcat plays.

"It is a full package," Cribbs said. "It is not like last year. It is more than enough to run a complete football game out of it."

The Steelers can attest to what Cribbs offers when he comes into the game as a quarterback.

"Last year, he had our number," linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. "We have to stay in our gaps and contain him. If he gets a crease, he is going to take it to the house."

Cribbs lined up in the Wildcat for eight of Cleveland first 14 offensive plays last year at Heinz Field. He ended up taking 13 snaps from center, rushing six times for 45 yards and handing off the other seven times.

In the game at Cleveland, Cribbs ran for 87 yards, including a 37-yarder that set up the only touchdown of the game in a 13-6 Browns win.

"He's done pretty well against us in the past," linebacker James Harrison said. "We haven't really had a solid answer for it yet. We are expecting to get that."

Can Cribbs take every series under center, either by choice or by necessity?

"Heck, yeah," safety Ryan Clark said. "It would be tough to play him like that, but it would be fun. I don't know about throwing, but I know he can break enough tackles and make enough plays to keep you honest."

Cribbs ran the ball only 11 times in five games so far this year as the ground game with Peyton Hillis has been solid. The most carries Cribbs has had in one game this year has been three.

"It would make sense that I would (get more chances), but you never know," Cribbs said. "That's not my call. Whenever we call it, I am prepared to run it and take advantage of the opportunity."

Mangini would like to use Cribbs more, especially against the Steelers, but his other responsibilities have gotten in the way of that up until now.

"He is a special guy with the ball," Mangini said. "He does have the kickoff return, the punt return, and he is playing a decent amount of receiver, so we also have to monitor his reps for him to be effective."

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Old 10-14-2010, 01:25 PM   #2
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You know there's been all this talk about Cribbs and Browns quarterbacks and Big Ben, but no one has talked about Hillis...
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Cribbs - just hit him. and hit him HARD. Even if he does not have the football.
Let him know you plan to knock his lights out...
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You know there's been all this talk about Cribbs and Browns quarterbacks and Big Ben, but no one has talked about Hillis...
Because Hillis is hurt.
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Because Hillis is hurt.
is he? NFL.com is telling everyone to play him if you have him on your fantasy team, so I'm concluding he isn't hurt
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You mean for fantasy purposes? On what planet does NFL.com tell people to start a gimpy Browns running back against a rested Steeler D? Here's the report from NFL's "Start em and Sit em":
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Owners beware -- Peyton Hillis at Steelers: Hillis has been one of the more pleasant surprises in fantasy football, ranking seventh in points among running backs on NFL.com. But against the Steelers, who have allowed an average of fewer than nine fantasy points to opposing runners, Hillis could be in for his worst stat line of 2010.
Everything I've read suggests quite the same: Cribbs is the only danger the Browns present the Steelers, with the defensive line being a distant second.
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You mean for fantasy purposes? On what planet does NFL.com tell people to start a gimpy Browns running back against a rested Steeler D? Here's the report from NFL's "Start em and Sit em":

Everything I've read suggests quite the same: Cribbs is the only danger the Browns present the Steelers, with the defensive line being a distant second.
First off I just wondered why no one mentioned him because he's a big force in both running and reciever. Immagine a 260 pound running back in the Steelers secondary...

But you said he was injured, but on NFL.com, I saw a couple articles fantasy articles about him. I don't know if they start him or sit him, but I figured he wasn't injured due to his presense on the site.

Then you just say articles say to sit him because the Steelers will stuff him, but don't mention where you got the idea that he was injured....

I just read he was injured and didn't practice, which clears it up but your counter arguement was a fail because you couldn't provide any info on whether he was injured or not.
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I just read he was injured and didn't practice, which clears it up but your counter arguement was a fail because you couldn't provide any info on whether he was injured or not.
you gotta be kidding me!

instead of geeking out on fantasy football statistics, perhaps you should watch some REAL football highlights, and read some REAL football updates and reports.

ricardisimo knew hillis was hurt (along with everyone else who WASNT talking about him).


you didnt.

advantage- rico and everyone else.

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you gotta be kidding me!

instead of geeking out on fantasy football statistics, perhaps you should watch some REAL football highlights, and read some REAL football updates and reports.

ricardisimo knew hillis was hurt (along with everyone else who WASNT talking about him).


you didnt.

advantage- rico and everyone else.

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? I dont care about fantasy football at all... It was on the frontpage of nfl.com...

I really didn't know he was hurt.. His response to me thinking he was hurt is still a fail, he didn't relate to anything I said other than I said I saw Hillis on a fantasy football thing. He didn't say anything like "Fantasy leagues say don't play Hillis because he's hurt" he said Fantasy leagues don't play Hillis because Steelers defense is too good.

Like really don't get on me, he started it and didn't finish it, everyone can ****ing **** off.
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