The Brett Favre whirlwind engulfed Jared Allen on Thursday.
As of the early evening, the Vikings’ defensive end had been quoted in various stories and blogs with his take on the Favre situation. The crux of it, as one would expect, is this: Who wouldn’t want to play with Favre?
Allen somehow made his way to the NFL Network studio in Culver City, Calif., for a brief visit during a drive from Phoenix to San Diego — I didn’t ask about that. So, we briefly talked about Favre.
“Of course, you want to (play with Favre),” Allen said. “I’m a fan of the game — why wouldn’t you want to play with Brett Favre?
“To be honest, you look at our situation, Brett Favre is a great one-year-type deal. You get to play with him, and say, ‘Hey, I played with Brett Favre,’ and tell your grandkids one day, ‘I was Brett Favre’s teammate.’ But I look at our team the way we’re stacked right now. We have a good group of veterans and a good group of young guys. We have a solid team for the next four or five or however many years we stay together.”
The fact that the Vikings reportedly did their due diligence in determining Favre’s interest in playing next season didn’t seem to phase Allen, and he doesn’t view it as any type of distriction inside the locker room, either.
“Not from our standpoint,” Allen said. “The only distraction is what the media builds it up to be. Our offseason goals didn’t rely on Brett Favre. After the season, when our organization puts things together, [they weren’t thinking] ‘We have to have Brett Favre in order for us to reach our goals.’ We won the NFC North last year without him, and we’re going to try and do it again.”
Much ado about nothing? Maybe. If the Vikings tested the Favre waters, they did it for a reason. But, as Allen points out, Favre represents a short-term solution.
Allen echoed the opinion that I’ve heard from others, who believe in Tarvaris Jackson’s talent. Jackson is raw, but he’s an NFL-caliber player. The Vikings brought in Sage Rosenfels to compete with Jackson, and either way, the quarterback who wins out will be a better player because of it.
Allen doesn’t believe the Favre situation should be a concern or have ramifications for either Jackson or Rosenfels.
“You hope they can handle it — you’re professional, and it’s your job to handle it,” Allen said. “Eventually, every one of us is going to get replaced. Every year, someone is coming in to take our jobs.
“I think it was hyped more than it actually [was] a concern. I’m learning as we’re sitting here watching it on TV. For me, I tried to stay out of it and got inadvertently drug into making comments. I think those guys know what they have to do to get ready for the season.”
In terms of his cell phone blowing up with people seeking comment on the Favre story, Allen did tell me he’s sending Vikings coach Brad Childress his bill. Nice touch.