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?
Ã‚Â PerÃ‚Â Matt Florjancic Staff Writer for clevelandbrowns.com:
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was diagnosed with a concussion following SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.Ã‚Â
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden started SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 BrownsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 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 BrownsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ medical staff.
Weeden, who was unavailable for comment per the NFLÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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,
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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 whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to happen,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Tanney, who wore No. 7 in his first practice with the Browns. Ã¢â‚¬Å“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,
Ã¢â‚¬Å“(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.