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Transcript from press conference with Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 24, 2010

Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll met with reporters Friday afternoon. Here is the transcript from the press conference:

Browns Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll press conference 12-24-10

(On how Peyton Hillis will be) -- “I think Peyton will be fine.  You’re out without any pads or anything and you’re out on the grass so I think he’ll be fine.”

(On if Hillis has slowed down at all with the wear and tear) -- “No, I don’t I think he’s been pretty consistent throughout.”

(On when he got a sense that the run game was going to work last time against the Ravens) -- “When you play a team like that that has arguably one of the best defenses in the league I think the two teams we’re playing in the next two weeks have the best defenses in the league.  You’ve just got to stay at it and hope you can spring one.  The line did a good job of blocking throughout the whole game. They’ve got really good players and he did a good job running.  You spring a couple there and it kind of helps, we were going to stick with it.”

(On Colt McCoy’s first game back after the high ankle sprain) -- “I thought he did well.  I thought he’s done well since he’s played.  He’s upstairs right now, I was just meeting with him going right back up to meet with him. He’s a grinder.  There were a couple close ones there but he was turning it loose. He was trying to make the right decisions but at the same time, not going to be afraid to throw it down the field.  I think right now he’s played a lot less than a lot of other people but in terms of yards per completion in the league I think there’s only three or four quarterbacks ahead of him, (Aaron) Rogers, (Philip) Rivers, (Michael) Vick and Vince Young I think when he played.  He’s only played six games trust me guys, but he’s top ten in completion percentage behind a few good ones.  He’s close to top ten in quarterback rating so he’s making progress but within the six games he’s played.  Unfortunately not in wins though, that’s what the most important thing is.”

(On close throws McCoy had) -- “He had the one where he lost (Keith) Rivers. He was waiting on a guy on a route who was too deep on his route so then he came off he lost the guy that’s covering the guy.  He knows he can’t be late to the flat like that.  The other one was close but he turned it loose it was the one to B-Ro (Brian Robiskie).  You’d like not to throw it across your body when you’re running right but heat of the moment he made the play. He made a nice throw and it was the perfect spot so you got to balance it a little bit.”

(On how McCoy is always confident) -- “That’s what’s been impressive about him too.  He’s got good leadership qualities about him, you can’t teach him that.  He gets it as a young guy.  Now these two defenses we’ll see. It’s going to be definitely a challenge for us.”

(On how Rob Ryan said McCoy is going to be a superstar in the league) -- “I love Rob.  I just like the kid’s attitude and I think it says something about him right now that we just got done with meetings and he’s, ‘Let’s go. We’ve got to go watch one more.’  There’s about a 100 play tape up there from the blitzes all through the year that we want to go through one more time.  I think that says a lot about him.”

(On when people stopped saying it’s only X games for Tom Brady like he said it’s only six games for McCoy) -- “I don’t know, I think they still say it now (joking).  I don’t know.”

(On when the trial was over for Brady) -- “I couldn’t tell you.  I just know each week it was the same thing.  The kid was a preparation freak and we never talked like that. Maybe for Bill (Belichick) and the coordinators and stuff but it was just go to work.  You just went to work and worked and worked and worked.  I think maybe after we won the Super Bowl.  The good thing about this guy here, he knows he got a ton of room and he’s only played a little bit.  I think the thing that kills him the most and kills us the most is we’ve got to get those wins.”

(On McCoy being critical of all phases of the team that need to be improved) -- “I think it’s good.  I think he takes a lot of accountability too.  He’s going to speak his mind and that’s great.”

(On if those characteristics are a result of McCoy being a coach’s son) -- “I just think that’s the kid.  He’s harder on himself when we are in there.  In watching today, he had one that kind of sailed and they were busting on Mo (Mohamed Massaquoi).  (Joshua) Cribbs said, ‘You should have caught that ball.’  (McCoy said) ‘No, he shouldn’t have.  That was a terrible throw.’”

(On McCoy talking about the run defense needing to improve) -- “I didn’t read that.  I don’t know all of the stuff he says.”

(On if McCoy is feeling alright after being sick earlier in the week) -- “Oh yes.  I think he is.  You would have to ask him, but I think he’s fine.”

(On the pressure that Baltimore’s defense brings being a test for McCoy) -- “Yes, but you forget who he opened up with too.  The Pittsburgh Steelers, they brought a lot of pressure.  The New Orleans Saints, they brought a lot of pressure.  He’s played teams that have brought a lot of pressure and we are anticipating this team bringing a lot of pressure.  He’s got to make his right points, get us in the right protections, move in the pocket if he has to and keep his eyes down the field.  It’s just moving into another game for him, but he’s seen some teams that like to heat him up.”

(On how Ed Reed factors into their offensive preparation) -- “He factors in a lot.  I just think he’s an excellent player. He’s been that way for a long time.  He’s fun and challenging to watch at the same time because he might play a post safety defense where he’s supposed to be 20-25 yards in the middle of the field and he’s intercepting the ball 10 yards to the sideline on the right.  He’s just, gone.  There are sometimes where you’re not going to be able to see it and you have to make sure you’re protecting him.  I remember a game he played against Chad (Pennington) in Miami.  They were running a little short route to the left, they were in a 3x1 set a few years ago in the playoffs.  He was playing the deep part of the field to the right as you’re looking at the offensive right.  The guy ran in like this, and he’s supposed to be there in the back half of the field, so they have got two deep safeties.  This guy is way over here and he picked it right from the snap.  He didn’t even drop, he just ran right there.  Unbelievable instincts.  He’s unbelievable.  I just think he’s an unbelievable player.”

(On who is better, Reed or Troy Polamalu) -- “They’re both great.  I can’t pick one, that’s like my kids.  They’re both great.  Instinctually, they just play football.”

(On their struggles running the ball on third and short as of late after being so successful most of the season in that area) -- “Nature of the business.  It comes with the territory.  You like to pound your chest and try to get that yard, but it didn’t work.  They stopped it.  (Bad) call.”

(On their struggles on third down in general) -- “Last week, we hit a sight adjust there to Brian (Robiskie) early and we hit one late to Ben (Watson).  In between there, the first thing you have to do is be able to protect and you’re getting a lot of blitzes and things like that.  We got sacked a couple times there.  Usually you are going to get man to man so whether it’s pick routes or getting open, we have got to protect it, throw it, catch it and do all of those things we keep on harping on.  Cincinnati now, they were a really good third down team.  The two teams we played before, I think it was the same percentage the two previous weeks.  One little mishap and it screws you so we have got to get better at that obviously.”

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