In an interview today on ESPN's "First Take," Browns wide receiver/return man Josh Cribbs said the NFL's lockout is hurting the Browns because they haven't been able to install their new offensive and defensive systems under the guidance of the team's new coaching staff.
In a normal offseason, the Browns would be allowed to hold an extra minicamp because they have a new head coach, Pat Shurmur. The league's first work stoppage since 1987, though, has obviously interfered with Shurmur's transition.
"It does hurt us because at a time when there's not a lockout, teams who have new coaches are allowed a certain amount of time to prepare," Cribbs said. "And because of this lockout, we're not."
However, Cribbs also said several of the Browns' offensive players have been combating the lockout by meeting for workouts organized by quarterback Colt McCoy. So far, those players have held two, three-day training sessions, which they have dubbed "Camp Colt." One was held at the University of Texas in Austin and another at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea.
"Colt has been rounding up the troops and planning short minicamps to get the playbook down pat as much as we can, to get the plays down pat," Cribbs said. "We're really limited on the amount of things we can do because of the amount of information that we have.
"But at the same time, the minicamps that we're having are beneficial. We're getting our throwing down pat and the timing with the quarterback. It's really beneficial ... but we are set back a little bit because of the lockout."