This may be a blessing in disguise for the Cleveland Browns – new head coach Rob Chudzinski decided to keep Chris Tabor as the Browns’ special teams coordinator. Tabor has now survived two coaching changes and maintained his position.
There are two things that are super important not only to the orange and brown faithful, but to the team as well. The Browns must figure out how to resign phenomenal pro bowl kicker Phil Dawson, and WR/KR Josh Cribbs is the other priority. Some think that Cribbs is washed up and can’t play anymore. I couldn’t disagree more and I’d bet Tabor feels the same way.
Although myself and most Browns fans want to see speedster Travis Benjamin back returning kicks and punts, because of Chudzinski, Cribbs could be used in other ways on offense. In 2007 and 2008, under Chudzinski, Cribbs was given 38 rushing attempts and gained 228 yards with a touchdown. That is an average of six yards per carry. Again, this is only one way he could be used in the offense.
In reality, Cribbs is one of the bright spots in the city of Cleveland. He genuinely cares about the city, team, and community.Why wouldn’t you want someone like that on the team? All Dawson did for the first time in his career was make the pro bowl and miss just two field goal attempts in the 2012 season. There is no doubt in my mind that he is one of the best kickers in the NFL today. Do not let him slip away.
While change may be a great thing in upper management, keeping most of the nucleus of this team together is imperative to future success. The Browns are close, they just need to get a sense of urgency. With Tabor, Chudzinski, Norv Turner and Ray Horton, that seems to be the idea.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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