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Austin Davis press conference - 12/30

On if he expects to start on Sunday:

"I think just with the way the NFL handles concussions now, you have to be prepared to go in a situation like this. When someone's experiencing symptoms like (QB) Johnny (Manziel) is, you kind of have to assume that he's going to be out and adjust if he's not."

On takeaways from his start against the Bengals:

"It was good to play. Obviously, that game didn't go the way we wanted it to, but just another chance to play another chance to compete and go get after it again. Last game of the season and I know the guys are excited and ready to play and so am I."

On finishing the Bengals game with limited WRs due to injury:

"It wasn't ideal but we left that game behind a long time ago. That's what you have to do is keep moving forward."

On if he is looking forward to another start after a tough loss against Cincinnati:

"Anytime you go out and get a chance to start and the game goes the way that one did, it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I'm excited about it, if the opportunity presents itself to play again, and get a chance to go out and try to put the ball in the end zone."

On if the Browns look forward to potentially playing spoiler to the Steeler's playoff hopes:

"You know, why not? They have a lot to play for so we know they're going to come in and play hard. The thing is that what I like to say is we have a lot to play for, too, because it's another game. It's another Sunday. If we could knock them out and keep them from going to the playoffs, that'd be good."

On how hard it is for a QB to stay in the pocket when he has had success on the run:

"It's pretty easy for me to resist because I'm not very fast (laughter). I'd get hit, get hurt (laughter). I think we're obviously speaking a little bit about how (QB) Johnny (Manziel) plays and how successful he is with his legs and I think that's a big part of his game. You can't say there is one way to do it, per se. A lot of people have different opinions on being a pocket passer or scrambler and all of those things, but Johnny's got a unique skillset and can do some things that honestly I haven't seen other quarterbacks do when it comes to scrambling and getting outside of the pocket and all those things. Obviously, that's not my game. That's not how I play. I see things a little differently, and that's OK. That's just different styles of play."

On Head Coach Mike Pettine's comments that the Browns made adjustments to the run game:

"We had our spread runs in from Week 1 and then our two-back power game and stuff like that. We just found more success in the sub run game lately. It's really more of a 'what's been hot lately' type of decision, I believe. Sometimes when you spread people out, there are bigger running lanes. We've got fast backs. We can exploit those lanes. You've seen what we've been able to do the last couple of weeks running the football. I'm all for whatever works."

On if a QB taking hits when running affects his passing game:

"A lot of times when you have a scramble player and you run consistently, you get very winded, very tired. I thought it was cool to see Flip (offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) give us a couple run plays after a couple scrambles and allow us to catch your breath and stuff like that. There are different things you can do to help out a quarterback who is scrambling around, is tired and things like that."

On what it would to get a win over Pittsburgh:

"That is what we're talking about and that is really all that matters right now is this game. It's the last game of the season, and we need to go out and play well against a team that we believe we can beat. If we play well, we'll have a chance to do that."

On if he played against Pittsburgh last year:

"I did not."

On if it helps to have been with the Browns during the first Pittsburgh game, despite not playing:

"Sure, yeah. We always watch our previous game against a familiar opponent, a division opponent. It kind of gives you an idea of specifically how they played you and your personnel, and they had some success. I know we threw the ball around the good bit but didn't come away with a ton of points so they're going to do that. They're probably going to stick with that gameplan. Why wouldn't they? We've got to be prepared for that, and if they do try throwing some new wrinkles, then we'll be prepared for that, as well."

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