"We're not the Browns," Cribbs told Newsday on Sunday. "We're not the team that gives up. We have fight in this team. They're a motivated bunch of young guys. I'm just happy to be here and be able to contribute. ... Love it here.
"We lost. It's going to be a lesson for us and we're going to play harder," Cribbs said. "It's good that (loss) comes now because we're still in the mix of this. We're halfway through the season."
Predictably, his words were picked up, tweeted, reposted and rehashed on the interwebs. Cribbs -- a fan favorite for eight seasons with the Browns -- quickly jumped online to blame Newsday for the mess:
Cribbs continued: "if u want to hate me, curse me, it's fine, anger is a beast some time, but go ahead & let it out if it makes it better, again be blessed regardless...."
Cribbs saw more losing football in Cleveland than most grown men experience in a lifetime. A savvier fellow would have avoided radioactive comments to make his point, but misquote or not, Cribbs' frustration is understandable.