Berea—Eric Steinbach is good at leading movements.
Not only is the 6-6, 295 pound left guard one of the keys to the Browns offensive line. The two time Pro Bowl performer was one of the keys to the resurgence of the offense in 2007. Besides all of the passing records set by Derek Anderson, he helped Jamal Lewis rush for over 1,300 yards.
LeCharles Bentley was originally thought to be the guy, but a torn patellar tendon and multiple surgeries shelved that plan.
Steinbach,28, was signed at the beginning of the 2007 free agency period. His signing and the drafting of Joe Thomas set up a powerful left side of the line. It allowed Ryan Tucker to move to right guard and Kevin Shaffer to switch to right tackle.
"The offensive line is the nucleus of a football team and I knew if we could come together quickly, it would give us a great opportunity to help mold the team," Steinbach said. "I wanted to be here and I was excited to help this team improve."
Steinbach thinks the line can actually be better with another season together. "There is always room for improvement, but I'm very happy with the way things have turned out so far.
"I'm excited to build on whatever success we had last year," Steinbach said. "But at the same time, this is a new season and we have to bust our butts all over again. Our goal as an offensive line is the same: to control the clock and the running game, and give ourselves a better chance of winning games."
The real mark of a team's progress isn't gauged until the games begin and Steinbach is anxious to get on with it.
"Now that we're a couple of weeks into camp, we can't wait for the season to begin and see how much we've improved."
Cribbs Wants to Re-Do: WR/KR Joshua Cribbs has apparently voiced his concerns about getting his contract re-negotiated. Cribbs just signed a six-year contract through 2012 in November of 2006, but feels he needs to be compensated at a higher level. The deal he signed was worth a reported $6 million over the life of the deal.
Cribbs said he's hired another agent to, hopefully, get a new deal worked for him.
When asked if his agent has asked the Browns for a new deal, Cribbs said "I believe he has."
Cribbs made it clear that he was happy to be with the Browns after signing for a $5,000 bonus as an undrafted free agent from Kent State.
"I will let the agent do what he does," he said. "That will take the stress off me. I'm just happy to play football. I don't want to be a distraction.
"I have loyalty to the Browns and the opportunity they have given me," he said. "I'm blessed to be a Browns player and will continue to do my job."
Baxter Setback: DB Gary Baxter had surgery to remove cartilage in his knee and will be out of action for an undetermined time. Baxter is trying to come back from two torn patellar tendons.
"Gary has worked very hard to get back on the field and we'll see where this leads him," head coach Romeo Crennel said.
Quick Hits: QB Brady Quinn was intercepted by A.J. Davis as WR Travis Wilson fell down … QB Derek Anderson hit WR Braylon Edwards on a long touchdown at the conclusion of practice … Quinn hit Wilson on a long pass in the two-minute offense and then hit Cribbs for the touchdown as he beat DB Nick Sorenson and Davis.
Injury Update: Crennel said those who haven't practiced will not play against the Jets. Those named were: TE Kellen Winslow (hamstring), WR Kevin Kasper, TE Steve Heiden and FB Lawrence Vickers. LB Beau Bell (knee) missed Wednesday's practice and will be evaluated along with several other players.