Steelers expecting to see more of Cribbs

We know that Joshua Cribbs can do just about anything on a football field. So although Browns coach Eric Mangini would like everyone to believe that he’s leaning toward starting rookie Colt McCoy this weekend in Pittsburgh, the Steelers aren’t necessarily buying the whole story.

Mark Kaboly of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the Steelers are expecting to see a heavy dose of Cribbs in the Flash package.

“Well, he did it last year and damn near killed us,” linebacker James Farrior said.

Farrior is referring to last season’s matchup at Heinz Field in which Cribbs lined up in the Flash for eight of Cleveland’s first 14 offensive plays, according to Kaboly, taking 13 snaps from center, handing off seven times and rushing six for 45 yards. Cribbs had a bigger impact in the Thursday night matchup in Cleveland, rushing eight times for 87 yards.

“He’s done pretty well against us in the past,” linebacker James Harrison said. “We haven’t really had a solid answer for it yet. We are expecting to get that.”

The Steelers aren’t discounting that Cribbs could take all of the snaps, on every series. Cribbs, who has 11 rushes this season while playing primarily receiver, did his part by suggesting to reporters on a conference call that more of the package would make sense given the circumstances.

“But you never know going into this game,” Cribbs said. “It would make sense that I would, but you never know.  Anytime they do call my number, I will be ready to take advantage of that opportunity.”

Do the Browns have enough of the Flash package to run for an entire game?

“The amount of package that we have and the amount of plays that we have in it, we had it ready at training camp — it’s a full package,” Cribbs said. “It’s not like last year, a week-to-week thing where we are putting in new plays.  It is more than enough to run a complete football game out of it.”

Cribbs dropped hints about the Flash package throughout the offseason — which was to include the injured Seneca Wallace — so maybe this is the week we see it unveiled.

— Frank Tadych

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