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Transcript: Peyton Hillis conference call


Browns running back Peyton Hillis is prepared for a hard-nosed, physical game against the Falcons

On commitment to running the football:

"I think it's a big commitment on a team for anybody that gets to run the ball. As a team, you have to stress running the ball so you can get the pass game going. The past couple of weeks, I think we've been pretty successful at that."

On Falcons' defense:

"The front seven are real big, and real athletic guys. They can move well and they're a good front seven, especially their backs and their front linemen. John Abraham is a stud. He's a good pass rusher so we're going to have our hands full coming up this Sunday. "

On the development of the Falcons:

"I think they're a more mature group and more experienced. You can definitely tell that on the defensive and offensive side of the ball, and with Matt Ryan leading that offense where it needs to be. They have a great passing attack and two big backs that can run the ball. With their defense, they have lot of speed on that side of the ball where they can get stuff accomplished."

On the quarterback situation:

"It doesn't affect me whatsoever, or any guy on the team for that matter. We have to go out and play each Sunday, no matter who is taking snaps at the center. We put our confidence in that guy that does, because we think they can get it done."

On the win last week:

"It was huge for our team and our organization, because it shows that we can finish. It shows that we are improving and we are progressing, and I think that we proved that to everybody else in the league."

On progressing as a back:

"I take it one day at a time, and give the Lord all the praise and glory and try to just go out there and do my best. There's a lot of good running backs on this team that could probably step up and do just as much as I could, but I'm blessed enough to go out there and accomplish what I've accomplished."

On the physicality against the Falcons:

"You expect that every Sunday, or I expect it every Sunday. Everybody in the NFL, they're still players and anybody can get beatings Sunday. You have to go out there with a total, big mindset that it's going to be a close game, it's going to be a physical game and the bigger man and the bigger team is going to win in the end."

On Joe Thomas:

"Joe Thomas is a terrific man. He's a great football player and a terrific leader for our team. I've only been in the league for four years. He's very experienced and very wise. He leads our linemen, our running backs, and our quarterbacks. He's a big part of our team, and he's a big part to us being successful."

On playing special teams:

"I haven't played on special teams in the past couple of weeks. I think the more you tote the ball, the more of the banging of the body you get. It would be tough to play both special teams and running back."


On Joshua Cribbs:**

"Josh Cribbs is an amazing player. He can play any position on the field. It may be a slow progression with him in the past, but he's taken a big leap this year in that wide receiver role. The thing with Josh is that he can step in anywhere, whether it's quarterback, running back, or receiver. He's just one of those types of players. Beyond that he's just very unselfish and he just wants the team to win."

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