ATENEARS Posted October 13, 2010 Report Share Posted October 13, 2010 The Steelers fear Josh Cribbs ... they have never found an answer to containing him. More than ever, and with Cribbs needing (and due) a break-out game in this young season, we will be relied upon. Since joining the Browns in 2005, Cribbs has had many memorable moments against the Steelers including a highlight reel, tip-toe touchdown return of a kickoff in 2007 along with a subzero 2009 win, where Cribbs single-handedly was taking apart both the Steelers defense and special teams units. Once again, both the Browns and Cribbs look to try and get the better of their longtime rival and Cribbs will hopefully get a chance to return kicks and spark an offense that looks to be led by rookie quarterback Colt McCoy for the first time. In 2010, teams have either been kicking short or away from Cribbs and he only has a mediocre return average of 20./2 yards per return and a punt return average of 6.2 yards. The Browns need to find someone to play the short kick and make teams pay by gaining good position with each wuss-out kick. I liked Lawson, but I believe we waived him after a DUI this past off-sesson, so James Davis, Harrison, or even Vickers or Hillis is going to have to plow it forward if the Steelers elect to kick short and away from Cribbs. It is in the Steelers' best interest to keep the ball away from Cribbs too because he has some great numbers in his career when playing the Steelers. Josh Cribbs has three kick returns for touchdowns vs. the Steelers in his career. In 10 career games against the Steelers, Cribbs has returned a total of 37 kicks for 969 yards and three touchdowns for an average of 26.1 yards per return. He has also returned 13 punts for 156 yards for an average of 12 yards per punt return. Tack on 17 rushing attempts for 144 yards and an average of 8.47 yards per carry and Cribbs' specialty versus the Steelers is obviously in the return game and running the ball out of the backfield. The Browns haven't used the Wilddawg formation much this season because of the success of Hillis and the run game, but look for Cribbs to spell Hillis and Colt McCoy on Sunday. With McCoy taking first team reps, look for the Browns to sprinkle in a good amount of Wilddawg snaps for Cribbs to utilize his ability to make plays with the ball in his hands and to lessen the pressure on McCoy's shoulders since this will be his first NFL start. This could be Cribbs legacy ... his pay dirt is in making the Steelers pay. Numbers taken from a similar article in The Bleacher report Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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