Favre return isn't a surprise for Saints

August, 17, 2010
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Brett Favre has flown to Minnesota, but the New Orleans Saints are expecting him back in the Gulf Coast region Sept. 9.

That’s the night they open defense of their Super Bowl title against the Minnesota Vikings. It will be a rematch of the NFC Championship Game and the appearance that Favre is rejoining the Vikings is no surprise to the Saints.

They’ve been preparing to face Favre all offseason, even when it looked like he might truly retire. Several Saints said they didn’t believe it when there were reports Favre would retire and it now is looking like they’re right.

This will make for great hype with media and fans. But it really shouldn’t make difference to the Saints. Do you really think Gregg Williams spent the last few months lecturing his team about the talents and dangers of Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels?

Not a chance. My guess is Williams has been showing his players film of how they beat up Favre in their last meeting and searching for ways to do more of the same.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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