Weeden suffers concussion: will Alex Tanney get his Shot?

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Is there such a thing as destiny? Fate? The Cleveland Browns poached Alex Tanney from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad last week, and now he may get his chance to start in the NFL.

Weeden suffers concussion: will Alex Tanney get his Shot?

Alex Tanney: Cincinnati Bengals v Dallas Cowboys

 

  Per  Matt Florjancic Staff Writer for clevelandbrowns.com:

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was diagnosed with a concussion following Sunday’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden started Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars because of a concussion Jason Campbell suffered in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.

 

As fate would have it, that also was the injury Weeden wound up suffering during the Browns’ 32-28 loss to the Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium.

 

After the game, a team spokesman said Weeden reported symptoms of a concussion, which was later confirmed through an evaluation by the Browns’ medical staff.

Weeden, who was unavailable for comment per the NFL’s concussion protocol, completed 24 of 40 attempts for a career-best 370 yards and three touchdowns against two interceptions. He carried a 94.8 quarterback rating, despite being sacked three times for 28 lost yards and three turnovers.

As I stated in my previous article: as an analyst I was happy for Alex Tanney because he was now in a position to compete for a starting job. As a fan, I was chewing nails because I believe he would have been the future behind Tony Romo. As fate would have it, he may get thrown in to the fire with only two weeks to learn the Browns offense, and virtually no time to develop any chemistry with the receivers. Alex Tanney said in an interview with the Cleveland media when asked about his Youtube video that went viral,

“I think that a lot of people have the idea that I would not be in the position that I am in right now if it was not for the YouTube video, So, you know, I have answered that question a thousand times.”

“You never know what’s going to happen,” said Tanney, who wore No. 7 in his first practice with the Browns. “You always have to be prepared. Even when I was on (injured reserve last season with Kansas City) I was preparing … because when you are young in this league you have to learn so much and take so much time.”

Alex Tanney said he has learned a lot from the Dallas Cowboys franchise QB Tony Romo. He said that he came in to training camp late, missed OTA’s and only had a short time to learn the offense so it is nothing new to him. He said he learned how to see the field the way Romo does, and that he spent as much time as he could picking his brain and trying to learn as much from the veteran as he could. He told the Cleveland media,

“(Romo) went to a small school close there in Illinois and you see guys like that … are in the NFL, Coming out looking at that it gave a guy like me hope.”

I was pretty much standing on the table for Alex Tanney when he came to Dallas. When CJ and Al went to Oxnard to cover training camp for YDCFF, they both had nothing but positive things to say about him when they returned. I have high hopes for Tanney, and I am confident that despite having such a short time in Cleveland, his natural instincts and ability will serve him well. To be honest, I can’t wait to see how he does with no OTA’s or training camp in Cleveland. He has one hell of a task ahead of him, if he can pull it off, he will make history. I can’t remember a time that an undrafted QB ever got thrown in to the fire as a starter in the NFL with only 2 weeks on the team. Whatever happens will happen, but this analyst is beginning to believe in destiny.

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  • californy

    I believe Tanney is in a good situation with Cleveland, they are an up an coming team. They are a top 5 team in Pass defense, Top 5 in rush defense and they have 4th best defense over all. Preseason number had them as a top 10 offensive line. They are currently rank 28th in rushing department , one behind Dallas, and they are rank 12 best pass offense despite playing with a QB who is nothing more than a 2rd to third string talent

    • Cleveland is on the rise. Lombardi is rebuilding there.

      • californy

        There are several team I am looking at next year, in term on how they continue to rebuild, their team is the Rams, Raiders, Cleveland, Cards, Indy, KC, and the Eagles. I just wished we could rebuild that fast.. All those team have good cap number too.

        • Gabriel Carrasco

          You forgot the Jets, their D is still very good, but they really need to pick things up on offense, they probably go offense this draft.

          • californy

            Im Not familiar with Jets Cap situation, last time I check it was not good. Oakland ate 80 million in cap hits this year and next year they are projected to be around 60-80 million bellow the cap number

  • californy

    I think Norv Turner is doing an outstanding job changing QB ever other 3 week. Cleveland is rank 12 in passing , that 10 spots ahead of the Cowboys with Quarter backs who are 2-3 round talent.

    Don’t think that Cleveland don’t have their offensive issue trading their marque Rb, and their top WR is a player with a long drug wrap sheet, Josh Gordon, but despite all of this Cleveland is competing every game

  • californy

    Josh Gordon had another big game yesterday 260 yards on the day. He is a long pass type of WR and Tanney has that long pass touch. It going to be nice if they every connect

  • californy

    Cas, Im not anointing Tanney just yet, but I do agree he is in a much better situation with a real QB coach in Norv Turner

    • Gabriel Carrasco

      Not just Tanney, but Derek Carr has huge arm talent as well. He just lost his first game, but that fallas on the defense. He had 500 yards with 6 TD to 1 INT.

      • californy

        I saw the game live, I took off in the middle of the 3rd quarter, 1 seen the writing on the wall.. I think Carr had 45 td to 5 interception on the season

        • Gabriel Carrasco

          45 TD to 5 INT is great. Fales is projected to be a 2nd round pick. He is perfect for the west coast offense. He is also 6’3″ Dallas could potentially give him a look.

      • californy

        David Fallas SJ State QB is a good QB, it no surprise to me what he did to the Bulldogs. I just though Fresno had a better defense than they showed on that day. They didnt.

    • i am not anointing him, but I like him a lot and think he can develop in to a franchise QB.