PHILADELPHIA >> Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is on board with taking instruction from a throwing coach such as Tom House.

Wentz is seeking more consistency in his mechanics, which he says require refinement.

Among other House clients are Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, Alex Smith and Tim Tebow. It’s safe to say the first four quarterbacks benefitted the most from House.

“It’s definitely in consideration, yeah,” Wentz said Monday. “We’re working through some of those things. Again, I don’t have a lot of answers for the offseason yet because I haven’t had a ton of time to think about it yet but I could see that happening.”

House, a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher, is known as the pitching coach of football. Clients have raved about fine-tuning their timing, footwork and other traits.

Wentz demonstrated strength and touch, completing 62.4 percent of throws for 3,782 yards and 16 touchdown passes in his rookie season. He also showed what can happen throwing off the wrong foot or at the wrong angle with 14 interceptions. His lack of accuracy on deep balls was reflected in a 6.2 yards per attempt average.

“You’ve got to continually refine your mechanics,” Wentz said. “I don’t think there’s any one big glaring thing. But you’ve got to be consistent.”

Considering the skills players the Eagles went to bat with this season, Wentz enjoyed a solid season. The Birds opened the campaign with no one capable of scaring defenses consistently, aging running back Darren Sproles included.

Tight end Zach Ertz led the team with 78 receptions worth 816 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged just 10.5 yards per grab.

Jordan Matthews topped the wide receivers with 73 catches, an 11.0 average per grab and three TDs. Sproles scored four times.

Wentz set the NFL rookie record with 379 completions. He went into scrambling mode when asked if he needed a No. 1-type receiver.

“That’s always helpful, but at the end of the day we were very confident with the guys we had,” Wentz said. “I think we did a good job of spreading the ball around. That was part of the game plan going into the season. We had a number of weapons that could get the job done. So we just looked for mismatches. That was the biggest thing. From Jordan Matthews when he was in the slot to (Zach) Ertz on safeties and linebackers to Sproles, who always creates mismatches outside with Nelson (Agholor) and DGB (Dorial Green-Beckham) and some of the younger guys stepping up. I thought we did a good job of spreading the ball around, for sure.”

Though Wentz said he didn’t hit the dreaded rookie wall and that he felt he was just getting into a good routine when the season ended, he will force himself to take time off. He’ll take some hunting trips, some self-reflection on the craziness of being “The Guy” in Philly and explore the profound feeling that he wants to be playing deep into January the rest of his career.

Wentz had no problem evaluating this season.

“I thought it was OK,” Wentz said. “It definitely wasn’t where it needs to be, for sure. Ultimately we were 7-9. That’s what it all boils down to.

“I thought I learned a lot. I thought I grew as far as mentally and physically on the field. Definitely nowhere near where I want to be and where I think we can be as a team. But I thought we did some good things at time, too.”

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