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Bears respond to news of Favre returning to the NFC North

August 18, 2009, 1:20 PM

By: Jeff Dickerson

Brett Favre's impending return to the NFC North has caused quite a stir Tuesday morning at Bears camp -- what's it like for the those poor souls covering the Vikings? After staking out the dining hall for a good chunk of the morning, here are a handful of player reactions to the Favre news.

Hunter Hillenmeyer: How does Favre change the balance of power in the NFC?

"When you got the weapons they already have with Adrian [Peterson], Bernard [Berrian] and Percy Harvin, there's definitely going to be a lot of weapons out there. Plenty of people that can make plays when they have the ball in their hands. But that's the NFC North, I mean Green Bay last year did a lot of things on offense that are tough and that you don't see every week when you play, so it sounds like Minnesota might be the same way now."

Adewale Ogunleye: Initial thoughts on Favre's return

"We know Brett Favre, we played him a lot. He's a hell of a competitor, a Hall of Famer, and anytime you get to play against a guy like that, we'll be up for it. We play him two times this year, if he does play, so I'm excited, but really just trying to focus on us and what we need to do to get better.

"Anytime you play against him, the ticket requests go up, family and friends want to come and watch the game. He's just that kind of guy, a guy when I have my own kids I'll say I played against Brett Favre."

Lance Briggs: On Favre constantly changing his mind.

"I hope he changes his mind when he's going to throw the ball away, and throws it into coverage. Bottom line, Brett Favre is a great quarterback, the Vikings have a hell of a team over there, and it's going to come down to who wants it more."

Jason McKie, on whether Favre missing time in camp will have any effect on the Vikings?

"I mean that's how it is. You look at the year the Giants won the Super Bowl, [Michael] Strahan was out of training camp the whole time, then he came back and won a Super Bowl. I guess when you've got players that have put that time in and have been productive, I guess they can come in and do that. I don't think a first or second-year guy could do that, but definitely a Hall of Fame caliber guy like Favre can pull it off."

Lovie Smith, on whether he was surprised by Favre's signing:

"I had a feeling I might get that question. Surprised? Haven't really spent a whole lot of thought on it, but nothing really surprises me in our game. He's been a great player. I assume he still is for the Vikings to want him to be their quarterback. I assume they feel good about it. He's another opponent, that's how we're looking at it."

Smith, on why his Bears have succeeded against Favre:

"I don't know, it seems like such a long time since we played him. I'm sure he's anxious now to do something about it. But as much as anything, he's a quarterback for the Vikings, the NFC North defending champions. I mean, that's enough for our guys to get fired up about. Of course we know what he means to our game." At least this takes the focus off Jay Cutler and Devin Hester. For now. More later this afternoon.

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