Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was named the NFL's most valuable player by the Associated Press yesterday.
Manning received 47 of 48 votes by a panel of media members. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick got the other vote. Manning, who shared the award last season with Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair, had a record-setting season while leading the Colts to a 12-4 record and the AFC South title. His 49 touchdown passes and 121.1 passer rating were NFL single-season marks.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning earned all but one of 48 votes from a national panel of sports writers and broadcasters. He threw for 49 touchdowns, surpassing Dan Marino's 20-year-old NFL record.
(Michael Conroy - AP)
"It's well-deserved," Colts Coach Tony Dungy said during a news conference yesterday. "It's a team accomplishment, for sure. But he's the conductor of our train, and he's got our train rolling pretty well."
49ERS KEEP SEARCHING: Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger is scheduled to interview today for the San Francisco 49ers' head coaching job. The 49ers interviewed New England Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel on Saturday. John York, the 49ers' co-owner, has expressed interest in University of Southern California Coach Pete Carroll, but Carroll has said he won't leave the school. There also has been speculation that Seattle Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren, a former 49ers assistant, could be a candidate.
SO LONG, PLAYER: The Miami Dolphins announced that they're changing the name of Pro Player Stadium to Dolphins Stadium. The team had kept the name on the stadium even though the naming rights reverted to the Dolphins five years ago when Pro Player, a sports-apparel subsidiary of Fruit of the Loom, was dissolved in a bankruptcy proceeding. The club said the stadium will undergo a $100-million-plus renovation project that will include expansion and possibly the addition of a permanent or retractable roof.
RAVENS LET GO OF ASSISTANT: The Baltimore Ravens will not retain offensive line coach Jim Colletto, giving the team two openings on their offensive coaching staff. Colletto had been with the franchise since 1999, Brian Billick's first season as head coach. The Ravens are searching for an offensive coordinator to replace Matt Cavanaugh. Billick has interviewed former University of Washington coach Rick Neuheisel and New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard. Neuheisel, who was 66-30 in eight seasons at Colorado and Washington, will have a second meeting with Baltimore this week.
MOVES: The Patriots signed free agent cornerback Hank Poteat. . . . The Minnesota Vikings expect running back Moe Williams's sprained ankle to keep him out of Sunday's NFC semifinal at Philadelphia.
Staff writer Camille Powell contributed to this report.