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Perhaps the biggest position battle for the Browns isn't any competition that is between two players for one spot but a battle between positions for the one where Josh Cribbs lands.
Right now, the possibilities are wide receiver, running back and safety. I'll spare you the detailed argument for each (you can check out the pros and cons of each in my Cribbs column from last month here).
The bottom line is, this is a make-or-break season for the Browns in terms of figuring out where Cribbs belongs. With kick returner no longer a viable full-time role for anyone thanks to the new kickoff rule, the time has come when the Browns will have to make a choice. Well, maybe.
About a month ago, I ran a poll asking readers what position they prefer Cribbs play: wide receiver, running back, safety or a multi-position role. Nearly half of voters chose a multi-position role as the best use of Cribbs in 2011. WR came in second with 25 percent of the vote with the remaining fourth roughly split between running back and safety.
So to hear the fanbase tell it, the best choice of position for Cribbs in 2011 is: d. all of the above.
Fans' emotional involvement and blind faith often means their choices in debates such as this miss the mark. But this time, they may well have gotten it right. There's a very good argument for using Cribbs in a number of different roles this season, though to be fair, there's some decent arguments for confining him to a single one of the options as well.
This answer to this particular question may not become clear until the Browns have had a few games to test Cribbs out in various roles. Still, it's something they need to start thinking about right away, so that Cribbs is comfortable and well-prepared for wherever it is that the Browns decide he'll be lining up this season.