Brady tunes mechanics with former Red Sox pitcher


Brady tunes mechanics with former Red Sox pitcher

Aside from the Super Bowls, MVPs and ridiculous won-loss record, another legacy Tom Brady will leave behind is that he was as fundamentally clean as any quarterback that ever played.

From footwork to arm position to release, Brady -- who honed his form with quarterbacking guru Tom Martinez -- is the gold standard.

The passing of Martinez this offseason meant Brady needed to find a new set of eyes to check his delivery. He went to Tom House.

Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald reported Tuesday that Brady worked with House at the Rod Dedeaux Research and Baseball Institute at USC. Matt Cassel, Carson Palmer and Alex Smith also attended a week-long evaluation.

You may remember Tom House as this guy. Or as the guy who caught Hank Aaron's 715th home run. But he's been tuning up throwers for a long time now.

What we do here is a high-tech tune-up, House told Guregian. Im not a quarterback coach. Im not a conditioning coach. What we do is assess human movement efficiencies, throwing, then we look for weak links (stability, mobility, flexibility) ... its like tuning up a Ferrari.

There were a couple things with Brady's kinematic sequence, which is basically legs, his delivering hips, delivering shoulders, delivering arm, that the camera said there might be room for improvement, House also told Guregian. And then, in the strength assessment, he had a couple things on his posterior side. But hes fine. He can be whatever he is for as long as he wants to be. But we just picked up a couple of small things on the shoulder. That was pretty much the extent of it.

If the NFL ever went to a logo instead of a shield and needed their own Jerry West, this would fit.

Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'


Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.

PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial


PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court. 

After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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