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Alex Smith, Tom Brady and others worked with baseball pitching coach in March

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We’ve already heard about the work the 49ers are doing with Alex Smith on his footwork this offseason.

That’s actually stage two in Smith’s offseason mechanical work. Smith spent a week working with former Major League Baseball pitching coach Tom House on his throwing motion. Drew Brees has worked with House in the past and recommended him to Smith for the offseason.

Smith wasn’t alone at USC in March. Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Tom Brady, Matt Cassel and Carson Palmer were also there to get assistance from House. House started working with quarterbacks 10 years ago at the urging of Cam Cameron, who was Chargers offensive coordinator when Brees went to see House for the first time.

Branch’s article focuses on Smith’s work with House, so there aren’t any details on what they worked on with House. Smith’s work focused on increasing strength in his right shoulder and cleaning up mechanical flaws that developed after Smith’s shoulder surgeries. House, who broke down Smith’s motion via three-dimensional video, found that Smith began shifting his head to the left as he threw after the two operations.

“The cool thing is he’s thrown perfectly in his life before – before he hurt his shoulder,” House said. “It was just a matter of rediscovering what he did before his initial surgeries.”

Smith said he emerged from the work with a “healthier throwing motion.” Between this work and his work with the 49ers, it won’t be for a lack of trying if Smith doesn’t improve this season.

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21 Responses to “Alex Smith, Tom Brady and others worked with baseball pitching coach in March”
  1. yelix says: May 13, 2012 10:53 AM

    I’m not a fan of Tom Brady or his Patriots, but it really does say a lot about his attitude that he is still seeing guys about his throwing motion after he’s a lock for the Hall of Fame. I’ve got no problems with Brady’s work ethic.

  2. mrvikingsfan11 says: May 13, 2012 11:00 AM

    I’m glad he is still the 49ers QB. He is a good QB and proved he can get it done last year, this year he will be that much better, plus he has Moss.

  3. jacobslatter says: May 13, 2012 11:00 AM

    Coach Mike Smith: “Matt (Ryan), I’d like you to meet my friend Tom House…….”

  4. lolb23 says: May 13, 2012 11:11 AM

    Brady worked with Verlander. Smith worked with Rick Vaughn.

  5. charger383 says: May 13, 2012 11:17 AM

    Send Tebow to him, he might return as a pitcher

  6. inthezone4 says: May 13, 2012 11:20 AM

    Carson Palmer is a interception machine.

  7. iluvbears says: May 13, 2012 11:44 AM

    Does this mean that most QBs will only be able to go about 2-3 quarters and then a backup QB “reliever” will have to come in and finish their games?

  8. jerrylb4 says: May 13, 2012 12:12 PM

    Tebow already throws a DIRTY slider when pitching to WR’s…..

  9. truthhurtstoo says: May 13, 2012 12:29 PM

    Where was little Markie Sanchez? Posing for GQ?He needs more help than anyone.

  10. fxws says: May 13, 2012 12:43 PM

    Does this mean that most QBs will only be able to go about 2-3 quarters and then a backup QB “reliever” will have to come in and finish their games?


    Rex Ryan thinks so apparently…

  11. boyshole25 says: May 13, 2012 1:01 PM

    if McNabb goes there to work on his throws, they better have a hockey goalie instead of a catcher

  12. patriots123456 says: May 13, 2012 1:58 PM

    Sanchez didn’t attend because it is self-paced. Meaning he probably wouldn’t complete the training until he was eligible for social security.

  13. ken0west says: May 13, 2012 2:07 PM

    For some reason Palmer had the pick off play down right away.

  14. dynaco says: May 13, 2012 2:22 PM

    Eli would have been there but his elbow was sore from lifting Lombardi. Glad all the others were there to possibly learn something though.

  15. joemammy says: May 13, 2012 2:30 PM

    They all want to be Brandon Weeden.

  16. brasho says: May 13, 2012 5:31 PM

    What I find interesting and ironic is that when Tom House was the pitching coach for the Texas Rangers back in the late 80’s, part of his unorthodox training regimen for his pitchers was to have them throw footballs. Now he’s having QBs pitching baseballs.

  17. drunkwino says: May 13, 2012 6:02 PM

    House? Is that where all our Vicodin went? D**MIT DREW!!!

  18. mrjackson206 says: May 13, 2012 9:31 PM

    Hey I’d rather him working on improving any way he can rather have him not doing it. At least he’s trying to get better.

  19. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: May 14, 2012 6:20 AM

    Dr. Cameron calling Dr. House … Somebody please get House! There’s seem to be a major INT problem with this patient. Tell em the case will interesting he’ll come.

  20. bubba9er says: May 14, 2012 3:07 PM

    If the guy is an expert on fixing guys’ throwing motion and accuracy (baseball or football) I don’t know why dudes don’t break down his door all the time. Drew Brees seems to have recovered nicely since his surgery…

  21. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: May 15, 2012 12:46 PM

    Eli wasn’t there beacause Patrick Willis killed him 5 months ago

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