Alex Tanney Back To Cowboys?

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Alex Tanney was my pet cat when he signed with the Dallas Cowboys back in 2013. Unfortunately, the Cleveland Browns poached him off of the practice squad and he never got a chance to develop with a star on his helmet.

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Alex Tanney was praised by the Browns former GM, Michael Lombardi, who was responsible for poaching him. He said he looked great in camp, but he needed some time to adjust to the speed of the game at the NFL level.

The amusing part is, the Browns elected to keep Alex Tanney and cut Brandon Weeden. Norv Turner was the offensive coordinator at that time and has a reputation as one of the best in the league when it comes to developing quarterbacks. He too had nothing but good things to say about Tanney.

As fate would have it, a new owner stepped in and the entire coaching staff,  along with general manager Michael Lombardi were replaced following only one season with the team. The new regime wanted to make a splash and drafted that train wreck named Johnny Manziel. This made Alex Tanney expendable and he was released. How did that work out?

Per an article by our own Al Beam written at this time last year.

alex tanneyAlex 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.

I am the biggest Kellen Moore fan on the planet and that wont change, but in light of his recent injury, the Cowboys need a veteran presence in camp. Alex Tanney saw his first live action last year in the Titans final game of the season vs the Colts. They benched Zach Mettenberger (who was later cut) in the second half and brought in Tanney who performed very well. Despite playing behind a suspect offensive line that allowed him to be sacked 3 times in one half of football, Alex Tanney completed 10 of 14 passes (71.4%) for 99 yards and a TD for a passer rating of 114.9. Not bad for a guy that had minimal to no reps with the starters.

Upon releasing Mettenberger the Titans signed Matt Cassel, who completely bombed out in Dallas. The Titans used the 2nd overall pick in the draft on Marcus Mariota which left Alex Tanney out in the cold. The best he can hope for is to win the number two spot over Matt Cassel.

Alex Tanney is already familiar with the Cowboys offense, has excellent size and length for the position (6-4 228) and a rocket for an arm. As we all know, he has laser accuracy as well. Hell will freeze over before I trust either Dak Prescott or Jameil Showers to lead the Cowboys in the event Tony Romo gets injured before Kellen Moore comes back from injury.

Many have complained that Kellen Moore hasn’t had any legitimate competition in Dallas. There is nothing I would like more than to watch my two pet cats compete for the job. I have to give the edge to Moore because his football IQ and ability to see the field and get through his reads so fast and deliver an accurate pass goes pretty much unmatched. However, Tanney has the physical traits Moore is lacking.

The Cowboys have limited cap space and the pickens are slim out there right now. At this point, I believe Alex Tanney is the best available option for the Cowboys to fill the void at QB until Moore returns. At that point they can let them compete and may the best man win. Bringing in a guy who is already familiar with the Cowboys offense makes all the sense in the world. Especially when they wont have to break the bank to get him.

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  • Al

    I really liked that kid. I got to watch him up close in Oxnard that year and he was impressive. He played well in preseason despite running for his life. I would have no complaints if the Cowboys brought him back.

  • californy

    Is he back with us or are you hoping we signed him.

    • Al

      It appears she wants them to bring him back.

      • californy

        I am hopping Moore will be back with us, and not be gone the whole season

        • Al

          I think we all feel that way

  • californy

    I been looking at Bo levi Mitchell from the CFL as a potential Qb should Kellen be out, In his last 2 years of College he threw 71 TD to 28 Interception,

    In his first 2 years of CFL he threw 71 TD to 29 Interception, plus he won the Grey game his rookie season

    • Al

      I never studied him nor ever heard of him.

  • californy

    Bo Levi Mitchell had a Youtube Video where he threw 2 Blind folded pass to a wr. It was a perfect throw, I didnt want to mention this because many would perceived him like a side show and not take him serious.

    The video to me showed he had his mechanics down, and could make the pass blind folded, that how I see that

  • californy

    I been wanting the Cowboys to upgrade the CB position, and I cant help but notice Chris Culliver is out there still. He had better number in his Career than Carr has, and he has double the stats in PD and Interception than Claiborne, He also know Greg Jackson, and Greg Jackson know him out there in SF when he was there

    • BigDIndiana

      He got released by the Skins after 1 year into a 4 year deal. Tore his ACL and MCL and had a personal conduct suspension. Probably not something they wanted to do with the money he probably wants. This Anthony Brown kid from the video I have seen looks pretty darn good so far. Different system from Purdue and appears to be a better fit for him.

      • Al

        he has looked good for a rook

  • californy

    Word has it Wade Wilson took personal time off, How I wished Moore could be this team qb coach for this season should he be lost for the season like rumor has it

    • Al

      They said he is Linehans third hand. He is more like the assistant OC.

      • californy

        The Cowboy site say Matt Eberflus is the LB coach and the passing game coordinator. That just another of those things that dont make sense, lol

    • BigDIndiana

      something with his foot I believe. He is diabetic so that is something that requires immediate attention.

    • BigDIndiana

      something with his foot I believe. He is diabetic so that is something that requires immediate attention.

  • Johnathan Nguyen

    Can’t agree more!! Lets go get Alex!

  • BigDIndiana

    He was my pet cat back then too. I was bummed when he got snatched off the practice squad. If he came in it may be Moore vs Tanney for a spot and they don’t want that. Most teams will keep a top 4th round QB on the roster for at least a 3rd spot unless he stinks the joint up. Showers to PS to keep him around. I think that it will come down to if Moore won’t miss too much time they might decide to roll with what they have. The 2 youngsters looked pretty decent yesterday from what I saw.

    • Al

      Both of them held the ball way too long in drills. They would get killed in real games. Only see half the field and never get through all 5 reads. Lots of check downs and perimeter passes. The spread and read option offenses destroy QBs in college. Hogan and Kessler will thrive coming from pro style offenses. Moore started 53 games in the most complex offense in college. Tanney has excellent arm strength and great accuracy. He is pretty mobile too. Big strong kid. I watched him throw 60 yds on one knee. Only thing is, Moore is smarter and sees the field better. I would cut Dak for Tanney in a heartbeat. Showers looks better than Dak.

      • BigDIndiana

        Showers looks better than what I saw last year. BB even said he had the best OTAs of the 3 backups. Wasn’t expecting that. The TD Showers threw Saturday was probably an 8 count though LOL. I see some good, 1 of Daks 2 TDs to Andy Jones on the corner fade was pretty sweet….and a nice route. I don’t expect either to carry a game yet. I’m glass half full LOL Haven’t followed Tanney much since he unfortunately got plucked away. Wonder why nobody has picked him up?

        • Al

          He is Mariota’s backup in Tennessee.They cut Mettenberger and kept him. Then they later brought in Cassel for competition when Dallas released him. I am hoping we can trade for Alex.

        • Al

          A lot of QBs look good in team drills, but fall apart in real game situations. Weeden looked like Brady in 7 on 7 drills. Moore is the opposite: not real impressive in drills, but turns it on in real games.

        • Al

          One thought occurred to me though. Moore is in a contract year. This whole injury thing could be smoke and mirrors so other teams don’t see where he is at in Preseason and his price goes up. Teams have been known to fake injuries in the past. Red did say that Kellen has a lot of football ahead of him.

          I laid out every type of ankle injury in my story before they announced it, then they said it was the worst one I mentioned. What are the odds of not only getting injured by his own teammate, but it being two fractures in the worst location? In my mind, they know Moore is ready and want to see what they have in the young guys to avoid keeping 4 QBs. This is competition between Dak and Jameil in my mind.

          • BigDIndiana

            They can keep 4 by putting Showers back on PS. Keep Dak as the 3 when Kellen is back. Just for draft status. I think they are getting an audition to see if one might could manage a game or 2. I don’t expect either to set the world on fire, especially Dak with just a few practices in a whole new system. I couldn’t see Tennessee making that trade, and being stuck with just Cassell, without us giving up a bunch.

          • Johnathan Nguyen

            Is this the grassy knoll theory Al? lol

  • frank

    I would give him a shot he’s better than what they had last year not counting Kellen Moore tough break for him (DEF28)

  • frank

    I would give him a shot he’s better than what they had last year not counting Kellen Moore tough break for him (DEF28)