Alexander Glad He Is Out Of AFC West...

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Feb 2, 2006
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Alexander glad he's out of AFC West

By Jim Armstrong

For whom the notes column tolls ...

Shaun Alexander can't tell you how little he misses the AFC West.

Alexander, the NFL's reigning MVP, played in the wild, wild West his first two seasons: 2000 and 2001. Since then, he has gone on to superstardom in the NFC West, where the Seahawks were relocated after the 2001 season.

For the record, he misses the old days about as much as he misses blown blocking assignments.

"Not at all," Alexander said. "I had two years in that thing. Get us outta there! It was like, you get geared up to play the Broncos, and then the next week it was the Raiders. And then the next week it was the Chargers, and then the Chiefs. These boys hit every week.

"Now you look at the makeup of our conference, all the teams are designed around their offenses. Us, Arizona, the 49ers, the Rams. ... The first thing you hear about those teams is how great their offenses are. That's good for a running back." ...

Alexander - in Our Town to promote his new book, "Touchdown Alexander, My Story of Faith, Football, and Pursuing the Dream" - still feels the sting of losing the Super Bowl to the Steelers. But he won't join the chorus of Seattle coaches and players who claim they were robbed by the officials.

"We were much better," he said, when asked if the better team won. "But if you ask our coaches, they didn't coach their best game. And if you ask about 10 players on the team, they didn't play their best game. The referees didn't have their best game, but if you ask our defense, they didn't play their best. And our offense, we scored 10 points. We had the best offense in football.

"We were just good enough to get to the Super Bowl, that's how I feel. I went in the locker room and the first thing I said was, 'We blew it."' ...
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