How different were things at the Vikings’ first practice with Brett Favre today at Winter Park? Well, consider that in addition to all of the media members who showed up, I saw two Eden Prairie police officers and a media consultant the team employs was going around the field afterward monitoring interviews and trying to help players give the correct answers. Safe to say this is no ordinary day.
As we await the 5 p.m. Favre news conference, here is reaction from both Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson. So much for that quarterback battle.
Q. What were your feelings when you found out?
A. ”It’s something that wasn’t a total shock. Obviously this has been three months in the ongoing sort of thing. So for me personally this wasn’t what I was hoping for. I tried to get traded here and got traded here. But in my nine years this is the best football team I’ve ever been on. We have so much talent. If the team needs this year, when the team needs me this year, I’m going to be ready. I’m going to play playoff caliber football for this team if the team needs me. I’m going to keep working as if I was the anointed starter. So from that perspective my work ethic, my attitude is not going to change.”
Q. How tough was it to think this was done and now three weeks later that isn’t the case?
A. “It seemed like it [was over]. But obviously that wasn’t the case. So it obviously didn’t work out that way. But I was excited to get out there the other night and thought I played pretty well. I thought that I really have a good grasp for this offense, it’s sort of come naturally to me obviously the last few weeks. I think you guys have noticed that and so I’m just going to keep working. Keep working, stay ready, stay focused and be ready when this team needs me. Because there are so many good guys on this team, good players on this team that for some reason if the team needs me and I wasn’t ready it would be a disservice to all those guys and to myself. So, I’m going to get ready to play, as I said, playoff caliber football for this team if the team needs me.”
Q. Are you going to stay here or try to get out?
A. “I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about that. I’m just trying to get my ankle fixed right now. It’s feeling pretty good for the most part but just trying to get that right. I haven’t even really thought about that stuff.”
Q. What was your reaction?
A. “I really don’t have a reaction. I’m just taking it day by day right now. I just came out here trying to get ready for the game Friday.”
Q. Were your blindsided by this?
A. ”We knew all along that this was a possibility. You can’t always believe what you hear especially on TV. There’s really not too much to say about it right now. Right now I’m just trying to get ready for this preseason game.
Q. There was a previous report that if Favre came here you would want out?
A. “I heard about that. I never said that. I never said anything like that at all.”