Cribbs gets Cleveland worked up from NY

October, 29, 2013
10/29/13
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Josh Cribbs drew the Twitter ire of Cleveland Browns fans with one simple comment after the Jets were blown out by the Bengals on Sunday.

"We're not the Browns," the special-teams specialist told Newsday after Sunday's game. "We’re not the team that gives up. We have fight in this team."

OK then.

Cribbs then did a spin on one of his more well-known quotes after a Browns' loss to Pittsburgh. In Cleveland, he said the Browns were "going to take this loss and run with it."

With the Jets, he told Newsday: "It's good that [the loss] comes now because we're still in the mix of this." The paper's headline even said that Cribbs was able to see the bright side.

Cribbs was a Cleveland favorite in his years with the Browns, and many fans were disappointed when the team did not re-sign him in the offseason. But he would occasionally find himself in trouble for saying too much. He's available, friendly and over-the-top candid, and as losing wore on him he wore his disgust and frustration on his sleeve -- especially when he discussed his contract status. These kinds of statements are not untypical of him.

The brouhaha led to some interesting back and forth on Twitter, with Browns fans first letting Cribbs know their ... ahem ... thoughts.

Among the tamer comments Cribbs heard:

Which prompted Cribbs to state that he was misquoted:

Which, naturally, brought more ridicule:

Which brought a placid response from Cribbs:

Perhaps from a Cleveland perspective, this guy got it right:

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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