SAM FARMER / ON THE NFL

Tom House gets calls from quarterbacks

"They're like jet pilots. They can get the whole picture, and they can make that picture slow down in their mind to whatever speed they want."

House and his staff don't just work with quarterbacks. They work with so-called rotational athletes, whose sport requires them to generate energy by turning their torsos, whether it's throwing a pitch or a football, swinging a golf club, or smacking a tennis ball.

This week, intermingled with baseball players and golfers, were former NFL quarterback J.P. Losman, and Arena League quarterback Luke Collis. When Brady was working out at USC, he brought along Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and receiver Julian Edelman.

House said that Brady, rather than acting like a superstar, fit right into the group. In fact, he bonded most closely with a 14-year-old baseball player, the two exchanging fist-bumps at every triumph.

Said Brady, a two-time NFL most valuable player: "The commonality with it is you're there with a lot of guys that are trying to get better, more so than, 'Look, this is what I've done.' Everyone is really humble enough to realize that they don't have all the answers, and they want to seek a better way. To me, the guys who are self-confident are the ones that are always trying to find ways to improve."

House played baseball at USC, and later in the majors with Atlanta, Boston and Seattle. After retiring as a player, he was a pitching coach in the majors, working with such notable names as Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Robb Nen and Kevin Brown.

House settled in Del Mar, where he got to know Cam Cameron, then offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. Cameron introduced him to Brees in 2004, and House began working with the third-year quarterback.

A few years later, when Cameron was in his current role as Baltimore's offensive coordinator, he sent a young Flacco to work with House. Word spread, and suddenly House was getting calls from all over the league. He declined to say how much he charges players for the service.

"I was amazed at how the jungle drums worked," House said. "Quarterbacks talk among themselves. When they find something they feel works, they share it."

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