Alex Smith turned to a former big-league pitcher for help with his throwing motion.
And he’s not the only quarterback to do so.
According to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, Smith joined Tom Brady, Carson Palmer and Matt Cassel in working with noted pitching tutor Tom House at USC. House is considered a motion specialist and the results have been “dramatic improvements” in Smith’s throwing form in the estimation of San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
It’s an interesting idea. Inman reports previous shoulder injuries may have led Smith to alter his motion to compensate for a lack of strength.
“Alex was using his head where he'd have a late posture change to get his release point accurate,” House told Inman.
House used 3-D video that was slowed down for the quarterbacks to study their mechanics and look for ways to become more efficient. You have to wonder if this is something that more quarterbacks will look to try because so few have a clean and perfect motion.
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