Pro Bowl returner Josh Cribbs is by far the most talked about and beloved Cleveland Browns player currently on the roster.
Maybe in a few years there will be another player who is more talked about, but as of right now that guy will be a third-stringer sitting on the bench behind two other quarterbacks.
Cribbs, on the other hand, is the face of the team on and off the field and never has there been such a star on this team, or perhaps any other team, who was so famous due to his special team play and overall versatility.
With so many rumors and questions surrounding the Browns this offseason, Cribbs took approximately 30 minutes out of his busy schedule, of preparing for the OTAs which start on Monday May 17 at the Browns headquarters in Berea, to join a live chat on NFL.com with his fans.
I personally took part in this chat and sent in what seemed like at least a dozen questions.
The way things work on these types of chats is that there is a moderator who screens all questions, and there is usually either the player's agent or a PR rep from the Browns looking over all the questions too. Usually the player only answers the questions that are approved by the agent and/or team rep.
I understood this, going into the chat, but I still wanted to submit some hard hitting questions to see if there was a chance that Cribbs would be candid in any answers.
Sadly, Cribbs only answered two of my questions directly, but I did also ask a couple similar questions that were answered, but indirectly to other fans who were asking.
The first one was a question I was prompted to ask since it was reported that the Browns were bringing in rookies (pre-draft) and testing them in their punt return abilities. So it was assumed that Cribbs may not be returning punts in 2010 to better utilize him on offense.
"Of course not. There's not truth to that. I'll be doing everything and more. My job has only increased," said Cribbs in response.
Cribbs will still be in both facets of the return game for both kicks and punts, which takes my theory and finally throws it into the trash.
One solid question asked, and one solid answer to squash all rumors.
The next question he answered of mine, was that of his first impression of meeting Mike Holmgren. Be prepared for a very humorous response.
"My first impression of him was that he was really jolly. He reminded me of Smokey the Bear. He's really friendly. He's really cordial and very inviting," said Cribbs.
A fantastic quote that I'm sure will get back to Holmgren and he too will have a laugh or two about that one.
I also sent in a question regarding the supposed new Wildcat formation that will involve both Cribbs and quarterback Seneca Wallace on the field at the same time, and even though Cribbs did not answer my specific question, he still answered a similar one that was asked by another fan.
"Definitely, it's already in the works," said Cribbs. "We're going to do everything we can to keep the defense on their toes, as far as what's the plan for that particular play."
What a very intriguing formation that will be. I'm sure the Browns will not show that one in the preseason, but rather wait and unleash it unexpectedly in the regular season instead.
Cribbs was also honest about what he has been working to improve in the offseason.
"My stamina. A lot of times I have to play both ways," said Cribbs. "I have to return a ball, as well as stop the person on kickoff. So I have to keep my stamina up to make sure I can be an effective tool on offense as well as special teams."
Cribbs also touched on how he likes to listen to music as part of his pre-game rituals to clam himself down, since he gets really excited on game days, teammate Nick Sorenson is the funniest guy in the locker room, and Cribbs hates playing against the Ravens' defense.
Overall, some information was learned about both the Browns and Cribbs himself, and at the end of his 30 minutes Cribbs issued a closing statement.
"This season, the new-and-improved Browns are looking to be a top competitor in the NFL with great hopes of going into the postseason and being a dangerous team for anybody to encounter. Thanks to all the fans, have a great day," said Cribbs.
Some very optimistic words from one of the best Browns player of the last decade.
(Click here to read the entire NFL.com chat.)