Grapevine Courier

May 26, 2014

Local QBs get chance to work with coaches to NFL greats

The Lonnquist Notes The skills camp Thursday and Friday at Northwest High School will feature instruction from former Rangers pitching coach Tom House, who has also helped the likes of Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

If you go back over the years of football at any level, dynasties reached dynasty status because it featured a quarterback who was confident, accurate and found a way to make big play after big play.

Now, Dynasty Mechanics isn’t guaranteeing that every quarterback who comes to its two-day camp Thursday and Friday at Northwest High School and the NISD Stadium is going to lead his program to similar stories.

However, the event is at least providing the tools so that each quarterback will have a chance to build or rebuild his foundation. Former Tarleton State quarterback Trenton Kirklin is working with the group out of Massachusetts to showcase this event for the first time in Texas.

A call he placed to Bryon Nelson coach Brian Polk back in March helped make this happen.

The clinic looks at the position of quarterback in a different way. It’s so different that former Rangers pitching coach Tom House, who had his pitchers throw footballs when he worked in Arlington, will help run the clinic.

About 30 quarterbacks, from incoming eighth graders to incoming high school seniors, are expected to attend. Nelson’s Preston Haire and Northwest’s Jesse Drummer should be there. Carroll’s Ryan Agnew hoped to attend, Kirklin said.

“There are other ways to have quick fixes, but Tom is teaching something that is biomechanically sound for your body,” Kirklin said. “What he’s trying to do is give the quarterbacks a motion that they will use forever and know it so well, that when they are off, they will know why immediately.”

House has a history of working with Super Bowl champion quarterbacks in New England’s Tom Brady and New Orleans’ Drew Brees. Each has a written testimonial about how House’s work has helped shape their motion and produce careers that likely will finish in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Friday’s three-hour session will focus more on the mental aspects of the motion and what separates confidence from conflict. There is no work on the field.

Saturday’s session will break into 10-15 drills from foot striking to release point. The unique quality to this is that the quarterbacks will not be throwing to receivers. No receivers will attend.

“Tom knows the mind so well and is so in tuned with the mechanics of the throwing motion, he really sets the scene and will tell the quarterbacks how to grow and maintain their emotions from this,” Kirlin said. “It gets to a point where they will be throwing reps to where they start to understand the motion better.

“We will have individual analysis. What we want is for them to leave with a feeling that they’re going to know a lot about what they’re doing.”

While the Brees and Brady examples may not compute with this clientele, Kirklin said he took the same concepts and worked with highly touted high school quarterback Jarret Stidham out of Stephenville. Stidham has committed to Texas Tech but the work helped him earn an invite to the Elite 11 Finals later this summer in Oregon. That event hosts the nation’s top high school quarterbacks.

But with anything, the work the quarterbacks put in after the camp is really going to be when they discover the value of the camp. So it’s up to them to absorb it all and put it to use.

And just maybe one of these signal callers will be a part of a dynasty.

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