Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Cody Kessler will train with throwing expert Tom House alongside teammate and fellow quarterback Robert Griffin III this off-season.
Browns quarterbacks Josh McCown, Connor Shaw and Austin Davis may join them as well.
House is a former major-league pitcher who earned his Ph.D. in Sports Performance/Psychology on his journey to becoming a pitching coach. He has trained NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Alex Smith.
Kessler said Browns head coach Hue Jackson connected him with House, the man who is working with RG3 to help revitalize his career.
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For Kessler, a third-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft, working with House could improve his mechanics so he can perform at an NFL level. At USC, the QB threw for 10,339 yards and 88 touchdowns, ranking fourth and third, respectively, in school history.
“The biggest part for me is obviously there’s always things you can work on throwing-wise and mechanics and everything,” Kessler said to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “But I want to come into camp and act like I’ve been in this offense for 10 years.”
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House made his reputation as a pitching coach, but he emphasizes that training quarterbacks isn’t much different from training pitchers because the throwing motion is the same. “I’m a rotational-athlete evaluator,” House once said to NFL.com. “Pitching, quarterbacking, tennis, golf, hitting—all rotational athletes have the same timing, the same kinematic sequencing.”
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House uses 3D analysis to help evaluate a quarterback’s throwing motion, then tweaks the motion to promote proper mechanics.
Kessler and RG3 will be competing for the Browns’ starting QB job. Will training with House make it a closer contest? Cleveland has a history of needing more than one starting quarterback in a season, so it’s probably a good idea to have several athletes ready to play.