Former Browns wide receiver and special-teams ace Josh Cribbs had some explaining to do tonight.
Cribbs was quoted by Newsday -- he claims misquoted -- after his current team, the New York Jets, suffered a 49-9 loss Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals, and the comments were classic bulletin-board material. The story was published on the newspaper’s website tonight.
"We're not the Browns," Cribbs said, according to Newsday. "We're not the team that gives up. We have fight in this team. They're a motivated bunch of young guys. I'm just happy to be here and be able to contribute. ... Love it here.”
Cribbs also reportedly mentioned former Browns and Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards while explaining that his new team expects its players to “play like a Jet.”
“The GM [John Idzik] takes that to the heart,” Cribbs said, according to Newsday. “Like Braylon Edwards. He could've played here, but they said ‘he didn't play like a Jet. Get him out of here.’ So last week [the Jets’ win against the New England Patriots] proved to me that this is not the Browns. If we were, we would've lost those games.”
After receiving backlash on social media, Cribbs wrote, via Twitter, that he was misquoted. Either way, those quotes will be a hot topic leading up to Dec. 22, when the Browns (3-5) visit the Jets (4-4).
Cribbs spent eight seasons with the Browns and made three Pro Bowls as a kick returner before the new regime let him walk this year in free agency. Cribbs signed with the Jets on Oct. 15, two months after the Oakland Raiders cut him during training camp.