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.