Coaches change in Cleveland every other year. Quarterbacks and schemes come and go with them.
The one constant for the Browns: Josh Cribbs remains the most dynamic guy on the team with the ball in his hand. The Browns beat the Colts 27-19 on Sunday in large part because of Cribbs’ return ability.
He took one kickoff seven yards deep into the end zone and returned it 45 yards. That set up a touchdown. He took a punt return in the fourth quarter back 42 yards to set up the game-sealing touchdown. And he did it on command:
“When I was going out there to catch a punt return, coach Shurmur looked at me and said, ‘we need a play,'” Cribbs told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “When the head coach looks at you and says they need a play, you’ve got to give them a play.”
Cribbs, who also caught three passes for 41 yards, also took a kickoff return last week eight yards deep into the end zone and returned it 51 yards. Some things in Cleveland just don’t change.
While we’re here, a few other thoughts on Cleveland getting to 1-1:
1. Peyton Hillis needs to secure the ball better. His lost fumbles are an issue. There has to be some concern the Brown offensive line couldn’t open bigger holes for him against the Colts too. He’s averaging 3.4 yards-per-carry this year.
2. The Browns secondary remains a strength. Joe Haden did a nice job on Reggie Wayne. Safety T.J. Ward played well against Dallas Clark.
3. Rookie defensive linemen Jabaal Sheard and Phil Taylor both had nice games. That’s a great sign for Cleveland.
4. We know it’s early, but that’s a big road win for the Browns. The schedule is very favorable. They can hang around .500 for a while if they can beat bad teams on the road. Yes, the Colts are a bad team.