Mac Jones sparks rumors alongside Tom Brady’s legendary throwing coach
By Jerry Trotta
The New England Patriots‘ offseason discourse is currently centered on the team’s salary cap space, or lack thereof, and the future of JC Jackson, who’s out of a contract and will likely command top-of-the market money.
What should be getting more attention, though, is the development of Mac Jones, who’s coming off a superb debut season in which he became the first rookie quarterback since Lamar Jackson in 2018 to start a playoff game.
For all of the success Jones enjoyed in Year 1, he still has plenty of room for improvement. The Alabama product has said himself he’s excited to begin a stricter diet and focus on becoming more nimble in the pocket.
But what about his throwing mechanics? We know Jones is deadly accurate in the intermediate passing game, but it goes without saying that his arm strength and overall downfield accuracy leave a lot to be desired.
That’s not to say he needs a complete overhaul, but Patriots fans will love seeing the young quarterback hanging out with Tom Brady’s legendary throwing coach Tom House over the weekend.
Is Patriots star Mac Jones working with Tom Brady’s legendary throwing coach Tom House?
That’s right, Pats Nation. Jones was in attendance to see House receive the 2021 Legacy Recognition Award on Saturday. This comes just a few days after the 23-year-old was caught liking multiple tweets from the QB whisperer, so the buzz of the duo working together is only going to grow louder from here.
That, of course, hasn’t been confirmed yet, but House is clearly an admirer of Jones. During a recent interview with Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston, House had nothing but positive things to say about the former No. 15 overall pick. He even went as far as to say he can help strengthen Jones’ arm.
"From what I know about dealing with quarterbacks and pitchers, when they show up, very few of them have maxed out their genetic capacity to throw.I don’t know the farthest that Mac has ever thrown a football, but I guarantee you we can train him to do it. We can re-pattern and retrain his delivery to handle consistent 60-yard throws if necessary. I could look Coach Belichick in the face and say, ‘If you need him to throw five 60-yarders this game, he can do it for you.’"
And speaking of Jones’ recent Twitter likes …
Oh really!? More of this, please.
If Jones and House have linked up (or plan to) this offseason, the rest of the NFL should be put on notice.
Having coached some of MLB’s most accomplished pitchers and an elite group of quarterbacks, including Brady, Andrew Luck and Drew Brees, House is one of the most recognized arm specialists in the world of sport.
Coming off a season in which he led all rookies in completion percentage (67.6%), passing yards (3,801), touchdowns (22) and passer rating (92.5), it’s scary to think what Jones’ ceiling could be if he gets into the lab with House.
If it hasn’t happened already, it seems like it will soon.