NFL: Alexander runs away with MVP

first_img Still, Alexander talked plenty about it after being told he earned 19 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL. He ended the two-year reign of Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning, who received 13 votes. “You never know how voting goes, so you can’t get caught up in that,” he said. “But everyone wants to put themselves in a position where you can say you are one of those top players. And that’s how you get to the Super Bowl. And that’s how you win 13 games. That was our goal.” “Expensive phone call,” Mora said. “Consider that a lesson learned.” Vikes pick Childress The Vikings have selected Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress to be their next head coach, according to two persons with knowledge of the coaching search. Childress confirmed contract negotiations were ongoing Thursday night at a Minneapolis hotel. The Vikings are expected to hold a news conference this morning at Winter Park. The Houston Texans are looking inside and outside the organization to find a replacement for fired coach Dom Capers. They met with one of each: receivers coach Kippy Brown and Kansas City offensive coordinator Al Saunders. Jim Bates, the Packers’ current defensive coordinator, will interview with general manager Ted Thompson next week for the head coaching job. Viking in court Minnesota Vikings running back Moe Williams pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a bawdy boat party. Williams’ attorney, Joe Friedberg, said he entered the plea in Hennepin County District Court. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Levy back Marv Levy is back in football and feels like a newcomer. Referring to himself as “an 80-year-old rookie,” the Hall of Fame coach returned to the Buffalo Bills franchise he led to an unprecedented four straight Super Bowl appearances in the 1990s, eagerly accepting the position of GM. Wrong call Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora was contrite after the NFL fined him $25,000 for using a cell phone on the sidelines during an overtime loss at Tampa Bay two weeks ago. center_img Shaun Alexander was getting tired of having golfing partner Marshall Faulk remind him who owned an Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award. So Alexander went out and got himself one in record-breaking style. Alexander set an NFL mark with 28 touchdowns, led the league in rushing and ran away with the MVP voting Thursday. And with free agency on the horizon, the Seattle running back could parlay his sensational year into unprecedented riches. “Marsh and I go golfing and he will talk about MVPs and this and that as he drops another putt in,” Alexander said. “It is one of those things where I think it is more for the writers and media until after you retire. When you retire, that is when guys seem like they talk about it a little bit more.” last_img read more