Last Thursday night, we as a nation were treated to an opportunity to watch the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns play on the NFL Network. After all, there’s nothing like a battle between two mediocre football teams to help pass the time. Well, while we all got to see Brady Quinn make his NFL debut and Jay Cutler go off, we also got to see the Browns choke away a lead for the second straight week.
The loss knocked the Browns to 3-6 on the season and basically killed any talk of the playoffs in Cleveland, and instead sparked a whole new kind of talk in the Cleveland locker room. After the game running back Jamal Lewis said that some players on the team quit, and yesterday return specialist Joshua Cribbs echoed those thoughts and thinks the Browns need to do something about it.
“We can’t figure out what’s in everyone’s head when they’re playing, but that’s what it looked like — that some guys quit,” said Cribbs. “Jamal is a hard runner. He goes out there and busts his tail every day, every game. I do the same, and it hurts when players don’t show the same will and same fire and desire to win. It’s a shame sometimes, but we just have to pull together as a team, weed out those guys and play the rest of the season out.
“When you have a team like that that comes into our house and we’re capable of beating them, that’s the first thing that comes to your mind, is guys quitting. [Lewis] didn’t say any names, because you don’t know who those guys were. But we know if everybody didn’t quit, we would’ve won that ball game.”
Wow, that’s annoying. You’re going to come out and say that players on the team are quitting, and then you’re not going to tell us which ones? That’s hardly fair, and it’s kind of like you quit yourself. Sure, you had the courage to start the controversy when you accused players of quitting, but you didn’t have it in you to finish the job by telling us who it was.
So now I have to go and guess, which sucks because that means I have to think and it’s way too early in the morning to be doing any kind of mental work. So I’m just going to go ahead and say that Braylon Edwards is one of the quitters. He looked like he was whining a lot on Thursday night since he wasn’t getting the ball, and it did look like he gave up on some routes. Maybe somebody should let him know that if he didn’t lead the free world in dropped passes, his quarterbacks might feel more confident throwing him the ball.