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Josh Cribbs highlights the silver lining amidst gloomy defeat

10/29/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsOn Sunday night the entire visitors’ locker room at Paul Brown Stadium was full of mournful New York Jets. The Jets had been embarrassingly annihilated 49-9 by the Cincinnati Bengals and they couldn’t comprehend how it could have happened.
 
Every player tried to see what could possibly be the good outcome out of such a match but only Josh Cribbs could truly understand the true meaning of defeat, especially one like this. Even with his talent, the wide receiver/return specialist was with the Cleveland Browns and out of eight years with them, had only one winning season. Giving his perspective on defeat was definitely an eye opener for all others.
 
"We're not the Browns. We're not the team that gives up. We have fight in this team. They're a motivated bunch of young guys,” Cribbs said. “I'm just happy to be here and be able to contribute . . . Love it here.
 
Cribbs said that every defeat was a motivation to work harder, to improve on weak spots and become stronger. With a defeat at this junction, he said he was happy to realize the weaknesses with time still on the clock for the season.
 
"We lost. It's going to be a lesson for us and we're going to play harder. It's good that it comes now because we're still in the mix of this. We're halfway through the season,” he said.
 
Cribbs take on the defeat is exactly what the Jets need right now. They are 4-4 and have to get back up after being knocked down pretty heavy. Even though the Jets put up an exceptional fight against the New England Patriots, the tide turned on Sunday and it was their turn to get dominated.
 
Cribbs said the team wasn’t afraid of challenges and would continue to fight the good fight.
"They said, 'The Patriots was coming,' and we showed them. So we're not afraid of nobody. And they're coming to us . . . So we don't care who we play -- the Saints, it could be anybody,” Cribbs said.
 
“We showed everybody last week. They didn't think we had a shot. So everybody in the NFL world, they're going to say, 'Oh, the Jets are just an average team' until we prove them wrong again."
 
Coach Rex Ryan deemed the loss so humiliating that he didn’t even bother reviewing it. Center Nick Mangold was clearly frustrated, saying that every game was a representation of the teams practice and this set a bad impression.
 
"It's not an indication of the work that we put in during the week, so it's disappointing that that's what people see," he said. "We need to find consistency and the up and down, the win one, lose one, isn't going to get us to where we want to be."
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