Gruden On Favre

“I got a lot of phone calls.  I got a lot of messages on my cell phone.  There’s a lot of speculation out there.  I don’t want to fuel any reports,” Gruden said.  “I’ll talk to [G.M.] Bruce Allen.  He’s not here.  He’s in New York for a league meeting.  There is a labor meeting there.  Bruce is the guy you need to talk to.  I’ve obviously been working with our football team and that’s what I’m intent on doing.

“I don’t want to speculate.  No disrespect to any of the questions, but for me to keep speculating on this report and that report is just not right.  I have a lot of respect for the situation.  It’s unprecedented in my opinion.  I’m just going to be real careful saying anything right now because I don’t have all the facts — nor do you — and maybe you have more than me I like our practice.  I like our football team right now.  We have a ways to go to get ready for a preseason game.  This situation I’m sure will come to light shortly.

“I don’t want to be evasive.  I really don’t feel it’s my point or my purpose to address a lot of issues that I don’t know a lot about.  Do I know Brett Favre?  Yes, I know Brett Favre.  Do I respect him?  Yes, I do, but I also have a football team here that I am accountable to and I don’t want to answer any other questions at this point in time until I get a chance to take a shower and hear from the people inside our building and sit in our staff meetings that can inform me as to what is going on.”

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