FanDuel - WFBC

January 05, 2006

Alexander Runs Away With MVP: First Seahawk to get it. First RB to get it since Marshal Faulk in 2000. Peyton comes in second and Brady third. I as a Pats fan would have loved to see Brady get it but SA deserve it. Brady had the best numbers of his career on a team that was mostly patched up all season. Oh well, there's always next year.

posted by ProSam to football at 12:47 PM - 33 comments

He certainly deserves it and I am glad it wasn't a close vote. His accomplishments this year are nothing short of historic. I'm pleased his teams location so far removed from the Eastern Seaboard didn't cost him this Honor. Nice to see such a class act win.

posted by skydivedad at 12:54 PM on January 05

Alexander had a year that is in the same league as Manning last year. Is it as good as Manning? No I would still take Peyton last year if I had to start a team of one year statistical monsters.

posted by Wrigley South at 01:08 PM on January 05

Hard to go against the numbers that Alexander put up. Leading the league in scoring and rushing is just too much, especially on that Seahawks team. I like Brady, Tiki and Manning in that order after if we're keeping score on these sorts of things.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:10 PM on January 05

I also would've agreed more with Brady because he kept what was otherwise a pretty crappy team on its feet in the first half of the season. That said, I heard and know a lot more about Brady than I did and do about Alexander, so I have no argument with the winner. if I had to start a team of one year statistical monsters. Hopefully you'd get 'em in a good year. :)

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:11 PM on January 05

I don't know that Brady will ever get the MVP; sounds corny, but his focus is on exceptional results for his team, not for himself. This is the second, maybe the third season where I'd say he was a strong candidate, and not getting the MVP doesn't seem to tear him up. He just goes on and does his postseason thang.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 01:20 PM on January 05

The MVP should go to the player that is most valuable to his team. This player should be the player that the team can't win without. With this explanation in mind, the MVP should go to Tiki. Alexander had Hasselback (very underated), Palmer had the Johnsons and Brady has a championship team to work with. Enough said.

posted by vbgjr88 at 01:26 PM on January 05

Tiki had a monster year but I fail to see how Brady worked with a championship team. This team is not the same team that one two in a row and on their way to three :). With all the injuries on this team Brady took it upon himself to carry the team on his back while everybody was getting healthy. That to me is MVP qualities right there. You can make a good case about a lot of players bu the bottom line is we don't vote. On a side not: Now that we have almost everybody back things are shaping up for another run at the Lombardi Trophy and three-peat. Lets go Pats.

posted by ProSam at 01:57 PM on January 05

I like the call of Alexander as MVP. Brady deserved some votes, as did Tiki, but Alexander carried his team the whole season, not just in the stretch run, and he set records doing it. Not to mention that he did it in Seattle, which might as well be Mars for all the national dap it gets on a regular basis. For him to break through into the minds of whiny myopic homers in the rest of the country at all means he's genuinely accomplished something special. Full marks to him as the winner.

posted by chicobangs at 02:10 PM on January 05

Alexander deserved it. He had a monster year. I am StL Rams fan and I have to say...good job Alexander. As for Brady. Get off his jock. There is no way that he should have been higher than Manning. Manning had less yards, but more TD passes, less INT's, a much higher passer rating, and he sat out much of the last two games. Manning guided his team to one of the best seasons in recent times. The Colts had to beat a 12-4 team to get to the playoffs. The Pats had to beat out the 9-7 Dolphins. Manning would have deserved it more.

posted by mcstan13 at 02:12 PM on January 05

I agree with all of your comments about Brady. He played well for his team while the team suffered through alot of adversity. However, NYG would have lost alot of games if it weren't for Tiki. New England would have just won a few more if they had everybody healthy. In response to your side note...watch out for Pittsburgh. The bus is heating up.

posted by vbgjr88 at 02:13 PM on January 05

Brady has a championship team to work with. Well, other than those members that retired, left or got hurt.

posted by yerfatma at 02:15 PM on January 05

I think that it's been proven that the formula to success in New England is not so much the players but the system. To all of you Pats fans who are mad at my comments, please understand that I agree that he had a great year but he was on a better team/system. To all the Peyton lovers out there...He didnt even deserve to be the MVP on his own team. Edge should be. Stats aren't everything.

posted by vbgjr88 at 02:21 PM on January 05

I agree. Stats are not everything. Alexander carried his team the whole season, not just in the stretch run, and he set records doing it. Not to mention that he did it in Seattle, which might as well be Mars for all the national dap it gets on a regular basis. I also agree.

posted by ProSam at 02:33 PM on January 05

Being a niner fan, it hurts to say this but I'm sure Alexander had a great time seeing SF, St. L, Ariz twice. When the competition is lacking, it's easier to stack up numbers.

posted by vbgjr88 at 02:39 PM on January 05

I am a huuuuuge Colt fan straight out of Indy and even I am surprised Brady didn't beat out Peyton! Peyton has Edge...Brady had Mike Cloud!

posted by tmart937 at 02:44 PM on January 05

Alexander carried his team the whole season, not just in the stretch run, and he set records doing it. Not to mention that he did it in Seattle, which might as well be Mars for all the national dap it gets on a regular basis. Crrrrryyyyyyy me a river. Everybody knows who Tom Brady and the Patriots are now, but in '01-'02 they had to listen to everyone, and I do mean everyone, saying they couldn't do it, right up to the moment they were holding the trophy. What do you think gets a team or a player "national dap"? Doing it in the big games, that's what, and who's stopping you?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 02:58 PM on January 05

I had the national dap once. Took two weeks to clear up. That was the worst carnival ever.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:12 PM on January 05

i believe that thomas jones of the chicago bears at least deserved some condideration. he was the most valuable member of one of the worst offenses in the league and still rushed for over a 1,000 yards w/out a o-line. the defense is without question the best in the league. watch out for da bears in jan.

posted by mountaineerfan at 03:59 PM on January 05

I love Thomas Jones but the bears defense was their best offense and MVP.

posted by vbgjr88 at 04:01 PM on January 05

I don't like the Giants at all, and I still have to say Tiki Barber was the absolute MAN for that team. With a young quarterback leading a passing game that really doesn't make anyone tremble, Barber took all the weight on his shoulders and carried the load, allowing the rest of the offense to flourish. Alexander had the TDs, but his division is so putrid the accomplishments lose a bit of their luster.

posted by dyams at 05:16 PM on January 05

Its so refreshing to see an actual most valuable player win.Because of where he plays, I never gave him a thought. Outa sight outa mind kinda thing, but each time i saw him on prime time he more than earned the honor. Without him we would all be saying when they gonna give up on Hasslebeck and Holmgren? But he saved them this year and thats why he's a real MVP.

posted by Gt100V6 at 05:27 PM on January 05

Alexander has been a great player ever since he came out of The University of Alabama. Playing on the West coast, IMO, he has been overlooked for way too long. A well deserved MVP winner.

posted by stockman at 05:53 PM on January 05

The MVP should go to the player that is most valuable to his team. This player should be the player that the team can't win without. With this explanation in mind, the MVP should go to Tiki. Alexander had Hasselback (very underated), Palmer had the Johnsons and Brady has a championship team to work with. Enough said. Good point and I believe technically correct. Clearly Seattle could still have won without Alexander because of the weak division. Without Tiki, the Giants would be watching the playoffs on TV. That said, I still don't see how you can keep it from Alexander.

posted by STLCardinalfan at 06:08 PM on January 05

Alexander i think had 8 touchdowns against weak team, texans and arizona

posted by Barry-from-H-town at 06:49 PM on January 05

He still had 28 touchdowns this year. Are you going to take away stats from everyone when they play a weak team? Show me a team who only played winning record teams all year. Then the person who did the best job on that team should replace Alexander's MVP. Maybe I am being niave (and if I am I'm sure someone will point it out) but I don't think there is any team like this out there.

posted by skydivemom at 08:01 PM on January 05

I don't buy the weak teams argument..... Manning played against the Texans and Titans twice each... Brady faced the Jets and Bills twice each... Barber...well....give it to the man, the Giants had a pretty decent schedule. But Alexander had twice as many touchdowns as Barber...schedule doesn't account for everything. I would also like insert some props for Larry Johnson. Sure, the Chiefs line helped, but looking at his numbers, one would think he had played for the whole season.

posted by RScannix at 08:03 PM on January 05

I would also like insert some props for Larry Johnson. Sure, the Chiefs line helped, but looking at his numbers, one would think he had played for the whole season. I agree entirely, this guy had 1,700+ rushing yards and a lot of touchdowns and didn't start regularly until November! Tiki Barber is the man and incidentally I had both him and Johnson of my fantasy team. My darkhorse MVP for next year, Joey Harrington. /"tries to keep a straight face"...

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:10 PM on January 05

I suppose this means that Brady will just have to settle for the Super Bowl MVP. Again.

posted by rockamora at 09:01 PM on January 05

Alexander earned it, regardless of strength of schedule. I was wondering why no one gives Carson Palmer any love? He quitely had an awesome season helping the bengals become a contender.

posted by chuy at 08:57 AM on January 06

The MVP should go to the player that is most valuable to his team. This player should be the player that the team can't win without. See, and here I think the MVP should go to the most valuable player, period. By that I mean if the league crashed and started over and all players went into a draft, my MVP is who would be picked first.

posted by chmurray at 12:30 PM on January 06

By that I mean if the league crashed and started over and all players went into a draft, my MVP is who would be picked first. I agree with that approach (with the assumption that "who would be picked first" is based solely on this season's performance and not a generic "well, such-and-such has so much potential as a running AND receiving threat") - partially, because I've never seen it worded quite like that. Good comment, murray. Under this approach, it seems like the "most valuable to his team" idea (which I also agree with) would automatically be part of the consideration, but not the sole criteria.

posted by littleLebowski at 12:59 PM on January 06

OH, and I couldn't let "I had the national dap once. Took two weeks to clear up. That was the worst carnival ever." go without kudos to Weedy ... Now, if I only I could find napkins to clean up the soda I snorted onto my monitor.

posted by littleLebowski at 01:01 PM on January 06

Carson Palmer's time will come, and probably soon. Next year, he won't be the latest flash anymore. He'll be One Of The Four Or Five Best QBs In The Game, and if he steps up to that, then you'll see him getting lots of that good ole dap.

posted by chicobangs at 01:56 PM on January 06

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