After seeing former pitching coach Tom House this offseason thanks to a suggestion from New Orleans Saints Pro Bowler Drew Brees, Alex Smith has continued to pay close attention to his form during 49ers workouts.
The 49ers quarterback has taken advantage of the team’s “QB cam,” which gives 49ers signal callers an isolated look at their mechanics during drills.
“This is the time for me to pay close attention to that stuff,” Smith said about reviewing his mechanics which he does after practice. “That’s why I do spend a lot of time in there watching film. We have the QB cam going and I can really watch my footwork and mechanics. Come training camp and season, I don’t want to be thinking about it.”
That’s because Smith knows football isn’t played in a controlled environment, like it is during the non-contact Organized Team Activities and minicamps.
“Come football time, I’m not sitting on top of a mound and get to throw,” Smith noted. “When 300-pound guys are running at you, you just react and throw. Those are times when no one cares about the mechanics. I don’t care who you are, the deal is get the ball to the guy before you get tackled.”
For Smith, one of the biggest takeaways this offseason has been concentrating on his routine outside of practice. Smith now does a full warm-up of his right shoulder before throwing at practice. In addition, Smith focuses on exercises that target the back of his shoulder. Those lessons were reinforced Brees, who likey many NFL quarterbacks, have worked with House on proper quarterbacking mechanics.
“When I first talked to Drew about it, the first thing he really preached about was the routine you build, the daily routine,” Smith recalled. “This isn’t something you do now and then, but it’s an every single day deal.”
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