AFC West: Alex Tanney

Chiefs cut YouTube star QB

May, 2, 2013
Alex Tanney may be able to hit a moving truck from his living room, but he won’t be connecting with receivers at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs cut four players including the quarterback. Tanney was on injured reserve last year after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He was never considered a NFL top prospect. Tanney, though, was a national curiosity because of a YouTube video that created a star. Tanney is a trick-shot artist and the video showed him making several incredible passes.

But that doesn’t mean anything in the NFL world.

With Tanney gone, former fifth-round pick, Ricky Stanzi, may be next on the chopping block. The Chiefs have four quarterbacks on the roster; Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Stanzi and undrafted free agent Tyler Bray. If Bray performs well in training camp, he is expected to be the No. 3 quarterback.

The Chiefs also cut fullback Patrick DiMarco, offensive lineman Bryan Mattison and linebacker Cory Greenwood.

In another AFC West note:

In an Insider piece, Chris Sprow thinks Insider Oakland and Kansas City could be in the market for a top quarterback in the draft. I’d add the Chargers to that list if Philip Rivers has a bad year.

Mailbag: Sean Payton to AFC West?

November, 7, 2012
Mid-week mail call:

Eric from Cincinnati wants to know if New Orleans coach Sean Payton could end up coaching in the AFC West in 2013.

Bill Williamson: I’d doubt it. It sounds like he's staying in New Orleans. If he does bolt, the Dallas Cowboys have to be considered the favorite landing spot. There could be openings in both San Diego and in Kansas City, but I doubt either team would win a bidding war for Payton, who looks like he could be the coaching prize of the offseason.

Matt McBeth from El Cajon, Calif., wants to know if I think quarterback Alex Tanney has a future with the Chiefs.

BW: Probably not. He is on the injured reserve now, so the team will likely give him another look in the offseason. He doesn’t project as a potential starter, but stranger things have happened. The Chiefs will probably need to look elsewhere for a young quarterback.

Steve Blecha from San Francisco wants to know if I think D.J. Williams could be used some at middle linebacker when he returns from his NFL suspension next week.

BW: It’s a possibility since Williams can play all three spots. He is versatile and Denver will likely sprinkle him where he is needed as he shakes off the rust. Williams is better at weakside, but with Wesley Woodyard playing at a high level, having Williams get some snaps in the middle may not be a bad idea.

AFC West links: Peyton Manning in TV ad

July, 10, 2012
Denver Broncos

What if Peyton Manning takes a hit and is lost for a significant amount of time, or worse yet, the entire season?'s Dan Hanzus examines the depth chart behind Manning.

Adrian Adame, a Colorado Springs native and father of three children who lost their home in the Waldo Canyon fires, received support from Broncos defensive linemen Ben Garland and Justin Bannan and Miles the mascot early this week. "My son plays football, so meeting the Broncos, he'll remember that for the rest of his life -- seeing how big this guys were, that's pretty motivating," Adame told Sam Davis of

When it comes to Super Bowl odds, the Broncos are tied with the Lions and Bears at 20-to-1, according to the Denver Post's Mike Klis.

The league's most prominent pitchman, Peyton Manning, will appear in a new Buick commercial on Wednesday night during the ESPY Awards show.

Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe and the Chiefs have almost exactly one week for the two sides to decide on how the 2012 season will play out for the wide receiver.

Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll referred to Alex Tanney as “trick shot” during one of the rookie’s first OTA practices as a member of the Chiefs. Josh Looney of Chiefs Insider explains the history behind the nickname.

Oakland Raiders

Veteran defensive end Richard Seymour says coach Dennis Allen has the "it factor," writes Gregg Rosenthal on

General manager Reggie McKenzie described talks between the Raiders and strong safety Tyvon Branch’s agent about a long-term contract as ongoing, the Oakland Tribune reports.

San Diego Chargers

The Chargers admit that reaching out to rival fans may have been a bad idea, writes Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The all-time Chargers great is hosting the LaDainian Tomlinson Preparatory Academy this weekend.
The Kansas City Chiefs might not have found their future quarterback in the form of Alex Tanney.

However, the team did provide its players some training-camp entertainment this week. There’s no doubt, the Chiefs’ veterans will make Tanney show his passing magic tricks during the dog days of camp.

The team announced Tuesday that it signed Tanney, who attended Monmouth College (Ill.). Tanney set an NCAA Division III record with 14,249 passing yards and an NCAA mark with 157 touchdowns. Still, he wasn’t highly regarded by NFL teams. He was recently given a tryout by Buffalo, but was not signed. ESPN’s Mel Kiper ranked him as the 48th best quarterback prospect this year.

But Tanney does have a following. He became a YouTube sensation with this video. The homemade video allowed Tanney to display his amazing arm in an array of trick shots, including throwing a ball into a moving vehicle from his living room window, and making passes from rooftops.

Of course, the only way Tanney will make an impression in Kansas City is if he can make plays on the field. Hitting a moving truck won’t help his cause in the NFL.

The fact that Tanney put up big numbers in college makes him interesting. But, at this point, I think he is a long-shot prospect whose best chance is to stick on the practice squad this year. If any NFL team truly thought Tanney had a real chance to make its team, he would have been signed immediately after the draft.

Still, at the very least, he should provide some occasional summer entertainment. There’s always value in that.

AFC West notes

June, 5, 2012
ESPN’s John Clayton likes the bargain shopping the Oakland Raiders did in free agency.

— San Diego coach Norv Turner is expecting more excitement from the Chargers’ defense in 2012.

— The Chiefs have signed undrafted rookie quarterback Alec Tanney. He is from Monmouth College (Ill.). He set an NCAA Division III record as he threw for 14,249 yards and he set an NCAA record with 157 touchdowns. At best, Tanney is likely looking for a practice-squad spot in 2012.

— Former Kansas City pass-rusher Wallace Gilberry signed with Tampa Bay. It became evident earlier in the offseason that the Chiefs were moving away from the part-time player. He showed occasional good pass-rushing burst, but he wasn’t a consistent performer.

— Denver receiver Brandon Stokley, who will turn 36 this month, showed Monday he still has skills.