We’ve got to hand it to Browns receiver/Wildcat quarterback/punt returner/do whatever else they want him to do Josh Cribbs. Mired in a 1-11 season and firmly believing that the new regime reneged on a promise made last December by owner Randy Lerner to address his woefully outdated contract, Cribbs continues to bring his absolute best each week.
More importantly, he has maintained a youthful optimism and enthusiasm under distinctly crappy circumstances.
“This is our rival right here,” Cribbs told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols after last night’s victory over the Steelers. “This is the team that our fans will forgive us for this season. . . . All they wanted for Christmas is for us to beat this team. We didn’t have a good winning season. This is as much as we can do for own fans and our team. We practiced hard, we played hard to beat this team, and we did it.”
In comments distributed by the team, Cribbs continued to gush.
Maybe a little too much.
‘It means everything,” Cribbs said. “I think our fans are going to have a Merry Christmas. There are a lot of Steeler fans around the city so I hope people go to work and kick those Steeler fans.”
Actually, Cribbs has given the Browns another reason to give him a new deal. Based on his comments, he might soon need the money to help bail out the various Browns fans who start swinging their shoes in the direction of their black-and-yellow coworkers and/or neighbors.