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08:04 AM ET 05.21 | NFL rules changes may spell the end of Josh Cribbs in a Browns uniform. [Cribbs] still throws his body around without care for his own bones or ligaments. But unless he is willing to play for substantially less than the $1,438,000 he will make this season -- the final year of his contract -- the Browns might choose to let him walk after 2012 because rule changes last year in the name of player safety neutered Cribbs and all the other dangerous kick returners. Cribbs will be 30 before the 2013 season begins. Cribbs is a hard-nosed punt returner, but kick returns are -- or were -- his specialty. The biggest rule change was moving kickoffs from the 30 to the 35.

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May 21, 2012  08:15 AM ET

If so, he should consider it like hitting the lottery.

May 21, 2012  08:15 AM ET

After every touchdown, we're now guaranteed about 10 minutes of dead time before play resumes, between the commercials, the mandatory review, the commercials, the touchback, and the commercials. More Flo than Football, I'm afraid.

May 21, 2012  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If so, he should consider it like hitting the lottery.

I'm sure he's counting them. Probably for the past three years.

May 21, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Something I've noticed over the last couple of seasons is how adept punters have become at dropping the ball on the 10, with a lot of hang time so there's no return.

Suppose, just for the sake of argument, that special teams start working on coffin-corner kickoffs. Since the kicker no longer has to put everything he's got into the kick, it gives him a chance to put the ball up higher, letting the coverage get there, and by taking a bit off he can get the ball to bounce on the 10.

Wouldn't it be funny if teams started doing this, actually turning Goodell's No Fun League rule change into more fun?

May 21, 2012  08:36 AM ET

The Browns would be doing him a big favor by cutting him.

May 21, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Cribbs Days in Cleveland Numbered? That's fantastic news for him!!

May 21, 2012  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Something I've noticed over the last couple of seasons is how adept punters have become at dropping the ball on the 10, with a lot of hang time so there's no return.Suppose, just for the sake of argument, that special teams start working on coffin-corner kickoffs. Since the kicker no longer has to put everything he's got into the kick, it gives him a chance to put the ball up higher, letting the coverage get there, and by taking a bit off he can get the ball to bounce on the 10.Wouldn't it be funny if teams started doing this, actually turning Goodell's No Fun League rule change into more fun?

DD, that would be awesome! At this point with kickoffs, I don't see why they don't just place the ball at the 20 and not waste the time with the kickoff. Wouldn't that suit Goodamn's purposes?

May 21, 2012  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Something I've noticed over the last couple of seasons is how adept punters have become at dropping the ball on the 10, with a lot of hang time so there's no return.Suppose, just for the sake of argument, that special teams start working on coffin-corner kickoffs. Since the kicker no longer has to put everything he's got into the kick, it gives him a chance to put the ball up higher, letting the coverage get there, and by taking a bit off he can get the ball to bounce on the 10.Wouldn't it be funny if teams started doing this, actually turning Goodell's No Fun League rule change into more fun?

He would fine them

May 21, 2012  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

DD, that would be awesome! At this point with kickoffs, I don't see why they don't just place the ball at the 20 and not waste the time with the kickoff. Wouldn't that suit Goodamn's purposes?

Think positively. In the old days, you barely had time to go out to the beer fridge in the garage for a refill. Now, you can empty your bladder, stir the chili, slice the cheese, turn the ribs and brats on the grill, find the opener and pour a microbrew into a frosted glass before play resumes.

May 21, 2012  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Think positively. In the old days, you barely had time to go out to the beer fridge in the garage for a refill. Now, you can empty your bladder, stir the chili, slice the cheese, turn the ribs and brats on the grill, find the opener and pour a microbrew into a frosted glass before play resumes.

And still have some quality time with the wife (or girl of your choice) too. For those foolishly thinking, quality time doesn't require conversation.

May 21, 2012  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Cribbs Days in Cleveland Numbered? That's fantastic news for him!!

+1

Like getting paroled from a 10 yr prison sentence early

May 21, 2012  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Something I've noticed over the last couple of seasons is how adept punters have become at dropping the ball on the 10, with a lot of hang time so there's no return.Suppose, just for the sake of argument, that special teams start working on coffin-corner kickoffs. Since the kicker no longer has to put everything he's got into the kick, it gives him a chance to put the ball up higher, letting the coverage get there, and by taking a bit off he can get the ball to bounce on the 10.Wouldn't it be funny if teams started doing this, actually turning Goodell's No Fun League rule change into more fun?

would be wonderful....kickoffs are now BORING...........

May 21, 2012  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

And still have some quality time with the wife (or girl of your choice) too. For those foolishly thinking, quality time doesn't require conversation.

LOL............

May 21, 2012  10:29 AM ET

Considering outside of maybe Phil Dawson Cribbs does more than anyone else on their team it would still be within the Brown's interest to keep him if it's reasonable.

May 21, 2012  10:33 AM ET

In 2007 and 2009 (his Pro Bowl seasons), Josh excited Cleveland fans with very little else to be excited about. When the other team assuredly scored, the ensuing kick off was ripe with anticipation of JC returning one to the house. After his disastrous 2010 campaign and the rule changes from last year, (not to mention his AWESOME WR skills) and most true Browns fans had enough of him in the first place. He thinks way too highly of himself and his "skills" (just follow him on Twitter) and if the Browns cut him loose, I think the initial backlash from fans will fade into obscurity once the season starts and no one is running back kicks anyway.

May 21, 2012  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

After every touchdown, we're now guaranteed about 10 minutes of dead time before play resumes, between the commercials, the mandatory review, the commercials, the touchback, and the commercials. More Flo than Football, I'm afraid.

Well said

May 21, 2012  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Considering outside of maybe Phil Dawson Cribbs does more than anyone else on their team it would still be within the Brown's interest to keep him if it's reasonable.

Punts and kickoff returns are half of their offensive game plan. tough to make up for that lost production.

May 21, 2012  11:51 AM ET

The Browns lose their most skilled player and now he can go to a real team.
Besides, who punts against the Browns? It's not like they always stop people.

 
May 21, 2012  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

The Browns lose their most skilled player and now he can go to a real team.Besides, who punts against the Browns? It's not like they always stop people.

That's funny. Not only is he NOT their most skilled player, his skills are diminished and about to be rendered useless by the league's changing rules.

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