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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Cribbs gets Cleveland worked up from NY

By Pat McManamon

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:

Who's got a Josh Cribbs jersey I can burn

— Josh Baird (@BadNews_Baird) October 29, 2013

If the Browns quit when @JoshCribbs16 was on the team, that's partly on him. He loved waving the pom-poms and saying he was a "leader."

— NOTSCCleveland (@NOTSCCleveland) October 29, 2013
Which prompted Cribbs to state that he was misquoted:

Wow Browns fans why all the hate? Years of loyalty & one miss quote in an article an u now wish (cont) http://t.co/CYmJN18sbm

— Josh Cribbs (@JoshCribbs16) October 29, 2013
Which, naturally, brought more ridicule:

Maybe @JoshCribbs16 didn't mean it to sounds as bad as it did... but it was still a shot and now he's hiding from it like a coward. Sad.

— ClevelandStrikesBack (@ClevStrikesBack) October 29, 2013

Of course @JoshCribbs16 is saying he was misquoted. What a joke. #washedup

— Tom (@gobuckeyes216) October 29, 2013
Which brought a placid response from Cribbs:

Yea spell check got me but I'm sure u guys understand what was said, if u want to hate me, curse (cont) http://t.co/ajG46T5ClP

— Josh Cribbs (@JoshCribbs16) October 29, 2013
Perhaps from a Cleveland perspective, this guy got it right:

"like omg josh cribbs this, josh cribbs that." Who gives a damn anymore?

— Faux Sports Ohio (@FauxSportsOhio) October 29, 2013