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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 5:28 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 5:27 PM
CLEVELAND — Josh Cribbs has pulled off another stunning return.
A three-time Pro Bowler during eight seasons returning kicks for the Browns, Cribbs is joining Cleveland's coaching staff as a special teams intern.
Cribbs was a threat to score any time he lined up deep for a kickoff or punt, and he'll now give some of his expertise to young, impressionable Cleveland players.
"I've earned their respect already as a player. Now I get to earn their respect as a coach," Cribbs said. "I pour into them all the knowledge I have to make them successful and make them do the things I did. I have this burning desire to be around football, to get back in the game. This is the closest way I can be around football, to still make an impact in the NFL. What better team for me to make an impact than the Cleveland Browns?"
Cribbs accepted the internship about a month ago from coach Hue Jackson. He's working under new Browns special teams coordinator Amos Jones, who is showing him the coaching ropes.
He has quickly learned that coaching is as demanding as playing.
"It's a lot of time involved, a lot of hours and not everyone is cut out for it," Cribbs said. "Not that they can't coach, but everybody is not cut out for the hours and the time it takes to put into coaching. That was one of the main important things in my discussion with Hue. He said, 'Hey, look down in three months and you figure it's not for you, no hard feelings, we still love you. Coaching's not for everybody."
An undrafted quarterback out of Kent State, Cribbs became one of the NFL's most dynamic and dangerous returners. He also played one season each for the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts. Cribbs last played in 2014 and had considered a comeback before officially retiring last year.
Cribbs shares the league record with eight kickoff return touchdowns.
He had hoped to land an assistant's job on Jackson's staff, but when that opening was filled, he accepted the internship — starting from the bottom, just as he did as a player.
"I wanted to do everything I could to put him in position where he could be successful," said Jackson, who is 1-31 in two seasons with the Browns. "He was very open to it and we made a decision of, 'Let's start on the ground floor and work our way up.' His reputation precedes itself. He was one of the best return guys in pro football. Plus he's a Cleveland Brown. He's one of our own. He told me over a phone call that he had a tremendous passion to get the organization back to winning and that means something to me.
"We've had several other (former players) reach out, but this ended up being the right fit at the right time for us."
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:47 AM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 3:45 a.m: One person is in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning, according to officials.
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The incident occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight, per initial reports.
The suspect vehicle, believed to be a black Lincoln SUV, was towed away shortly after the shooting occurred and one person was arrested while officials were on scene.
No word on if the person arrested is the suspected shooter or just being taken in for questioning.
We will continue to update this story as details become available.
UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Officials continue to investigate after a person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning.
Initial reports indicate the shooting occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight.
The suspect was not on scene when authorities arrived, but officials are describing the suspect vehicle as a black Lincoln SUV.
The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions.
Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.
The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.
We will continue to update this story with more details.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:24 AM
MIAMI TWP. — A West Carrollton police cruiser was reportedly hit during a short pursuit on southbound I-75 Friday morning, according to officials.
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The pursuit started around 2:45 a.m. and ended shortly after at the 43 milemarker near the I-675 exit ramp, per initial reports.
No injuries were reported as a result of the hit and one person was reportedly detained at the scene.
No word on the severity of the damage to the cruiser.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:22 AM
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Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:30 PM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson told newly minted “technical leaders” of the Air Force Institute of Technology to never stop asking why and to be innovators who build strong and trusted relationships to solve the nation’s national security challenges.
Wilson, an Air Force Academy alumnae and former Rhodes scholar at Oxford, spoke Thursday night to more than 240 AFIT graduates among an audience of 1,200 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Among three key points of advice, the top Air Force civilian leader told graduates to be critical thinkers who challenge assumptions about why.
“You will also now serve as technical leaders and as leaders in technology and science you have to learn four important words. You have to learn to say, ‘that’s not good enough.’”
The secretary cited recent hypoxia-like incidents among pilots experiencing oxygen loss in some of the most sophisticated aircraft, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and more basic training aircraft such as the propeller-driven T-6 Texan, as an example to keep asking why and not be pressured to cut short the search for answers.
She told graduates they should not be afraid to say no, even to superiors, until a solution is known.
Wilson told them they must also be innovators.
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“Innovation doesn’t come from requirement statements,” she said. “There was never a requirement statement for a silicon chip. There was never a requirement statement for Uber. There was probably wasn’t a requirement statement for GPS.
“If you’re not making mistakes as an engineer, you’re probably only proving that what you already know really does work,” she said. “That’s not innovation. We need you to push the bounds of what you know.”
The high-flying, record-breaking Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane with a needle-like sleek shape demanded overcoming a series of technical problems, from aviators in space suits ejecting at extreme speeds and altitudes to heat-resistant glass that wouldn’t distort surveillance cameras view.
“The result was an air-breathing monster faster than a speeding bullet,” she said. “What would your innovation be?”
Developing trusted relationships is the third key, Wilson said.
“The work that you are about matters, and the people matter more,” she said.
From her time at the Air Force Academy to serving on the national security council staff, the former New Mexico congresswoman said she could count “on one hand” people she could call on at any time.
“Those kinds of relationships are built over a long period of time are priceless in your life,” she said.
The Air Force’s top leaders listen and trust each other and see things from different perspectives to address national security issues, she said.
“You have everything to gain as young officers and civilians in the Air Force to see alternative perspectives, to find your partners in crime who are going to push you and make you better because steel sharpens steel,” she told AFIT graduates.
“The United States Air Force relies on the most advanced technology to defend our nation and project power in the air and space around the globe,” Wilson added. “We’re going to lean on you. We’re going to lean hard on you as the next generation of scientists and engineers in air and space.