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49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo working with 'quarterback whisperer' Tom House

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo working with 'quarterback whisperer' Tom House

The work 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has in front of him won't be as arduous as the rehabilitation process -- that's the good news. But he's not out of the woods yet.

After suffering a torn ACL in his left knee last September, all of his focus can be concentrated on taking himself to the next level to become the best he can be. That means bringing in the talents of Tom House as a summer QB coach.

House, a "quarterback whisperer," coached the likes of fellow QBs Drew Brees, Alex Smith, Carson Palmer, and Jimmy G's former teammate, Tom Brady. 

"When he shows up, you know what you're going to get," House told ESPN's Nick Wagoner about Garoppolo.

Garoppolo was described by House as being "humble and hungry for success," just as the other star quarterbacks have been. That makes House's job much easier.

For the next month or so, Jimmy G will work with House and his team at the 3DQB training facility, CEO Adam Dedeaux, motion mechanics instructor John Beck and motion expert Taylor Kelly on everything -- and I mean everything. The 3DQB plan includes fundamental throwing mechanics, sure, but they also monitor Garoppolo's nutrition and sleep.

He won't be alone in some of the training sessions but didn't name names of teammates that would be joining him.

"During these 40 days, you do so many different things, physical, mental," Garoppolo said to Wagoner. "You're trying to recover at the same time [as] getting ready for training camp. I think just having the timing of the offense down, being in rhythm with the receivers that I'll work with and everything, and just getting comfortable. It's been a little while since I've been in 11-on-11 football, so just getting as comfortable as I can as quickly as I can."

House, aware of Garoppolo's medical rehab, wants to make sure the next steps are the right ones for the two-time Super Bowl champ.

"As the performance part of the rehab, we are working in lockstep with the medical rehab," House said. "We just make sure to coordinate accordingly. You don't want to undo anything the medical has done, and you don't want to overdo anything on the performance side. When you've got a guy like Jimmy -- and I had met him and got to know him a little bit when he was with the Patriots -- and obviously he gets along really well with the young coaches on our staff, so it was a good fit in both directions."   

But there's no rush.

"I think all of that will come with time," Garoppolo said. "I'll try to implement as many drills as I can during these 40 days or so. But, I think once until the bullets start flying and everything, then we'll really see."

House started his career as a pitcher for seven seasons in Major League Baseball across three teams. He earned his Ph.D. in Sports/Performance Psychology while he was becoming a pitching coach. He began working with quarterbacks in 2006 when Brees was rehabbing a dislocated right shoulder. 

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Since then, he's worked with just about every notable quarterback you can imagine. Brees himself said House doesn't stop at the physical but works with the individual as a whole. Brees mentioned in his book, "Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Power of Adversity," that he was a different player than before.

"I was coming back stronger and better than ever," Brees wrote.

Jimmy G hopes the same is true for him as the 2019 season is just around the corner.

49ers' new-attitude defense shows out vs. Bengals, holds key to wins

49ers' new-attitude defense shows out vs. Bengals, holds key to wins

CINCINNATI — The 49ers' defense was overshadowed by an offense that put 41 points and 572 yards on the board against the Bengals, but it still had a Sunday not to forget.

San Francisco held Cincinnati to 316 yards in total offense, including a shockingly low 25 on the ground. Another 66 yards of that total came on the Bengals' final offensive play -- a garbage-time touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to John Ross. Take that away, and the Bengals' total offensive output was 250 yards as the 49ers rolled 41-17 at Paul Brown Stadium.

That one week after the 49ers held the Buccaneers to 17 points and 295 total yards in a season-opening road win.

Ronald Blair, Solomon Thomas, Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner all recorded quarterback sacks Sunday, and linebacker Kwon Alexander logged his first interception as a 49er and the seventh of his NFL career. The defense also racked up eight pass break-ups, with Alexander responsible for three, Ahkello Witherspoon and D.J. Reed for two apiece, and Jullian Taylor for one.

The 49ers' new attitude on defense is noticeable, and much of the credit for that goes to Alexander and defensive end Dee Ford being added to the lineup and, of course, veteran cornerback Richard Sherman's presence.

Jimmy Garoppolo explained how unique the group is and how Alexander really has changed the mood.

"Yeah, Kwon's awesome, man," the 49ers quarterback said. "He really is. The defense as a whole, it’s a different attitude, and I’ve never been around a defense like that. When I turn the ball over and they hold them to a field goal and miss it, it just gives you so much more confidence in those guys. They played their asses off, and it’s incredible."

Alexander could be considered an instigator of sorts. He's always seen on the sideline with a lot of energy, and if any trash talk is happening on the field, you'd best believe that he's involved. He also takes full responsibility for second-year pro Fred Warner's vocal emergence this season.

[RELATED: Grading 49ers' offense, defense in rout of Bengals]

Alexander believes motivation is cyclical, with all phases of the game keeping the energy high for each other. He thrives off it.

"Everybody buying in, doing what they got to do," Alexander said. "Offense doing what they got to do running the ball, D going out there making plays and turnovers ...

"Everybody was just feeding off each other, and once you do that, once you get a team feeding off each other and playing fast, you’re going to win a lot of games."

So, while the offense had a better showing Sunday, the defense is what could keep the 2-0 49ers' upward trajectory on course. Not only is the unit capable of helping pull out a win when the offense struggles, but the defense can alleviate pressure on Jimmy G and Co. to perform.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger to undergo MRI, could miss 49ers game

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger to undergo MRI, could miss 49ers game

The 49ers are 2-0 for the first time since 2012, and they've started a season with two consecutive road wins for the first time since 1989. They won't have their starting left tackle when they play their first home game of the season, in Week 3 against the Steelers, but it's possible Joe Staley won't be the most critical player missing from that contest.

That's not a jab at Staley, mind you. As the protector of Jimmy Garoppolo's blind side, his importance to San Francisco cannot be overstated. But he's not the quarterback, and Pittsburgh could be without its signal-caller next Sunday at Levi's Stadium.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was removed from Sunday's 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks after appearing to injure his throwing arm during the second quarter. Roethlisberger did not return, and reportedly is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his elbow.

Roethlisberger was in obvious discomfort after the play on which the injury occurred. However, according to ESPN's Dianna Rusini, Big Ben reportedly had been dealing with inflammation in his right elbow during the past week.

As such, Roethlisberger's status for Week 3 obviously is in question. Making matters worse for the Steelers, they traded away their former backup quarterback, Joshua Dobbs, to the Jaguars last week for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick. Additionally, running back James Connor went to the blue tent late in the loss to the Seahawks and did not return.

Mason Rudolph came on in relief of Roethlisberger and performed admirably, completing 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns as the Steelers almost pulled off a late comeback. However, there's a reason why he was third-string on the depth chart as of one week ago, and there's no question Pittsburgh is a stronger team with Big Ben behind center.

[RELATED: Now-injured Staley vows to coach 49ers rookie left tackle]

Depending on the results of Roethlisberger's MRI, the 49ers could face a significantly depleted team at some very important positions.