Josh Cribbs said this week that the Browns had some tricks up their sleeves in their offense. They pulled them off, but in the end, it was still not enough for them in a 13-12 loss to the Rams.
After the loss, Cribbs said one word to describe how he felt and how the team felt about the loss to St.Louis.
Cribbs had a big part in the Browns offense, catching three passes for 32 yards and he returned a kickoff 27 yards. He did commit the big turnover of the day, a fumble on a punt that eventually allowed the Rams to kick the game-winning field goal in the 13-12 win.
“No excuse, (it’s) just embarrassing,” Cribbs said. “We all play hard. Everybody plays hard. But not to be able to take care of business, holding onto the football. I will only speak for me as far as ‘not in this house.’ We’re not going to question anybody’s effort, but taking care of the football, which is gold, that’s embarrassing for me.”
When describing the fumbled punt return, Cribbs said he was simply trying to make something happen, but instead it backfired.
“Sometimes, that can get me in trouble, but I’m still trying to make big plays,” Cribbs said. “I should have double-wrapped the ball and just went down. I was trying to make stuff happen. I was trying to do too much, break a tackle, get them off me and another guy came up.
“I try to look myself in the mirror every game. It’s not my effort. I want to win games. I’m not disappointed in myself in that aspect. It’s just when stuff like that happens, as a pro, I’ve got to be like, ‘Hey, worry about that after the game. We’ve still got a chance to win.’ We’re not good enough to come back from stuff like that.”
Cribbs also spoke about the fans on Sunday, and said he and the team are trying to win for the home crowd.
“We try to win for our fans,” Cribbs said. “It’s hard to keep asking them to root for us, even though they do anyway. I respect them a hell of a lot more now, each and every week, each and every year. Guys are out there busting their tails, bleeding, scraping, scrapping, trying to figure out something. They made less mistakes. In a low-scoring game like that, the team that makes the least mistakes is going to win. We’ve got to win games like that.”