Alex Smith Mechanics: A Before/After Picture Courtesy Of CSN Bay Area

One of the more frequently discussed stories the last few weeks has been the report that 49ers QB Alex Smith worked with pitching coach Tom House to improve on his mechanics. We have not had many pictures from workouts, so it is a bit difficult to sort through the changes. I shot House an email with some questions, but never heard back, so we've sort of been flying blind.

Thankfully we've got something we can work with for now. Matt Maiocco put together an article about the mechanics issues, with an interesting before and after shot. Here is the picture (thanks to CSN's digital folks for allowing us to post it):

764422_medium
via www.csnbayarea.com

One of the common questions about Alex Smith's mechanics has been the locked front leg. As Maiocco pointed out, Ron Jaworski has pointed to the locked leg as being a significant issue in Smith's accuracy. The "after" shot shows Smith throwing the ball with a distinctive bend in his leg.

Smith does not always have the locked leg, but it has been enough of an issue that hopefully this will lead to more bending on a fairly consistent basis. Smith will need to carry this over to the playing field and not slip into bad habits. Smith is getting plenty of coaching from across the 49ers coaching staff, but Coach Harbaugh will need to continue working to enforce these good habits.

Will it be enough to improve his accuracy? We'll just have to wait and see. However, I might take more time keeping an eye on the locked vs. bent leg once the season begins.

On a related note, Tom House will be on Chronicle Live on CSN Bay Area Thursday evening at 5pm PT and again at 11pm PT.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker