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Throughout camp, Childress has refused to comment on the team's reported interest in Favre and the tampering allegations, only saying, "you can't believe everything you read."
Instead, the coach and teammates have thrown themselves behind Jackson, who has handled himself with a veteran's composure while being inundated with questions about the possible arrival of Favre.
"I can't control that," Jackson said Monday. "I've just got to go out and do my part. If it happens, it happens. If it don't, it don't."
Such is life for the Vikings, who have been mentioned in the public discourse nearly every time Favre has.
Kicker Ryan Longwell, who spent nine seasons in Green Bay, was surrounded by reporters as he left the practice field on Monday, and no one was asking how the chemistry was working out with holder Chris Kluwe.
"There's just so many different things and you hear something new every day," Longwell said. "I still know a lot of people over there, so I follow them. It's the craziest situation you've ever seen."
Jackson said maintaining focus hasn't been a problem, for him or the team. Favre is in Green Bay, and that's the Packers' problem. At least for now.
"Better them," Jackson said, "than us."
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