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Cribbs' agent angry with Browns

Away from the field, the past several months have involved plenty of friction between the Browns and receiver Josh Cribbs.  The player believes the owner promised to give him a new contract last December; the team has denied that assertion.  Periodic whispers of a possible holdout and/or walkout emerged.

On the field, all has been well.  Cribbs has been a good soldier, honoring his word to the organization and waiting for the organization to honor its word to him.

After Cribbs was sent to the hospital last night via a hot potato routine that wasn’t going to erase the 16-point deficit no matter how many trombone players it knocked down, his agent sounded off regarding the decision to call a high-risk play under hopeless conditions.

“I can’t even put into words how upset I am at them for leaving him in
like that,” agent J.R. Rickert told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer via text message.

Ravens defensive end Trevor Pryce didn’t like it, either.

“Running a play like that when you’re down 16 — what are you trying to
prove?” Pryce said.  “I don’t understand it.  I don’t want to say
something like that, but heck, it’s the truth.  Bad things happen when
you do something like that.  When people are running around like crazy,
somebody’s going to get hurt.”

In this case, somebody did get hurt.  And in their effort to make the latest defeat less embarrassing, the Browns sacrificed the one guy on the team most likely to help them get another win.

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50 Responses to “Cribbs' agent angry with Browns”
  1. realityonetwo says: Nov 17, 2009 11:40 AM

    Somehow Mangini will find a way to fine Cribbs for this…

  2. Cubano says: Nov 17, 2009 11:40 AM

    Way to go Mangenius! Way to get another one of your players hurt. I think you should add an extra hour to practice to make sure they know how to run your plays. Dip-Shit!

  3. ParkerFly says: Nov 17, 2009 11:43 AM

    I have to agree, just take a knee and accept your defeat. No sense in getting someone hurt.

  4. schism says: Nov 17, 2009 11:45 AM

    Mangini thought he could get a 10 point conversion

  5. CTownCBI says: Nov 17, 2009 11:46 AM

    The witch hunt on Mangini has been incredulous. There is plenty of blame Mangini should shed, but playing your best players isn’t one of them.
    Question: If Manning was down 2 scores and there was 3 seconds left, you think he’d sit out? How about Wayne? How about Randy Moss or Tom Brady?
    Look, I dislike Mangini. A lot. But players get hurt. Shit happens. Cribbs is our only playmaker so I cannot really fault him for wanting to put something on the board.

  6. raybin says: Nov 17, 2009 11:46 AM

    Is there anything this man cannot f-up? Now he’s alienating Cleveland’s best player. I’m beginning to suspect he’s a secret saboteur being paid by the rest of the AFC North just to be sure the Browns remain down and out for the foreseeable future.

  7. JAJ says: Nov 17, 2009 11:47 AM

    Do we really have to wait for the season to end to fire this fat clown? I say dump him & make Rob Ryan HC for the remainder of the season.

  8. bearsrule says: Nov 17, 2009 11:49 AM

    They were going to try and get a TD and then go for the 11 point play. I understand. The only purpose that schoolyard stuff gets you when you are down by 16 is to get players hurt. It’s the only thing the Browns have got right in a long time.

  9. trickbunny says: Nov 17, 2009 11:51 AM

    As much as Mangini is an idiot, Daboll is a stooge, and that last play was ridiculous (what- a lateral for a TD and a 10-point conversion to tie?), the fact remains that J.R. Rickert is a friggin’ bonehead who is *still* just trying to distract from the fact that HE set Cribbs up for the deal he has.
    He bitches and moans, but HE is the one who looked at the long term contract the Browns offered Cribbs, signed off on it, and told Cribbs to take it. He has been trying to change the subject ever since.
    Everybody and their mother knows it was total stupidity to even have Cribbs on the field at that point- we don’t need (a guy who is apparently) one of the dumbest agents in pro sports to tell us so…

  10. mistakebythelake says: Nov 17, 2009 11:51 AM

    i know one thing thats not mangini’s fault. the fact that brady quinn SUCKS!
    we should at least be giving him credit for not letting quinn play the last 8 weeks. at least derek anderson can throw the ball farther than 10 yards.

  11. Youngstown Dan says: Nov 17, 2009 11:52 AM

    These guys make millions of dollars and they are crying about playing until the game is over. It’s a football game and you’re on a football field people get hurt get over it.

  12. RIP__21 says: Nov 17, 2009 11:53 AM

    Bet against the browns every week. Easy $$$

  13. nohio says: Nov 17, 2009 11:54 AM

    Worst offense since the 1933-34 Cincinnati Reds football team. Unbelievable that this coach and his O/C still have a job.

  14. MNRunLeft says: Nov 17, 2009 11:54 AM

    Is there a worse organization in the NFL right now? The Loins didn’t win a game last season, but atleast they had some young playmakers and were building towards the future. Cleveland traded away their two best offensive players, have barely given Quinn at QB even though they traded back up into the first round to get him. If your going to be as bad as the Browns are atleast get your young players out there and see what they can do, no need to have Jamal Lewis getting a majority of the carries when he’s come out and said he’s going to retire after the season.

  15. CTownCBI says: Nov 17, 2009 12:00 PM

    @ trickbunny
    Rickert is an idiot. He didn’t realize (as most people didn’t) how good Cribbs was going to be, so he told him to take the deal and smile. Now, Cribbs is his highest profile player and wants to milk him for all he’s worth.
    Should Cribbs’ contract be restructured? Yes. But I don’t know how much.
    Also, let us not forget that it was Savage, not ManKok who promised a raise.

  16. 4EVERABRN says: Nov 17, 2009 12:04 PM

    Mangina is wanting to trade Cribbs to the Jets. he thinks he is still their coach.

  17. KingJoe! says: Nov 17, 2009 12:05 PM

    At this point any player any time could tell Mangini to kiss their respective backside and it wont matter in the long run. Does anyone think Mangini wont be fired at the latest, the day the season ends?

  18. olskool711 says: Nov 17, 2009 12:05 PM

    “Cribb’s Agent Angry with Browns”
    Grab a ticket and stand in line bozo.
    Fans angry with Browns
    The Browns fans had a chance last night to send a clear message to Lerner (we want you to sell now!).
    But, they let em off the hook.
    Nice protest bozos.
    The problem begins at the very top in this case.

  19. johnnydom says: Nov 17, 2009 12:05 PM

    Why hasn’t anyone called for Dabols job yet, we fired Carthon last year for a terrible offense. Last years offense looks like the Colt’s offense compared to this years pathetic, embarassing display of what they say is offense.
    If Lerner is really listening to the fans maybe he should turn on the TV and listen to the media blast his awful unfun, unwatchable team. Bring in the football czar now and show the fans that this is unacceptable to you now also.
    We still have 7 games to go, no way will I waste another minute watching this crap anymore.
    Go Browns and take the Indians with you.

  20. ignoringthehaters says: Nov 17, 2009 12:07 PM

    So everyone sounds off after they have access to the results? LAME. What do you want them to do? Take a knee when down by 16 points? Everyone knows they weren’t going to win that game, but there is more to individual games than who wins. The Browns are trying to get ANYTHING positive going, scoring would have helped. A guy ended up getting hurt, it happens. I suppose they could have run it up the middle with Lewis, but what if he got hurt, would you haters then rip Mangini for that too? Nevermind I already know the answer

  21. bobcat92 says: Nov 17, 2009 12:09 PM

    I cannot believe someone actually said take a knee and accept defeat. Who does that. Players should go all out until the final whistle, if you get hurt so be it.

  22. TheDPR says: Nov 17, 2009 12:17 PM

    During the game I was feeling like the OL didn’t give Quinn time to throw and that’s why he looked so bad.
    Then on first and second down on the final drive Quinn COULDN’T EVEN HIT THE FOOTBALL FIELD WITH TWO CONSECUTIVE TRIES.
    Cribbs and Harrison are the only real talents on that offense and neither of them are used correctly by Fredo.

  23. olskool711 says: Nov 17, 2009 12:18 PM

    johnnydom:
    There isn’t a Browns fan, football fan, or television viewer who hasn’t called for Daboll’s head on a stick for months.
    Where have you been?
    http://www.dawgtalkers.net

  24. irishgary says: Nov 17, 2009 12:23 PM

    I realize Mangini is an idiot and the Browns dysfuntional, but this agent is a real bozo too. He wants HIS player pulled??????
    The Browns will probably hire him.

  25. odds75to1 says: Nov 17, 2009 12:24 PM

    And none of you Browns fans come to Detroit to watch ‘em either! We don’t want anyone in the stands at Ford Field anymore than you want them in your stadium! If it weren’t the Packers coming to town for Turkey Day, we wouldn’t sell out then either!
    Stupid Billionaire owners who don’t know or give a shit about the football team – just the $$$

  26. trickbunny says: Nov 17, 2009 12:24 PM

    johnnydom says:
    November 17, 2009 12:05 PM
    Why hasn’t anyone called for Dabols job yet, we fired Carthon last year for a terrible offense.
    ———————————————-
    Not to split hairs, but there have been two OCs between Carthon and Daboll. Carthon was fired after 2006. And Carthon got to screw crap up for a year and a half before he was kicked to the curb…

  27. Your comment submission failed for the following reasons: Registration is required. says: Nov 17, 2009 12:25 PM

    “Rickert is an idiot. He didn’t realize (as most people didn’t) how good Cribbs was going to be, so he told him to take the deal and smile. Now, Cribbs is his highest profile player and wants to milk him for all he’s worth.”
    ===========
    Quick fact-check: Rickert never told Cribbs anything. Cribbs had another agent when he signed that deal. He then decided he wanted a new deal, hired a new agent (Rickert), and the new agent doesn’t get paid a time until Cribbs signs a new contract.

  28. Your comment submission failed for the following reasons: Registration is required. says: Nov 17, 2009 12:28 PM

    “Do we really have to wait for the season to end to fire this fat clown? I say dump him & make Rob Ryan HC for the remainder of the season.”
    ==========
    Don’t hold your breath. This is The Randolph we’re talking about, whose every fiber of his being cries out against making difficult decisions, whose M.O. is to opt for the most expedient option to get his ass back to NY or London ASAP and say, “what else do you want me to do?”
    There’s a greater risk of him giving Mangini a contract extension if he exceeds expectations by winning a second game than of there is a chance Lerner fires him for next year…

  29. C.Bass says: Nov 17, 2009 12:28 PM

    Only the browns can figure out a way to get their only good player hurt on a meaningless last play of the game.
    BTW, Lerner owes Mangini, Crennel and Savage a total of $25 million. Make that $30 million if you include Donte Stallworth.
    The clowns just played their last MNF game for a long time.
    And you fans PAY to go watch that? Really? What part is fun? They have scored 5 TDs in the last 60 quarters. The Saints D has more TDs this season.
    I’m not saying you shouldn’t be fans, I’m just wondering why you would pay to go see a team struggle to score FGs.

  30. Kage10 says: Nov 17, 2009 12:34 PM

    Quinn was overrated. He sucked at ND and now he sucks even worse for Cleveland. What did he ever do for the Irish? Nothing. Why not fire that stupid looking Mangini now? Why wait? do they really think it’s gonna get better? how can a team suck as bad as the Browns?? HOW? A team can ONLY suck that bad if the coach sucks that bad. The players need to stop their whining and start playing…I don’t want to hear it. Play the game and shut up. You don’t get to run your mouth if you are losing all of the damn time.

  31. steveinohio says: Nov 17, 2009 12:34 PM

    I think it was a stupid call too, but that agent needs to shut the hell up. He belongs to the Cleveland Browns and they can run any play they want. If he is worried about his client’s boss making bad decisions that could get him hurt, he should have convinced him to sign a professional bowling contract. or better yet hold out to sign a contract with a team that wouldn’t hire a dumbass head coach. there’s no crying in football.

  32. C.Bass says: Nov 17, 2009 12:49 PM

    bobcat92:
    Yes people get hurt. However you don’t have to put them in situations where they are more likely to get hurt. Throw a hail mary. But don’t put your star player in a position where he’s more likely to get injured when you have zero chance at winning the game.
    This is why the browns can’t get top free agents. This is why Shawn Rodgers isn’t coming back. This is why the browns will continue to stink.

  33. CapsLockKey says: Nov 17, 2009 12:54 PM

    Browns were trying to avoid a shut out at home. It’s as simple as that. Nothing is more deflating to a team than laying a goose egg in your own house. Injuries happen. If it was to someone other than Cribbs it wouldn’t even be a story.

  34. CTownCBI says: Nov 17, 2009 12:54 PM

    Quick fact-check: Rickert never told Cribbs anything. Cribbs had another agent when he signed that deal. He then decided he wanted a new deal, hired a new agent (Rickert), and the new agent doesn’t get paid a time until Cribbs signs a new contract.
    ___________________________________________________
    Thank you for the clarification.

  35. Big G says: Nov 17, 2009 1:05 PM

    Maybe they should make ignoring the haters the coach. You are a bigger idiot than manginiif at all possible. How can you open your mouth & say they should have ran that play. Are you kidding you can’t win in that situation & you can only get hurt by it, which is what happened. The Browns could not beat 3 out of top 5 in college football. They were pathetic last night. They show nothing on offense, no system, nothing, defense did a good job, but they do not score points for the team. They suck & it is clear that the players do not care for there Coach, nor should they.

  36. AirlineGuy says: Nov 17, 2009 1:14 PM

    CTownCBI says: November 17, 2009 11:46 AM
    The witch hunt on Mangini has been incredulous. There is plenty of blame Mangini should shed, but playing your best players isn’t one of them.
    Question: If Manning was down 2 scores and there was 3 seconds left, you think he’d sit out? How about Wayne? How about Randy Moss or Tom Brady?
    ***********************
    I’d be willing to bet that Brady or Manning wouldn’t be running around like a chicken with his head cutoff, or throwing blocks on a reverse. Probably wouldn’t even be throwing a hail mary but instead taking a knee or handing the ball off.

  37. packerjoeZ says: Nov 17, 2009 1:19 PM

    I get all this “battle to the end” bullcrap, but, as you’re watching games, look at the clock when some teams are winging it around down three scores with less than five minutes in the game (having scored maybe a touchdown to that point) and ask yourself if this is anything more than a losing coach trying to put lipstick on a pig.

  38. Jackhall says: Nov 17, 2009 1:27 PM

    The guy plays on a horrible team and was trying to make a play on Monday night–it is his own fault.
    Can we please fit one more lame Stanford band joke in the next update?? Please?

  39. Entrwriter says: Nov 17, 2009 1:29 PM

    Way to go CTownCBI, someone here does know how to use the thing called the Google.

  40. ignoringthehaters says: Nov 17, 2009 1:29 PM

    Big G,
    From you that is a compliment. You clearly know nothing of football, or the English language. They have night classes for morons like you. Where did I ever say they should have ran that play? Quit twisting my words and READ THEM!!! So what do you want them to do? Kneel every play? Put the backups in? Oh please baffle us with your wisdom

  41. olskool711 says: Nov 17, 2009 1:32 PM

    Randy “still has faith in Eric”
    Eric still has faith in Daboll
    The fans have no faith in Randy, Eric, Daboll, Jamal, AnderQuinn, the receivers, and 90% of the offensive line.
    ps. if Lerner owes 25 million to those 3, what happens if he has to add Kokinis’s salary to that? Is he going to have to jump up interest rates on the credit cards he enslaves common people with?
    Time for a complete demolition and re-build from the Owner on down.

  42. Kevin from Philly says: Nov 17, 2009 1:33 PM

    Aparently Mangini works them too hard on kick returns, too.

  43. BatteryChucker says: Nov 17, 2009 1:35 PM

    Mangini will hold a press conference to say that Belichick would have done the same thing, and he’s just like Bill.

  44. thekillerkeller says: Nov 17, 2009 1:45 PM

    Brady Quinn does not suck for the record, this is coming from a Bengals fan. Fact is, he is always under pressure because the Clowns O-line sucks, period. The kid can’t even plant his back foot on a three step drop!

  45. buck2355 says: Nov 17, 2009 2:26 PM

    Mangina & Daboll both should be fired they don`t know shit about football. Mangina does still think he is the NYJ coach too,whats with that shit. Romeo looks like he should be coach of the year compared to the offense these Bozo`s field. when will something become of all this crap, i am sick and tired of all of it.

  46. buck2355 says: Nov 17, 2009 2:29 PM

    By the way Brady Quinn does SUCK and so does the rest of offense. He will never make a good quarterback in Cleveland or in the NFL

  47. Richm2256 says: Nov 17, 2009 2:43 PM

    “we should at least be giving him credit for not letting quinn play the last 8 weeks. at least derek anderson can throw the ball farther than 10 yards.”
    Yeah, just not to a Browns receiver.

  48. Dawgpound2009 says: Nov 17, 2009 3:58 PM

    Just when you think that Bill Belicheck makes the bonehead call of the year – Leave it to his greatest disciple Eric Ratgini to top him ! What is the point of running a “hook and ladder”/Stanford-Cal play when you are down by 16 with :05 seconds left ? To top if off, you get your best offensive player gets pancaked !
    Its time to do what should have been done before the bye-week, Fire Daboll and Ratgini now! Each game they regress further and further into mediocrity! Maybe losing to the Lions will be the wake up call that Dandy Randy needs to get it through thick skull to fire these bums.

  49. tobago says: Nov 17, 2009 9:43 PM

    Josh Cribbs should not resign with this bunch of idots, he is a good guy and a good player, he deserves much better. Bills coach was fired today, Lerner you are next get rid of this idot.

  50. Route36West says: Dec 10, 2009 9:40 PM

    PAY THIS MAN. If the Browns dont do it someone else will. This is the first time Ive seen him play in like 2 years and hes a beast. If he was on any other team he would be one of the biggest names in the league. Im pretty sure him and his agent know that too. So now that they dont have to worry about paying Edwards they can focus on getting this guy paid.

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