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Browns They Said It: Week Eight

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By PFW staff

The following are quotes from the Browns' media availability on Wednesday. Quotes are from transcripts provided by the team:

Head coach Pat Shurmur on his confidence in RB Peyton Hillis, who missed Week Seven with a hamstring injury but returned to practice on Wednesday:

"I'm very confident and we're looking forward to him performing on Sunday and having a good game. I've told this to players in the past that your next great performance is right on the horizon and we're hoping for him it's Sunday."

Shurmur on Hillis' role:

"He's our starting halfback and if he's able to go, he'll be the starter."

Shurmur on the 49ers' run defense:

"I think it's a combination of No. 1, the scheme, as well as the talent of the players that play it. They're very good, they're very good up front. They have a 3-4 scheme and they play it well. Against a 3-4 defense there's not as many of combinations of runs that you can run at it. There's five guys standing on the line and they're very talented. I've seen them four times in the last two years at the last place I was (St. Louis) and they're very good and it's a credit to them.

Hillis on how his injured hamstring felt during practice:

"It was OK. It's a work in progress, but it's getting there and it's getting better."

Hillis' take on the 49ers' defense:

"Good fundamentally, I think they stack up as one of the best defenses in the league for sure. They play really good solid defense, they play really good run gap schemes, stuff like that and they do it really well."

Hillis on why San Francisco's run defense is one of the NFL's best:

"Big bodies up front and athletic linebackers. The linemen take all the pressure off the linebackers and, of course, you have one of the best linebackers in the league, if not the best defensive player, in Patrick Willis. That's probably why they do so well."

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