Favre not bothered by comments

Updated: January 8, 2009, 1:38 PM ET
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OAK GROVE, Miss. -- Brett Favre says he's not concerned about critical comments from his New York Jets teammates.

In an interview with the Biloxi Sun Herald, Favre said he was not going to worry about comments made by running back Thomas Jones about his performance, or an observation attributed to an anonymous teammate alleging that he had distanced himself from the rest of the Jets.

The bottom line is I didn't play well in the final five games. ... It starts with me and it should. I am not ripping Thomas because that is not my nature. My expectations of myself are high and the only one that I let down was myself.

--Brett Favre

''As for Thomas [Jones], I have not seen the comments,'' Favre said, according to the Sun-Herald. "To be honest, I am not worried about the comments, either. Was Thomas backed into a corner or in a bad mood when he said those things? I don't know, but ripping Thomas is not my nature.

Favre also said he has yet to make a decision about returning for another season or retiring, according to the report.

"I feel the same way as last year,'' he said, according to the Sun-Herald. "I will take some time and make my decision. I do know that I enjoy being at home.''

Jones, in a radio interview shortly after the Jets' season-ending loss to the Miami Dolphins, questioned whether Favre should have been benched. "If somebody is not playing well, they need to come out of the game," Jones told Hot 97 FM. "You're jeopardizing the whole team because you're having a bad day. To me, that's not fair to everybody else. "

In a later interview on ESPN's First Take, Jones sought to clarify his comments, saying he respected Favre.

"I would expect him to answer the question the same way about me if I had two fumbles and it was a situation where I wasn't playing well and he answered the question the same way. I wouldn't look at him any different," Jones said on First Take.

Favre, however, put the blame on himself.

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"The bottom line is I didn't play well in the final five games," Favre added, according to the Sun-Herald. "It starts with me and it should. I am not ripping Thomas because that is not my nature. My expectations of myself are high and the only one that I let down was myself.''

"I wished I had played better in the last five games,'' Favre said, according to the report. "I knew what I was up against when I got to New York.

"When I got traded, I thought it was worth a try. I gave it my all. It just didn't work out.''

Favre also said he wasn't bothered by comments attributed to an anonymous teammate about his relationship with the rest of the Jets.

"I am not going to let one or two guys ruin a career for me or the relationship I had with my teammates,'' Favre said, according to the report. "If you poll my past teammates, I bet 90 percent would say they enjoyed playing with me.

"I am not insecure to let the comments bother me.''

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