by Ryan Isley
Some athletes talk the talk. Some walk the walk. Josh Cribbs of the Cleveland Browns prefers to tweet the tweet. The last week has not been any difference for the Browns wide receiver/kick returner.
As the NFL Draft was in the third and final day on Saturday, Cribbs took to Twitter to put out the message for teams the Browns will face next season with the following tweet:
Come Get Some.
Those are three words that Cribbs may regret saying when the 2012 season is over, as the Browns are playing eight games against teams who made the playoffs in 2012, including a road game at the New York Giants – the defending Super Bowl champions. Add in games against Philadelphia and San Diego at home and road games at Dallas and Oakland, and Cribbs is right – the Browns schedule is tough.
All of that combined with the Browns going 18-46 in the last four seasons, which is tied for the second-fewest wins in the last four seasons with the Detroit Lions and only worse than the St. Louis Rams (12 wins), coiuld spell a long season for the Browns. That 18-46 record includes a staggering 3-21 against the AFC North.
It looks like teams have already come to get some – and they like what they are getting.
Do you think that this tweet intimidated Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens or James Harrison or Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers? Yeah, I don’t think so either. If anything, it is just going to motivate the powers in the AFC North when they face the Browns next season – like they need extra motivation. Again – the AFC North is 21-3 against the Browns in the last four seasons.
As if being 3-21 in the past four seasons against your division isn’t bad enough, the other three teams in the AFC North had a pretty good draft and all three of their drafts were graded higher than the Browns by CBS Sports and Fox Sports.
But Cribbs is still telling teams to come get some.
Just when that had almost blown over, Cribbs took to Twitter again on Monday to defend team president Mike Holmgren and the front office for their draft. It started with:
After asking if he should believe in Holmgren’s 25+ years of experience or the radio shows, Cribbs also tweeted:
Fans didn’t want the Browns to draft ALL wide receivers as Cribbs suggests of course. What the Browns fans wanted was a playmaking wide receiver to help an offense that led the NFL in dropped passes last season. Browns fans were mostly happy with the team’s selection of running back Trent Richardson and wanted the Browns to continue improving the offense by adding more talent at the wide receiver position.
They wanted the Browns to add a guy who can stretch the field like Mike Wallace for the Steelers, Torrey Smith for the Ravens or A.J. Green for the Bengals, just to name three guys in the Browns’ division. The Browns were led in receptions last season by Greg Little with 61 catches, but Little also tied for second in the NFL with 12 drops on the season.
It should come as no surprise that Cribbs would defend the Browns not taking a wide receiver in the draft. The Browns continue to believe that Cribbs is a viable option at wide receiver despite never having more than 41 catches or 518 receiving yards in a season – the stats he put up in 2011. Prior to last season, Cribbs had just 59 catches for 580 yards in his previous six seasons.
Now that Cribbs has put it out there that the Browns didn’t need to draft a wide receiver, the pressure is on him to deliver in 2012. He needs to show Browns management and fans that the Browns made the right decision during the draft.
Of course Browns fans won’t call out Cribbs for his tweeting or his lack of performance if he isn’t able to back up his words. They are more worried about getting a retweet from the Browns wide receiver or trying to get him to show up for their tailgate parties.
As long as Cribbs continues to be accessible to Browns fans, he is untouchable with criticism – they will just blame it on someone else. Cribbs realizes this, so he will continue to take to Twitter.
Let’s just hope he takes it to the field as well.
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