When former Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III once tried to pick the brain of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Brady wasn’t interested. So Griffin has decided to pick the brain of the guy whose brain Brady picks.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Griffin will spend the week with Tom House in an effort to work on Griffin’s mechanics. Griffin then will head to Cleveland for the launch of the offseason training program on April 4.
Cabot describes House as a “close associate” of Browns coach Hue Jackson. Of his various clients, House has worked with Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, Jackson’s most recent pupil in Cincinnati.
The challenge when it comes to quarterback mechanics continues to be overriding years of muscle memory that kick in once a quarterback finds himself in the heat of the moment, relying on instinct. Still, the every-waking-moment obsession that afflicts high-end quarterbacks includes putting in enough reps to alter muscle memory — and to make themselves sufficiently comfortable while in the eye of the hurricane to allow things to slow down to the point where something more than instinct is controlling the quarterback’s movements.
Still, it can’t hurt to get some extra help. And maybe it’s a sign that Griffin is finally ready to do whatever he has to do to get the most out of his innate abilities.