Hey Mangini, Get Cribbs The Ball

gary wertmanCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2009

BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns returns a kickoff against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 34-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

On a team that has struggled to get 1st downs not to mention touchdowns, doesn't it make sense to get the ball in your best player's hands as much as you can? Josh Cribbs is the Browns best player when running with the ball. I liked the idea of him being used at wide receiver more this year but maybe that's not the answer. With the emergence of rookie Mohamed Massaquoi as a play maker, it makes sense he needs to be on the field as well.

How about running back? Cribbs is not only illusive but a powerfull runner as well. Hey Mangini, Cribbs as a third down running back. In addition to his kick and punt return duties, I don't think this would be too much to ask. Who knows, if the offense is on the field more, Cribbs may not have to return as many kickoffs. Defenses would have to account for him which would help open up our TE's and WR's. He has already proven he can block, Mangini has praised his blocking at wide receiver. The guy is just a play maker on a team that is starved for play makers. Ten touches a game on offense. Give him ten touches and the big contract he wants. I guarantee you he will earn every penny of it.