Alex Tanney was promoted by the Philadelphia Eagles to quarterbacks coach during the 2023 offseason. A former NFL quarterback, Tanney enters his third year with the team after originally joining the staff in 2021.
In 2022, Tanney served as Philadelphia's assistant quarterbacks coach/offensive assistant. He supported the growth of Jalen Hurts, who navigated the Eagles to Super Bowl LVII after finishing second in the league in touchdown-to-interception ratio (3.67), third in passer rating (101.5), yards per attempt (8.0) and total yards per game (297.4), and fourth in total touchdowns (35, tied Randall Cunningham's team record set in 1990). Hurts also posted the second-most rushing touchdowns (13) ever by an NFL quarterback, behind Cam Newton in 2011 (14). Overall, Philadelphia established eight single-season team records on offense during its 14-3 campaign.
In 2021, Tanney spent his first season with the Eagles assisting an offense that led the league with a franchise record in rushing yards (2,715). Philadelphia also ranked fourth in third-down percentage (45.7 pct.).
Tanney enjoyed a nine-year career (2012-20) as a backup quarterback. After entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs (2012), he spent time with the Dallas Cowboys (2013), Cleveland Browns (2013), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014), Tennessee Titans (2014-15, 2015-17), Buffalo Bills (2015), Indianapolis Colts (2015) and New York Giants (2018-20). He saw action in two contests, completing 11-of-15 (73.3 pct.) attempts for 100 yards, one touchdown and a 113.2 rating.
Tanney attended Monmouth College (IL), where he set NCAA Division III career records in passing yards (14,249) and passing touchdowns (157) and was a three-time Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year. In 2009, Tanney threw for 3,856 yards and 44 touchdowns and won the Melberger Award as Division III's best player. He also established a school record with 50 touchdown passes as a sophomore in 2008.
A native of Lexington, IL, Tanney graduated from Monmouth with a degree in business administration and economics.
His two older brothers, Matt and Mitch, are also in the sports industry. Matt is the athletics director at Wabash College (IN) and Mitch previously served as the director of analytics for the Denver Broncos.
Tanney and his wife, Rebecca, have three sons: Gunnar, Wyatt, and Barrett.