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Chiefs sign trick shot quarterback Alex Tanney


Alex Tanney’s play at quarterback, which included 157 touchdown passes, for Division III Monmouth College didn’t make him very well known.

It took a YouTube video of Tanney throwing the ball off the goalposts from midfield along with various other “trick shots” to get his name out there. Based on the nearly 2.5 million views the video has gotten, people took notice. It’s hard to say what those kind of throws say about Tanney’s ability to make the NFL, but the Chiefs seem to be intrigued. The team announced Tuesday that they have signed Tanney as a rookie free agent.

His chances of the team might rely on who wins the backup quarterback derby currently going on at Chiefs practice. Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi are alternating days with the second unit, with Quinn holding a slight advantage at present according to Romeo Crennel. If that remains the case, the Chiefs would likely opt to hold onto Stanzi, a 2011 fifth-round pick, as a developmental quarterback.

If he beats Quinn out, and there’s a groundswell of support on that front, there might be an opening for Tanney to take over the developmental slot while Quinn looks elsewhere for a job. That might be a long shot, but there aren’t many other kinds for undrafted viral video stars who played in Division III.

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14 Responses to “Chiefs sign trick shot quarterback Alex Tanney”
  1. jbaxt says: Jun 5, 2012 3:11 PM

    I got $20 that he’s better than Tebow, and that clowns a #2 QB, or a #1 on the laughable donkey squad. The donks had to dump Tebow because they know their idiot fan base would be chanting his name by game 5 forcing them to bench Orton, uh, I mean Manning.

  2. howiefeltersnatch says: Jun 5, 2012 3:20 PM

    The more I see this Chiefs thing play out I can’t helpbut feel deja vu from RAC’s time here in Cleveland.

    The next thing you know Ted Washington will be the starting nose tackle.

  3. ralphwilsonisrich says: Jun 5, 2012 3:21 PM

    Was in the Bills camp, well that didn’t long for his release.

  4. billsin20xx says: Jun 5, 2012 3:25 PM

    I thought the Bill’s signed him?

  5. scarletmacaw says: Jun 5, 2012 3:31 PM

    He may not be NFL material, but his ability to throw the ball into exact spots makes him a valuable training camp QB.

  6. godofwine330 says: Jun 5, 2012 3:34 PM

    I saw this video. Dude is good. Maybe one other QB in the NFL could pull off what he did. I don’t care how many takes, you could have given 99% of people and given them a million takes and they couldn’t do this. Good luck to him.

  7. listenup823 says: Jun 5, 2012 3:43 PM

    Jbaxt….probably another sorry a$$ Chefs fan.. Does mommy know you’re using her Internet?

  8. lucasjaypauley says: Jun 5, 2012 3:45 PM

    Like I’ve said before on this site, I went to college with Alex Tanney. He’s got the skills to compete in the NFL. The video showcasing his skills and his chances so far with NFL teams are proof of that. The question with DIII standouts will always be what will happen when the game speeds up a little bit. Tanney absolutely tore up opponents at Monmouth. Believe me, I was a guy watching him do it for three years. With tougher competition on defense and more complex offensive systems, it will be interesting to see how his game will adapt. His got the skills to do it but he’s most definitely got to make the most of his chances.

  9. granadafan says: Jun 5, 2012 3:58 PM

    At least he’s getting a shot. Now he has to prove he’s more than a trick shot QB and an actual player at the highest level. I’ll be cheering for him and that linebacker who spent 6 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit.

  10. Deb says: Jun 5, 2012 4:20 PM

    Love his trick-shot video, but comparing that to NFL football is like comparing a Harlem Globetrotters’ performance to NBA basketball. If he’d showed any real game promise, I’d think he’d have gotten some buzz from the scouts for his college play. Then again, James Harrison was an UDFA who’d been cut a couple of times before becoming a DPOY for the Steelers. KC isn’t exactly swimming in QB talent, so given the opportunity, Tanney might prove himself. If he makes the team, I’ll look forward to seeing what he can do with an NFL defense bearing down on him.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 5, 2012 4:50 PM

    Signing for the league minimum, Alex can now be described as a “cheap trick shot quarterback”.

  12. raiderapologist says: Jun 5, 2012 6:46 PM

    So the Chiefs now have four good quarterbacks on the roster?

  13. j0esixpack says: Jun 5, 2012 7:12 PM

    If the Chiefs let their free agents film and self edit their own highlight videos and pick their roster accordingly, he’s got a great shot of making the team.

  14. joetoronto says: Jun 6, 2012 5:22 AM

    Awesome, another crap QB for the Chiefs.

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