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Tom Brady’s QB guru: I’ve seen improvement in Geno Smith during tutelage

Geno Smith has been working for the past two months under the tutelage of Tom House on the USC campus and the renowned quarterback whisperer acknowledged that he has seen improvement in the New York Jets quarterback who is headed into a make-or-break third NFL season.

House, who has worked with such signal-caller greatness like Tom Brady and Drew Brees, among others, indicated on the onset of a training program he typically measures quarterbacks on four metrics: Biomechanical, functional strength, nutrition and a mental/emotional profile.

“I think he left incrementally better in all four metrics,” House informed

House, who utilized high-tech gadgetry such as sensors affixed to Smith’s body to compile data on the quarterback’s throwing motion as well as a camera that can record images at 1,000 frames per second, praised Smith for being “not afraid to put in the time.”

“He was challenged,” House says, “and he met the challenge perfectly.”

Smith, meanwhile, walked away from his months-long training session with House “very pleased” with the results, but insisted  working with House wasn’t a matter of fine-tuning his mechanics.

“It wasn’t a thing where I needed to change things,” he said. “It was basically just going out there to work out and get better, and that’s what we accomplished.”

And with offseason activities starting, Smith said on a conference call on Monday after voluntary workouts that he’s grateful for the chances afforded him and is focused on improving even more.

“As of right now, I’m just focusing on getting better every single day and relishing every single opportunity that I have,” Smith said, via “Today’s only Day 1, Phase 1.”

With a new coaching staff in place, Smith faces arguably a more uncertain future with the team, especially after failing to prove in his first two seasons that he’s a franchise-type quarterback. Rumors have surfaced that the Jets may be interested in drafting Marcus Mariota, although whispers ahead of the draft never should be taken too seriously.

The Jets also brought in Ryan Fitzpatrick via trade, further indicating Smith’s tenuous hold on the starting job.

Smith nevertheless deserves credit for putting in the work during the offseason, something that has to impress new head coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. Or at the very least it can’t hurt.

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