Alex Tanney is making a case that he deserves a shot at being a starter in this league. If you ask me, the Titans using the 2nd overall pick on Marcus Mariota wasn’t necessary.
Alex Tanney: Remember that guy the Cowboys scouts found playing at Monmouth College (Illinois)? The one they snatched up when the Chiefs waived him injured upon the arrival of veteran Alex Smith? He is among the top QBs in the league so far this preseason. He has completed 88.3% of his passes for 143 yards (11.9 ypc, not all short check-downs like the others), one TD and zero turnovers for a passer rating of 144.1; throwing to camp hands. The funny part is, Marcus Mariota is sitting on a pick, a fumble, zero TDs and a 78.4 passer rating throwing to starters as the 2nd overall pick in the draft. Alex Tanney was an undrafted free agent from a DIII school. Just goes to show: It doesn’t matter where you draft them, QB, is by far the most missed on by scouts. Why is that? My guess is they get too caught up in athleticism, media hype, intangibles and where they went to school. Blasphemy. I have to give credit to the Cowboys scouts for seeing the type of QB Alex Tanney could be. Unfortunately, the powers that be, didn’t see the value and let the Browns poach him off of the practice squad; what the Cowboys have for depth now is a joke. This is why scouts should scout and coaches should coach.
I was fortunate enough to attend the Cowboys training camp in Oxnard while Alex Tanney was there. I was the one feeding Cas the info on him. In other words, I was her eyes in Oxnard. This prompted her to study him and he became her pet cat that year. I was quite fond of the kid myself. I studied him hard in person. Typically, she would be doing this follow up article because she did all of the previous ones. However, due to her busy schedule, she asked me to do this piece. I hope I am up to the task.
How exactly does Alex Tanney stack up?
- Jaemis Winston, First overall pick: Winston has completed 17 of 32 passes (53.1%) for 221 yards (only 6.9 YPC), zero touchdowns, 1 interception, 1 fumble and has a passer rating of 62.4. Despite having 2 TDs with his legs, it’s obvious who the more efficient passer is. In my opinion, a team is in dire straights when their QB needs to rely on his legs first. Ask the Redskins how that worked out.,
- Marcus Mariota, second overall pick: The Titans didn’t even give Alex Tanney a chance to show them what he could do before using the second overall pick to draft a QB. Mariota has completed 12 of 16 passes (75.0%) for 153 yards, zero TDs, 1 INT and 1 Fumble for a passer rating of 78.4. Mariota will end up having a better season than Winston, but Tanney is once again left in the cold because the Titans will automatically start Mariota as a result of his draft status.
- Johnny Manziel: The Browns former GM, Michael Lombardi, is a former scout and saw something he liked in Alex Tanney. As a result, he poached him off of the Cowboys practice squad.Â In fact, he kept him over the Cowboys #2 QB, Brandon Weeden. Lombardi said he really liked what he saw from Tanney in their practices, he just needed time to adjust to the speed of the NFL. The Owner hired a new GM and HC, before the other two even had a chance to rebuild the mistake on the lake. In an attempt to make a splash, put fans in the stands or whatever, they drafted Manziel. Once again, Tanney never got a fair chance. Manziel has completed 17 of 29 passes (58.6%), for 160 yards, 1 TD zero INTs, and 1 fumble for a passer rating of 85.2. He finished the 2014 NFL season with a passer rating of 42.0.
- Brandon Weeden: I am convinced that Brandon Weeden is not the answer at QB: so were the Browns when they took a cap hit to cut him and kept Alex Tanney. He has had ample time to develop as an NFL QB and the results are poor. Over his career, Weeden has completed 462 of 825 passes (56.0%) for 5,419 yards, 26 TDs, 28 INTs and 9 fumbles for a passer rating of 72.5. I don’t think I need to convince anyone if Romo goes down the season is over.
- Dustin Vaughn: I believe it’s time for the Vaughn experiment to be over. He just doesn’t have the mental toughness and instincts to be a solid NFL QB. He completed 19 of 34 passes (55.9%) for 190 yards, zero TDs and 2 INTs for a passer rating of 47.4. Enough is enough.
I recently did a scouting report on Jameil Showers, despite how much I like the kid, he is not as NFL ready as Alex Tanney. Let’s be real, he hasn’t even played 4 quarters of NFL football. Tanney not only got some good coaching from Wade Wilson in Dallas, he got to spend some time under the tutelage of the great Norv Turner in Cleveland, who has a solid reputation for developing good QBs ( Troy Aikman can attest to that) and he is already familiar with the Cowboys offense. He has excellent arm strength/accuracy, good anticipation, excellent pocket awareness and the football IQ required to lead an offense. We all know the season is over if Romo goes down. It is my contention that the Dallas Cowboys should do whatever is necessary to bring Alex Tanney back to Dallas. I would be writing aÂ book if I was to show his stats compared to many current starters in the league, but you can go look for yourself at how few are boasting a passer rating of 144.1. That is unheard of from an undrafted kid out of a DIII school. (especially throwing to the camp hands). Again, props to the Cowboys scouts. Actually, he reminds me a lot of another undrafted small school kid named Tony Romo. The only difference is, Tony Romo got a fair chance with one team to develop and compete for a starting job. My gut tells me that is all Alex Tanney needs.