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More on Phil Simms, Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson

New Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, right, walks with Vikings head coach Brad Childress during NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 in Eden Prairie, Minn. The 39-year-old quarterback took a plane to Minnesota on Tuesday, drove to Vikings training camp and was in a helmet and pads less than 90 minutes after arriving. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien) (Credit: AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

After hearing Phil Simms tell a group of reporters that the Vikings would have won as many games with Tarvaris Jackson as Brett Favre (see post below), I approached him and asked whether that should be read as praise of Jackson or a diss of Favre.

His answer:

"I'm just saying the way the team is built, Jackson's style of quarterbacking really kind of fits into it. We're never going to know this answer, just like my answer to Brett Favre and Chad Pennington last year."

So do you think Favre has something left? "Yeah, he's going to have something left, and this time he's going to a better team, more equipped to really get it done. But he is another year older.

"I've got no problems with the way he played with the Jets last year. At the end of the year his arm might have hurt, but he was throwing it just as well. Guys just couldn't get open. That's what happened to the Jets.

"But I've got to see it."

What did you think of the saga over his retirements and un-retirement?

"Everyone's like, 'Oh, his legacy is tarnished' and all that. Oh my gosh. Who cares? Nobody cares. It's not going to tarnish his legacy. He's earned the right. It just shows you how good he is and how valuable people deem him to be to let him act this way.

"That's why he does it.

"Does anybody care that Joe Namath played with the L.A. Rams? No, of course not. Same wtih Johnny Unitas [as a Charger]. It doesn't matter. I'll bet if I went out and asked football fans, most of them don't even know that Emmitt Smith played with the Cardinals. So it doesn't matter.

"But there are concerns. Brett Favre was so dynamic and so good that he can lose skill level and still be one of the better throwers in the NFL. But if he loses another little bit of that level I don't know. We'll see."

Photo: AP

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