Why Cribbs could fit

Posted by Darren Urban on March 20, 2013 – 7:21 pm

When the notion first came up of the Cardinals possibly signing free agent Josh Cribbs, it also created the question, just exactly how did he fit? Ostensibly he would be a receiver; Cribbs’ desire to play more offense in Cleveland was not a secret.

But Cribbs’ market isn’t large. His knee surgery has delayed a deal in Arizona. But at least the possibility is out there enough for Bruce Arians to talk a little about it. It was clear that Arians still sees Cribbs as a special teamer first. There are other possibilities though — if he signs — as Arians sees it.

“Having tried to tackle him all these years on returns, that’s the first thing,” Arians said. “He could take it to the house at any point and time. To put him and Patrick (Peterson) back there together would be fun. The ability he brings as an offensive player is unique. It’d be a nice addition if it worked out.”

Cribbs (or Peterson, for that matter) won’t be used at QB in the wildcat formation — “I’m not a wildcat dude,” Arians said — but Cribbs reminds Arians of the offensive versatility of a player he had in Pittsburgh, Antwaan Randle-El.

“I like having those types of guys,” Arians said.

Cribbs had just four catches last season as he fell out of favor with Browns coach Pat Shurmur.

“I’d be anxious to look at his skill set as a receiver,” Arians said. “What could he do to get into our receiver mix?”

Peterson would still be a return man, Arians emphasized. And first Cribbs has to heal, pass a physical and the Cards still have to have interest by then.

But, Arians said, “it would be fun having them both back there. Patrick is dynamic and maybe put them back together and say, ‘Where are you going to kick it?’ ”


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33 Responses to “Why Cribbs could fit”

  1. By Patrick on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Only way I see cribs making sense is if the price is right. Kick offs have been drastically reduced and there has been talk of eliminating them, he is a questionable wide receiver and the receivers are the cardinals strength. So how much do you pay a punt returner when you already have a dynamic return man with Peterson.

  2. By a killer kr3w on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    i thought Arians said maybe peterson will thrown too, remember when u did that post?

  3. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    a killer —

    RE: Peterson throw

  4. By andystandsup on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Guys past 30 with knee injuries usually aren’t a good mix.
    Considering LaRuSH is 6 years younger and had a similar YPA on returns, Darren, any thought (ain’t going to say chance, cuz I know possible reply) of bringing him back?

  5. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    andystands —

    RE: Hyphen

    I wouldn’t totally rule it out. But it doesn’t look great right now.

  6. By djjackson81 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    I say it couldn’t hurt if at one of those one year deals like Cason or Bells deals.

  7. By georgiebird on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Arians is right on- but a little over the top with Stanton

  8. By Eazy E on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    They’d be our only offense if Stanton is the QB. RBs wouldn’t be a factor because everybody would stack the box more than AD got every Sunday last year. Larry unfortunately would have another year where he ain’t used to and Floyd would have another ”down” year because of this pathetic QB play and the TE’ would have no impact because of the QB too. The O-Line is already horrific and with a poor QB, it is magnified even more.

  9. By Eazy E on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    The only way these poor QBs will stop being our starters cardinals fans is if y’all boycott and stop paying for these tickets and season tickets, that is the only way. If y’all keep paying them, they ain’t going to care how much the team sucks. Most franchises don’t give a darn how they do, as long as that money raking in, they could care less. If they do win fine, but if they don’t fine. We don’t need sorry owners, FO personnel, etc. thinking like that and acting like that. The Cardinals are definitely one of those franchises that don’t give a hoot. They don’t spend alot of their money and are in cap hell all the time it seems like. I ain’t paying a dime so I ain’t being a hypocrite. When you go in a man/woman’s pocket, they all of a sudden start to care. People act crazy for a dollar and that’s what we need to force them to do by not paying for this pathetic and horrible product they put out at QB for the last 3 years and if Stanton is the starter this year 4 years.

  10. By Daniel on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren

    Do you think Cardinals will sign OT in the free agency or 2 to get Geno Smith in the first round ?

  11. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Daniel —

    RE: Geno Smith

    I don’t see them signing two FA OL. Maybe one. And it has nothing to do with who they pick in the first round.

  12. By lg on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    hell yea where will they kick it.

  13. By joe 67 on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    A little off topic. I like Coach alot, and like what he says, but I sure hope he changes his mind about the fullback position. Sherman is a horse, and needs to be involved. Maybe BA never had a FB like Sherman before.

  14. By eric on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    awesome….hope it works out.

  15. By marvin on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    we need cribbs to help out on offense and on all kicks

  16. By Dynosoar on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    That would be fun. Then change the Kickoff scrimage line back five (or ten) yards and bring back the Hyphen.With a solid defense and kickoff and punt returners of this calibre, we wouldn’t need to worry about an elite QB.

  17. By Brett n Co. on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Just bring back the Hyphen!! I understand why they want Cribbs but come on already let’s move on.

  18. By Dynosoar on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Sometimes when I read Coach Arians’ comments I think he’s like a kid in a candy store. This doesn’t seem like a business to him (although I’m pretty sure it is.) It seems like he’s as filled with wonder and joy at playing the game as we are watching it.

    “it would be fun having them both back there. Patrick is dynamic and maybe put them back together and say, ‘Where are you going to kick it?’ “

    How often do we hear a Head Coach make a comment one of us posting here would make (and I’ve heard this kind of comment on this board plenty of times.)

    I like where our team is heading, here’s hoping and beleiving we get there.

    NY next Feb and Home Field advantage Feb 1, 2015!

  19. By donttakelosses on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    BA: “We don’t want different factions in the locker room politicking for guys. I’ve always been a one-quarterback guy. If we’re out there competing to see who the quarterback is, we’ve got problems.” Pretty much sums up Cards issues during 2nd half of Whiz tenure. Hoping Stanton can do on filed what BA saw in practice for a year. No reason to doubt, hope springs eternally … until about game 4;)

  20. By cooldaddy79 on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    i like the idea of Cribbs signing, if the man can use all his wheels 100 percent then hell yeah, I love the idea of Peterson and Cribbs joining forces. lol. Peterson didnt do all that well at a statistical point of view last year, but he does have talent and he has fun playing football i think thats onre of the keys to being a winner,. is have fun with it. hone your talents then go play on the

  21. By Safety Guy on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Morning Darren

    Any way we can get the coach to wear a Kongol with at least a Cards Logo on it?

    I like the style, fits with breaking out of the norm… just needs something to make more of a team statement.

  22. By D on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Imagine BA surprises all the national media and is honest with going into the season with Stanton, Hoyer and Lindley as his QB’s. (assuming Palmer is kept in Oak on a restructure deal) Let also say he wants to move Potter to G and is satsified with Brown and Massie at tackle with his good coaching staff.
    That would mean not only would he shock the world by not taking a QB in the draft but only taking maybe one draft pick for the OL to groom for down the road.
    That would open up the draft for AZ to flll many other needs…

    1—D. Jordan OLB/ Jarvis Jones OLB
    2—J. Cyprien SS
    3—B. Winters OG
    4—C. Michael RB
    5—W. Gholston DE
    6—M. Williams TE
    6—S. Commings CB

  23. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply


    What do you like about C Michael? The guy has multiple injuries, slept in at the combine, and spent last year in the doghouse of Coach Sumlin.
    I wouldn’t touch the guy.

  24. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    BA: “We don’t want different factions in the locker room politicking for guys. I’ve always been a one-quarterback guy. If we’re out there competing to see who the quarterback is, we’ve got problems.”

    This is always the issue with a rookie QB playing behind a vet. Even Kurt Warner, who was winning in NY, had fans and most likely teammates talking about Manning being QB. Look at Alex Smith. Same thing.

    A draft for Geno Smith would test Coach Arians theory. One bad half for Stanton could start the politicking for Geno.

    Carrol in Seattle made the bold move to go with the rookie instead of the newly signed vet and it paid off. But what would have happened by week 5 if Flynn would have been named the starter.

    Tough decisions lie ahead. Especially if you hear, the cards at #7 take Geno Smith.

  25. By Louisville Card on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Is BA going to have PP returning both punts and kickoff’s? PP has never returned kickoff’s I’m sure he would be good at it, but it seems like he will be playing offense some too from his comments. I guess he isn’t worried about over using him and PP being gased by the 4th quarter?

  26. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: PP returns

    I don’t expect him on KOR.

  27. By Louisville Card on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    How would BA have both Cribbs and PP back for punt returns then if he isn’t speaking about kickoff’s?

  28. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: Both back

    There’s no rule that says you can’t have two guys deep for a punt.

  29. By clssylssy on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Cribbs didn’t pass the physical the first time around …how many times does he get a bite at the apple and why? The Cards doesn’t need to taken on any new players who are already broken before the season starts. Seems like the Cards have chosen quantity over quality in this FA, whereas our rivals are carefully going after quality. There is a reason Cribbs hasn’t been snapped up and that is because anything is only a good deal if it’s in good working order. Do we really have the luxury of taking on somebody else’s repairs?

  30. By D on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Kid just need some discipline and good coaching….Cards staff did meet with him so there is some interest in the kid…I like S. Taylor more but Cards need a decent size back for pass protection…

  31. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply


    Coach Sumlin is one of my favorite coaches and I would love him to come to AZ if BA doesnt work out.

    OK, that doesn’t sound right. But anyways, I am a fan of Sumlin. If Michael can’t play for him, that is a huge question mark. Le Veon Bell is a much better choice if we go RB.

    But as I said yesterday, I truly believe Arians is going to stick with BPA. It will be interesting who he views as the top 7 guys.

    Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Star Lutolelei, Chance Warmack, Sharriff Floyd, Dee Milliner,
    So who is #7??????, Geno Smith, Dion Jordon, Jarvis Jones, Bjorn Werner, Ziggy Ansah ????? Could Lane Johnson now be viewed as a top 7???

    It will be interesting come April. I really dont think anything changes with any signings either. Why would it effect BPA? All I know is it will be a good player.

  32. By Credit Card on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    since over 90% of all kick offs fly past the end-line; the only way Cribbs would be effective, would be if the NFL changes their rules and kicks off from the 25 yard line, or change the kick-off to a punte (just like a safety).

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