Josh Cribbs Injury Video Proves Eric Mangini Needs to Be Fired
Josh Cribbs suffered a horrible injury (update: Cribbs was released from the hospital early Tuesday after undergoing tests which turned out negative; he may even play this Sunday, according to the Browns) in Monday night's loss to the Ravens. Now, you don't need to be an "expert" on the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE to understand that anytime you run a designed-out-of-desperation play when you're down by 16 points, you are risking the health of everybody involved in the play.
That's because, no matter how tricked out the design, you cannot score 16 points on one play. Shocking, I know. But here's the greater tragedy: the Browns' defense came out like gangbusters on Monday night (relatively speaking, anyway) and held the Ravens scoreless in one of the most boring games in Monday Night Football history.
The offense is so embarrassingly bad that even ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer (who rode the Ravens' defense all the way to a Super Bowl ring) mocked them. I'm indifferent when it comes to Cleveland (nice enough city), but the madness needs to stop before someone gets killed.
There have already been rumblings that Vernon Gholston, the disaster of a linebacker on the Jets, was Mangini's top choice, and Mangenius has proven incapable of effectively running an NFL team in two cities now. Given that the Browns have 11 (!) draft picks in 2010, it doesn't make much sense to let the guy currently nine weeks into the job have a say in personnel decisions.
In other words, Cleveland management, please consider the play in which Josh Cribbs -- your best player by miles an miles -- was injured Monday night. And for once, do the right thing: clean house. It's about the only thing you can offer your fans and the city.