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Browns KR/WR Cribbs Would Like Bigger Offensive Role

By DARYL RUITER, 92.3 The Fan Browns Beat Reporter
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Cleveland Browns receiver/returner Josh Cribbs / (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Cleveland Browns receiver/returner Josh Cribbs / (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Browns receiver/returner Josh Cribbs just wants to win.

The Browns have done that in 2 of the last 3 games following an 0-5 start be he isn’t satisfied.

Cribbs, who joined Kiley and Booms Tuesday morning on 92.3 The Fan, doesn’t see a team that’s 2-6, he sees a team getting better as the weeks go by.

“You see the progress throughout each game, even though some games we lost you still see progress,” Cribbs said. “You can see the progress and things to come that are going to be good in the future. You want to believe that we’ll be a team that’ll be a contender and be able to stack up wins.

“You can see us start to turn the corner and that’s a great thing.”

RELATED – Audio: Browns WR/KR Josh Cribbs with Kiley and Booms on 92.3 The Fan.

Cribbs, who has made the bulk of his contributions this season on special teams, always thinks he can do more.

He’d like to do it on offense.

“You don’t want to be the, ‘me guy,’ the guy that always asks to get in,” Cribbs said. “But if we were winning it’d be a different story and I’d sit and play my role of special teams. I would definitely love to be able to be on the football field.

“I’m a firm believer in finding ways to get your athletes the football. You have tons of athletes, find what their strengths are, get them the football. Get plays for them. Other coaches have done it, they had me in the wildcat or the slot catching passes.”

Cribbs has just 6 catches for 54 yards and rushed twice for 8 yards this season as a receiver and he would love to increase those numbers dramatically.

“I would love to be able to get on the field more,” Cribbs said. “I feel like I can add so much more to our offense. Such a weapon I feel like I am, not to talk about myself, but I feel like I can bring more to the offense and help the guys out.

“I really should be playing on offense and will leave it alone from there.”

Cribbs is averaging 13.1 yards per punt return and 30.3 yards per ki9ck return in 2012 which ranks him 4th in the AFC and in the NFL in punt return average and 3rd in the AFC and 4th in the NFL in kickoff return average.

During training camp Cribbs vowed to keep quiet about his role unless the team wasn’t winning consistently. Despite winning 2 of 3, Cribbs sees an opportunity to roll off some wins and he’d like to be a reason why.

“We’re not turning that corner as fast as we want,” Cribbs said. “Yes, we need to develop receivers, yes we do but the only problem with that is I want to win now. I want to win as soon as possible. Let’s develop them behind guys who are already proven.”

In his 8th season with the Browns, Cribbs has 106 catches for 1,152 yards and 7 touchdowns. He caught a career best 4 TDs in 2011. He also has rushed 124 times for 719 yards and 2 touchdowns as a Brown.

Cribbs defended critics of Pat Shurmur who don’t feel he is suited for the job and fee that should not keep it beyond 2012.

“You can’t bad talk my coach,” Cribbs said. “They’ve made a lot of progress. Shurmur has been stepping into that role better as a head coach, everybody’s looking like they’re improving.”

Despite being 6-18 under Shurmur and wanting a bigger offensive role, Cribbs sees the big picture coming into focus under the second year head coach.

“Especially with his presence on the field,” Cribbs said. “There’s a difference in being a coordinator and a head coach. Being a head coach you have to deal with everybody’s problems as well as running the team and delegating responsibility. Dealing with all of the players and their different types of personality and issues.

“It’s a lot on the head coach and I think he’s done a great job of bringing the team together.”

Cribbs was asked if he’d like Shurmur to remain as coach.

“I just want to win,” Cribbs said. “So however [Jimmy] Haslam can get that done. I want to win even if it’s keeping coach. I think he’s been doing a good job.

“If [Haslam] believes keeping him is a good thing than I believe it too.”

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