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Forget About Cribbs Playing any Defense reports that you can pretty much rule out Josh Cribbs playing any defense in 2009, playing either at nickel or safety:

All the minicamps and OTAs are over for the Browns. At no time did Josh Cribbs jump over to the defensive side of the football to play safety or nickel back. It could happen in training camp, but the switch is unlikely. “We’ve really only worked him on offense to this point,” head coach Eric Mangini said.

“I wanted to do that to get him the most familiarity with the system. Like all the guys at this point, there are good things and there are things that aren’t as good. Some of it is just familiarity – new system, new routes, new expectations in terms of depths and reads, sights and hots, and tons of information. We will keep moving down this path, see how it goes, and at some point, hopefully it builds flexibility into where we will work on defense as well.”

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One Response to “Forget About Cribbs Playing any Defense”

  1. Clayton says:

    Assuming Cribbs is in Cleveland, how do those comments from Mangini lead one to conclude that Cribbs will almost certainly not play any defense? I must be missing something.

    Has Fox Sports also declared that we can rule out Steinbach starting at left guard?

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