Since stepping away from the huddle, Tanney has done what so many other quarterbacks do and gone into coaching. He was quickly brought into the coaching staff of the Philadelphia Eagles under head coach Nick Sirianni as an offensive quality control coach. The next year, he was bumped all the way up to assistant quarterbacks coach and offensive assistant coach.
Then, in 2023, he was promoted to quarterbacks coach, replacing Brian Johnson, who had been made the offensive coordinator. That’s only his third year as a coach in the NFL, and he’s already one step away from offensive coordinator. After that, who knows? Maybe it will be a head coaching position. Sirianni has raved about Tanney’s skills as a coach, saying he’s super intelligent and that he connects well with the players. After ten years in the NFL, that’s a big boon.
A Huge Suprise, Or Not?
To say that Andrew Luck’s retirement announcement was abrupt would be putting it mildly. After seven seasons, and before he even turned thirty, Luck told the entire world that he was done – and it was only two weeks before the start of the 2019 season. The injuries were just too much. As Luck said, the cycle of getting injured and recovering has taken all the joy out of the game.
He gave very few interviews or public appearances after that, but he would later go on to say that habits he had picked up during his time as a quarterback had been putting pressure on his marriage to his wife, Nicole. At the end of the day, he realized that his marriage was more important than success in football. Luck has returned to Stanford as a graduate student, working on a master’s degree in education.
Despite winning plenty of college awards and breaking almost all his school’s records, Alex Tanney went undrafted in the 2012 NFL draft. Afterward, he was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs. He quickly acquired a finger injury and was placed on injured reserve. After that, he started bouncing around the league, going from the Chiefs to the Cowboys to the Browns to the Buccaneers to the Titans. After that it was the Bills, then the Colts, and then...back to the Titans.
He made it onto the field for the first time on January 3rd, 2016, relieving the injured Zach Mettenberger, and he threw his first and only touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham. After a few more years, he was signed by the New York Giants and was named the primary backup behind Eli Manning. After a few years with the Giants, Tanney announced his retirement on February 9, 2021.
Incredibly, Jay Cutler (the football one, not the bodybuilder one) is one of the best quarterbacks in Chicago Bears history. He never won a Super Bowl and nearly threw as many interceptions as he did touchdowns, but the Bears don’t really have the most stellar history. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos and played with them for three years, after which he was traded to the Bears.
He played with them for eight seasons, and during that period, he led the league twice in interceptions thrown. And another time, he led the league in number of times being sacked. After the rest of his contract was bought out by the Bears, Cutler retired in 2016. However, in 2017, Miami reached out to him after Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-ending injury. It wasn’t a great place for him to play, though he did beat Tom Brady and the Patriots once.
Introduced to Media
After his single year with the Dolphins, Cutler decided to end his time on the field. He took to appearing in the show that his wife Kristin Cavallari had, “Very Cavallari.” This ended after the two separated and ended up getting divorced. Since that time, Cutler has become something of an entrepreneur. He’s started a subscription service called CUTS. It’s not a media service like Netflix – it actually contains meat.
Apparently, Jay Cutler has had a lifelong obsession with great steaks. The subscription service gives you fine CUTS of meat with every box. At least, that’s what the website’s ad copy says. Cutler has also created his own podcast, “Uncut,” which has plenty of episodes, but he hasn’t posted one since the fall of 2022. Perhaps it’s because, at that time, he launched the Gratis Brewing Company in Nashville.