It seems now that Giff Whalen’s days are numbered in Indy. With the signing of Josh Cribbs, who will more than likely take over the return duties, Whalen doesn’t have much else to offer the team. He hasn’t really been on the field for offense this season and his returning has been terrible this year. With the signing of Cribbs the Colts special teams unit just got a whole new dimension and will be even better.
Cribbs is a 10 year NFL veteran with playing time at wide receiver and running back. He spent the majority of his career in Cleveland before landing in Oakland and with the Jets for one season each. Cribbs was named to the 2000 All-Decade Team for his returning abilities. He has 8 kickoff returns for touchdown which is most in NFL History and owns every return record in Cleveland along with the most all-purpose yardage in one season which he achieved in 2009.
Cribbs was brought here for really one reason. To return kicks and add something that the Colts have never had. Someone with the potential over breaking a game open with the return game. Cribbs can play wide receiver but that is a position that is pretty solid in Indy. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts worked some packages out to get Cribbs the ball on offense as he can still play this game. He was a quarterback at Kent State University so he does have an arm. There could be some potential for trickery once he gets acclimated with the team.