Favre: No locker room schism

Amid national reports that there are problems in the Vikings locker room, Brett Favre addressed the issue Thursday, claiming there are no factions with the team as far as he knows.

A day after an ESPN report that there are factions in the Vikings locker room concerning the confidence in Brett Favre as their quarterback – or more accurately a "schism," according to ESPN – Favre responded Thursday by saying he didn't even know what the term meant.

"I've got no reaction," Favre said. "I'm just doing what I can do, hopefully help this team win, and just trying to fit in. I'm not worried about that. That's for you guys to have some fun with. I have no idea what that means. I'm assuming it's controversial."

When the term was explained, Favre turned it back on the media, saying, "You guys have to keep stirring the pot, I guess, so somebody's got to make up a story like that. I can assure you, I don't think anyone in that locker room – me included – would use that word. We would probably come up with something a little different. You guys have to come up with something a little more locker room-related."

The report, from ESPN's newest insider, Adam Schefter, claimed that some members of the Vikings alternately support Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels as the starting quarterback ahead of Favre. But Favre came back saying that he's working to win over all of his teammates and, to his knowledge, there is no schism in the locker room.

"Chemistry is maybe the most important factor in winning and losing," Favre said. "There's some work to do in that area. I've been here a little over a week and that's the reason there is work to do. I think the locker room has been fine. I don't know what it was like before I got here. I wasn't here."

Favre admitted that there are going to be a learning curve and a comfort factor with his new teammates, but that everything is OK as far as he knows.

"I'd be a fool to sit here and tell you I've won everyone over in the locker room and that's not what I'm trying to do," Favre said. "I was brought in here to help this team win, not to make friends – even though I felt like that's an easy thing for me to do. I will continue to work on that part of it. I think my experience can only go so far on the field, but it can pay huge dividends off the field and in the locker room."

Whoever made the comment to Schefter likely isn't going to speak up again. Favre has spoken – and he has the support of a lot of his teammates moving ahead into the 2009 season.


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