Browns coach Butch Davis took what can be construed as a shot at the northern part of Florida.
Davis was reminded that it will be a homecoming of sorts for him when the Browns play in Jacksonville on Sunday. Davis coached at the University of Miami from 1995-2000.
"Nothing about northern Florida is a homecoming," Davis said.
Running back James Jackson was asked if he knows of any problems Davis has with northern Florida. Jackson, who played for Davis at Miami, begged off the question.
"I'm staying away from that one," Jackson said.
Davis opted against watching film of the Browns' 48-0 loss in Jacksonville last season. The game was the low point of a 3-13 season. Spergon Wynn, who started at quarterback, was five of 16 passing for 17 yards. The offense managed 53 yards and two first downs.
"To be honest with you, I didn't even know the score until you guys in the media made an issue of it," Davis said. "There's only one coach who was here last year, and 50 percent of the players weren't here. For some of the guys who aren't here, it might be a motivating force."
Davis was pleased with Thursday's practice, one day after a showing on Wednesday that didn't meet his standards.
"I told the team that I didn't think we had as focused a practice as any of the 10 days leading up to Detroit," Davis said. "You have to come back and earn your opportunity to win and opportunity to play good. We responded and had a very good practice."