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Bruce Arians sees Josh Cribbs as an offensive weapon

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The Cardinals didn’t wind up signing Josh Cribbs earlier this week because of the torn meniscus in Cribbs’ knee, but it sounds like coach Bruce Arians still has his heart set on adding Cribbs to the roster this season.

Arians was asked about Cribbs at the league meetings in Phoenix on Wednesday and said he envisions a big role for the former Browns wide receiver and kick returner. In addition to special teams work, Arians said that he thought Cribbs could help the Cardinals “become more dynamic” on offense in 2013. He talked about lining Cribbs up to take snaps or out of the backfield, but expressed the most interest in seeing Cribbs as a receiver.

“That’s the part I’d like to get my hands on to find out about,” Arians said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Get him out on the grass and see what his positives and his negatives are as a receiver. I know once he gets his hands on the football how dynamic he can be. It’s where do you put him to get his hands on the football.”

Cribbs’ agent J.R. Rickert said that his client actually passed his physical with the Cardinals, but that the team wanted to wait until he was healthy to sign him. That’s expected to be in about five weeks. Assuming it comes to pass, Cribbs looks like he’s in line for a bigger role than he had in Cleveland.

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14 Responses to “Bruce Arians sees Josh Cribbs as an offensive weapon”
  1. Deb says: Mar 20, 2013 4:37 PM

    The more news BA makes in the off season, the more anxious I am to see what he does with the Cardinals in 2013. It’s a difficult assignment, given the QB limitations, but Arians makes the prospects exciting.

  2. tirdbirgler says: Mar 20, 2013 4:40 PM

    Bruce Arians = fired in two years

  3. brownsfanincali says: Mar 20, 2013 4:40 PM

    JC was a QB at Kent State… might be the best QB on the Cardinal’s roster.

  4. thetooloftools says: Mar 20, 2013 5:00 PM

    Cribbs was extremely under utilized here in Cleveland. Why they never put the QB in motion and let him throw the ball I will never know? The new offenses that are going to dominate the NFL are going to make todays “cut and paste” scemes look laughable.

  5. clownsfan says: Mar 20, 2013 5:02 PM

    Ok here’s the reality: Cribbs played for 3 different regimes. He played on a Cleveland team that has been absolutely STARVED of QB and WR talent. Now if NONE of the GMs/HCs/OCs in any of those regimes saw any potential in this guy as a legitimate NFL caliber WR doesn’t it stand to reason that they’d play him? Cribbs was a Special Team stud. Nothing more. I wish him the best.

  6. jgfromthenw says: Mar 20, 2013 5:07 PM

    I agree with the almighty tirdbirgler, Arians will be gone in two years.

  7. tirdbirgler says: Mar 20, 2013 5:07 PM

    Bruce Arians = Cam Cameron with a beret.

  8. footballfather says: Mar 20, 2013 5:08 PM

    “Josh Cribbs was a QB” = :D

    “Josh Cribbs was a QB at Kent State = :(

  9. stevincinci says: Mar 20, 2013 5:42 PM

    Whose to say he won’t sign with some other team in those 5 weeks. AZ will lose out on him.

  10. Deb says: Mar 20, 2013 5:48 PM

    @tirdbirgler …

    Bruce Arians earned a Super Bowl ring as an offensive coordinator. The Ravens didn’t earn their last Super Bowl ring until they fired Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator. Big difference.

  11. egomaniac247 says: Mar 20, 2013 5:50 PM

    Speaking as a Cardinals fan….I’m willing to trust BA, at the very least it seems like he has a plan he’s following.

    That said……I haven’t heard a peep out of any other team being interested in Cribbs.

  12. cbfalex says: Mar 20, 2013 5:50 PM

    As a Browns fan i know, you will see cribbs line up a reciever a few times, he will run awful routes and droip balls then he’ll be benched on complain that he is not being used properly thank god hes gone, overrated kick return ( i think he last touchdown was 2009) and awful reciever

  13. jthammerstix says: Mar 20, 2013 10:20 PM

    As a Browns fan i know, you will see cribbs line up a reciever a few times, he will run awful routes and droip balls then he’ll be benched on complain that he is not being used properly thank god hes gone, overrated kick return ( i think he last touchdown was 2009) and awful reciever

    Dude he made a lot of really acrobatic and tough catches. Some of those were for tds. The browns certainly could have performed better on the field if he was used in more bubble screen situations, etc.

  14. mrfrostyj says: Mar 21, 2013 9:45 AM

    Here’s the thing about Cribbs, his best offensive season was with Eric Mangini who is a coach who specializes in getting great production out of players you would never think you could get that production out of. (look at the drop off in “skill” of his players once he left Jets and Browns and the “much better” coaches took over).

    With that being said Cribbs is not a very good receiver and the one NFL game he started at QB he was horribly inaccurate but he could probably be a VERY good running back. He always got good yardage if he got the ball in the backfield while in motion. I would go as far to say that he would be a huge upgrade for the Cardinals at running back.

    It’s an opportunity he would never get in Cleveland outside of Mangini as running back has never been a need for them during his time.

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