If Jimmy Johnson were coach of the Vikings, he'd think twice about allowing a scenario where Brett Favre could join the team nearly a month into training camp. Two years in a row, no less.
Speaking on ESPN 1080 in Orlando, Johnson told hosts Marc Daniels and Jerry Greene in response to a question about Favre:
"I’m really uncomfortable with that. I’ve always been a team-oriented guy. Having said that, without question, Minnesota’s a better team with Brett Favre. But who’s to say if he’s going to have the magical season this year that he had last year? Who’s to say if that ankle is going to be 100 percent? I don’t think it is right now. And you sacrifice so much of the team concept when you make so many concessions for one player. It’s almost like he’s the savior and if he doesn’t carry us to the promise land, then the rest of them aren’t going to be able to do it. Some of the other players have to be saying, ‘What about me?’”
Johnson admitted that he treated some players differently, especially his star players.
"Well, I always said this, I said, ‘I’m going to be very consistent. I’m going to treat every single individual differently. The reason for that is because I still had the same demands of everybody. I had the same demands on Troy Aikman as I had on a backup offensive lineman. They all had to work the same, they all had to have the same rules and same demands. The only thing is, the top performers, I would volunteer, take off this practice, get out of this drill, so I treated them differently, but I had the same demands on them.”
And here's Johnson on his experience on "Survivor: Nicaragua," which will air starting in September.
"Let me say that it was an adventure and I’m glad I did it, but it was so much more difficult than I ever imagined. I’m a big fan of the show and was from Day One. … They finally accepted me this year and I was all excited about it, but it was so difficult. No food, no sleep, had to boil our water, had to build our shelter and it was really, really hard. But I’m glad I did it.”
And what about his precious hair, which he is meticulous about:?
"We had no hair spray, had no combs, didn’t have a mirror so I have no idea what it’s going to look like," he said. "We didn’t even have a toothbrush. I cut off a little piece of palm frond to scrape the tartar off my teeth. We had nothing. I had the shirt on my back, a pair of shorts, a pair of shoes and that was it. I got a bathing suit my third day, so I couldn’t even change out of wet clothes and wet shoes.”