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Visit from quarterback guru got Tom Brady on track for season

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The bright spot for the New England Patriots in 2011 has been the passing game, fueled by quarterback Tom Brady.  But Brady wasn’t quite up to Brady standards before the season.

As Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald explains it, a visit from quarterback guru Tom Martinez helped get Brady back on track.

They watched film together, and Martinez quickly diagnosed several problems with Brady’s mechanics.  Brady accepted the input, and he was fixed in time for the regular-season opener.

”He asked me to come out, right before the season started.  Labor Day weekend,” Martinez told Rapaport.  “He said he was off.  His throwing was off.  So I went out there Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  We went through the film.  Then all of a sudden, everything else fell into place.  Within about an hour, he was back to the old Tom Brady.  Then he had that 517-yard game. . . .  I guess what we did worked.”

Martinez has been battling serious health issues, arising primarily diabetes and its complications.  He has been helping Brady for years.

After last weekend’s four-interception performance, Brady possibly could use another tune up before facing the Raiders in Oakland.

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  1. tatum064 says: Oct 1, 2011 9:35 PM

    A “visit from Richard Seymour” will knock him off track. Raiders need to pressure , play zone and mix looks. Take away Welker, youre ok, but he still can find those tight ends….dude is having a historic season. Lions proved you go upside his head, he’s just another QB…unlike Rothelisberger.

    But Tom Brady is dangerous. Raiders task is to withstand his attack, and hopefully come out with a win.

    GO RAIDERS!!!

  2. ghostfacenoah says: Oct 1, 2011 9:48 PM

    Tom Martinez is best qb coach in the league.

  3. chazzmon says: Oct 1, 2011 9:48 PM

    Brady needed fixing??? Maybe he ought to talk to the defense and fix the run blocking too.

  4. CKL says: Oct 1, 2011 9:48 PM

    The Buff D was very good with the takeaways last Sun but a lot of those were just them making great plays rather than poor mechanics by Brady as the last line implies. Ocho has a bad route, CB makes a great undercut. Brady throws aslightly inaccurate pass to Woodhead and it’s tipped to a guy, a pass caroms off a helmet and into a waiting Florence’s arms. The one to Gronk was a bad throw or decision by TB and he gets 100% blame for that one. Anyone who has followed Buffalo the past few years can tell you their pass D isn’t horrible. Run D? Yes it has been subpar. But they have some opportunistic playmakers in their secondary.

    I am glad Mr. Martinez is healthy again for both his sake and Brady’s. One thing’s for sure, Brady’s always trying to improve. He’s in his twelfth season as an NFL player and he’s always getting mechanics tuneups by HIS request, unlike McNabb who pooh poohs such zany notions that his mechanics may need improvement. Any wonder why each has had the careers they have had?

  5. bnwillard says: Oct 1, 2011 9:49 PM

    Hmm. This “guru” coached Jamarcus Russell too, and we all know how that turned out.

  6. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 1, 2011 9:51 PM

    That four-interception game almost killed Martinez.

  7. jessethegreat says: Oct 1, 2011 9:56 PM

    Thats what makes the great ones great…. always trying to improve, and instead of turning their heads from criticism, they look for it, listen to it, and use it to get better. They don’t like “yes men”. They want the people they count on for advice to help them get better.

  8. picksix401 says: Oct 1, 2011 9:59 PM

    i’m a pats fan, but sorry, this is over the top. no one cares that drew brees paid for some of his team’s off-season workouts, just like no one cares that brady sat down with your guru and talked about mechanics

  9. skins716 says: Oct 1, 2011 10:00 PM

    can he help Rex Grossman please??

  10. iflounder says: Oct 1, 2011 10:02 PM

    except for when he played the bills

  11. tampajoey says: Oct 1, 2011 10:08 PM

    Tom Brady “not quite on track” would still be better than two-thirds of the starting QBs in the league.

  12. tampajoey says: Oct 1, 2011 10:13 PM

    3 of those INTs weren’t his fault

    - One of those interceptions was tipped in the air by the WR
    - One was tipped at the line
    - One was because Chad #85 ran the wrong route
    - I can’t remember how the 4th one happened

  13. scudbot says: Oct 1, 2011 10:19 PM

    Well, good for Brady. Except he falls apart when pressured.

  14. pappert says: Oct 1, 2011 10:47 PM

    four picks.. i dont think brady needs a tune up… the running game needs a tune up..

  15. anhdazman says: Oct 1, 2011 10:52 PM

    I watched last weeks game. Yes he had 4 INT, but 2 were deflected balls. So it wasn’t entirely his fault. Patriots are not as strong as they have been in year’s past. Patriots need a running game to some what compliment Brady. They’re now way too 1 dimensional. You’re not going to get far if you don’t have a good enough running game especially once the play-offs comes around. Even the Greatest Show on Turf had Marshall Faulk to keep defenses honest.
    NE defense is probably as bad as I’ve seen it since before the year 2000 and the beginning of their SB run. Sure, NE will beat up some of the teams in the regular season with their talent and coaching alone, but they’re no where as dominating as they were a few years ago. Is it the 4-3 defensive change? Is it not having the right personnel? Is it because they’ve began neglecting quality players on defense and too focused on offense?

  16. bearsrulepackdrool says: Oct 1, 2011 11:17 PM

    After last weekend’s four-interception performance, Brady possibly could use another tune up before facing the Raiders in Oakland.

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    I’m sure Brady appreciates the advice at 9:30 at night. The night before the game.

  17. chrisnbeckett says: Oct 1, 2011 11:51 PM

    Pats diehard fan here and I must agree the defense is trouble unless its a shoot out we better we have the last possesion.TB can call those plays in the huddle and throwing definetly is his main priority so that running game is an after thought to bad cause we the first back to run for 1000 yards in 10 years last year. Steaphen ridlely seems a nice compliment to the law firm. Once the snow falls we should see the running attack in full force..Anyways go pats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. richm2256 says: Oct 2, 2011 12:08 AM

    bnwillard says:
    Oct 1, 2011 9:49 PM
    Hmm. This “guru” coached Jamarcus Russell too, and we all know how that turned out.

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    You can’t teach those who don’t want to learn, grasshopper.

  19. greedleague says: Oct 2, 2011 12:10 AM

    And Chris… … it’s nice to see you are learning a second language … English.

  20. fkthis says: Oct 2, 2011 12:14 AM

    Nobody fears the Patriots anymore, especially after watching the Bills coming back from 21 points down to defeat them. NE just doesn’t have that strong defense any longer. They traded away one of their best Richard Seymour. How smart was that move? Maybe they are just aging. How old is Tom Brady now? Maybe his eyes are starting to fail him. How else do you explain 4 interceptions without any real pressure on him. Maybe his hair was getting in his eyes and that might be why he cut it. After his second loss in a row he may be forced to shave it all off. I am really going to enjoy watching the Patriots embarrass themselves in Oakland. I sure hope the whole country watches this game.

  21. ronlm says: Oct 2, 2011 12:33 AM

    Raiders need to focus on pressuring Brady… but more importantly, not allowing Welker and Co. to get those big YAC runs. Hit Brady lots, and tackle sure and quick. Raiders should be OK…

  22. polishkingski says: Oct 2, 2011 1:15 AM

    yeah i said i`d never comment again. so what. that being said, i watched welker on a mystic wave length. how him and brady get to that level is trippy. they knew he was running a route and still could not slow him up. i was screaming for his ankle bustede. sorry

  23. tatum064 says: Oct 2, 2011 3:09 AM

    scudbot says:
    Oct 1, 2011 10:19 PM
    Well, good for Brady. Except he falls apart when pressured.
    =============
    Exactly right. Lions, Ravens and Jets figured that out. Go upside his head for four quarters…and he gets a lot less accurate – especially when forcing to move. But he is on the verge of a historic season if his passing pace continues. Brady gets a lot of hate, but that’s because he always wins.

  24. levingibbs says: Oct 2, 2011 3:16 AM

    I like how Tom Brady accepts criticism this late in his career and is willing to try to work to make his mechanics better, when that one guy out in Minnesota feels like he’s too good to have to do that.

  25. favreforever says: Oct 2, 2011 3:29 AM

    After the sessions were done, Martinez took his payment in freeze dried rations and cheap wine, then headed back to his hut on the top of the mountain.

  26. freedomispopular says: Oct 2, 2011 3:33 AM

    Hear that McNaab?

  27. nascent22 says: Oct 2, 2011 7:13 AM

    Donovan McNabb should take notes…a guy with THREE SUPER BOWL RINGS is man enough to know when he needs a little help.

    As opposed to Mr. McNabb who was out of shape and refused to wear a wristband (Brady does, if I recall right)….either you want to play and can remember the plays if you can’t. Your refusal to be the best you can be for your team (however good that is, anymore) is going to get you released at the end of this year you crybaby.

    Elite QB my a$$. Never was. Teams can sometimes win with defense…Baltimore and Tampa proved that…Eagles couldn’t carry that chump…always choking. He’s worse than Romo (and that is saying a lot).

    And this is coming from the fan of a team that is 0-3 and NOT the Vikings and he has never been a QB in the division my team is in.

    To tip my hand, I hope Tamba Hali plants Mr. McNabb like a tree on Sunday. Betcha the Chiefs might actually win that game….much more worried about Peterson than I am McNabb…and the Vikes forgot about AP the 2nd half of last week’s game.

  28. jnbnet says: Oct 2, 2011 8:16 AM

    polishkingski says:
    Oct 2, 2011 1:15 AM
    how him and brady get to that level is trippy. they knew he was running a route and still could not slow him up. i was screaming for his ankle bustede. =================================
    What a POS

  29. reconl63 says: Oct 2, 2011 9:06 AM

    @nascent22 said:

    “a guy with THREE SUPER BOWL RINGS”

    Hardly. The last win is questionable because I missed it. I was too busy touring impoverished cities of the USA, which equates to any city outside of Los Angeles. You look like a dummy now (which isn’t hard).

    “Teams can sometimes win with defense”

    Nice try but again you show that you can’t read. Every team in the NFL that is outside of the Los Angeles has more losses than every team in it. Fact. The average temp here is 75 degrees, unless you are in my jet, where the average temp is a cool 68 degrees.

    “and the Vikes forgot about AP ”

    Again, why can you not comprehend that the Vikings are moving to Los Angeles?

  30. ampats says: Oct 2, 2011 9:13 AM

    fkthis,

    the only embarrssment that will happen today is how you feel after the ‘old visually impaired”QB lights up the raiders.

    With that I say enjoy the game and fku

  31. nannymcsack says: Oct 2, 2011 9:17 AM

    pressure screws up any qb. people talk about it like it’s tom’s secret weakness. it’s a fundamental principle in football, and it’s the only thing people can say bad about him because his game is practically flawless

  32. richm2256 says: Oct 2, 2011 9:34 AM

    fkthis says:
    Oct 2, 2011 12:14 AM
    Nobody fears the Patriots anymore, especially after watching the Bills coming back from 21 points down to defeat them. NE just doesn’t have that strong defense any longer. They traded away one of their best Richard Seymour. How smart was that move? Maybe they are just aging. How old is Tom Brady now? Maybe his eyes are starting to fail him. How else do you explain 4 interceptions without any real pressure on him. Maybe his hair was getting in his eyes and that might be why he cut it. After his second loss in a row he may be forced to shave it all off. I am really going to enjoy watching the Patriots embarrass themselves in Oakland. I sure hope the whole country watches this game.
    —————————————————————
    To say that no one fears the Patriots anymore just shows your ignorance.

    While the defense is currently the lowest ranked in the NFL, and the worst one Belichick has ever put on the field (who believes that will stay the case?), Brady & Co. are lighting it up at a ridiculous pace, and any team has to worry if New England can simply outscore them no matter what the defense gives up.

    The Pat’s are the winningest team in the NFL over the past 4 years, it isn’t even close.

    Only a moron or a fool wouldn’t fear that.

  33. richm2256 says: Oct 2, 2011 9:37 AM

    polishkingski says:
    , i watched welker on a mystic wave length. how him and brady get to that level is trippy. they knew he was running a route and still could not slow him up. i was screaming for his ankle bustede. sorry
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    Rather than hope your team schemes for Welker, you’r rather they just broke his ankle ……..

    We now have a new definition for “loser”

  34. nysaysbringit says: Oct 2, 2011 9:51 AM

    I think Brady and Co. are gonna be on a mission after last week. Im a Jets fan and I tip my hat to the Raiders for thier good game/ass whoop they put on us. Having said that,…If the Raiders dont pressure and confuse Brady…and get an early lead and hold it….lol….the Pats O will treat your Raider D like a drunk prom date! Raider fans may be seeing passes to Welker and Gronkowski in thier sleep!!

  35. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Oct 2, 2011 9:53 AM

    Pats Oline will get Brady killed.

  36. nysaysbringit says: Oct 2, 2011 10:00 AM

    @nannymcsack;
    NOT TRUE!!….There are and have been many QB’s that function just as well …if not better under that pressure.
    It IS Brady’s weakness,but its no secret! Thats by no means an unfair jab at Brady…it just the truth.

  37. richm2256 says: Oct 2, 2011 10:02 AM

    levingibbs says:
    Oct 2, 2011 3:16 AM
    I like how Tom Brady accepts criticism this late in his career and is willing to try to work to make his mechanics better, when that one guy out in Minnesota feels like he’s too good to have to do that.

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    I suspect that if Brady threw for just 39 yards in a game, he wouldn’t bother with guru’s, wristbands, or extra work ……. he’d have too much pride both for himself, and the position of QB in general, and retire.

  38. redrew says: Oct 2, 2011 10:07 AM

    I love the Pats….but come on… Brady gave this game away.
    Int #1….First down……Woodhead hadn’t completed his break and he wasn’t in position to make catch
    Int #2…First down…Ocho was covered but Brady tried to force it in
    Int #3…First down…Gronk was covered down the seem yet Brady fires a low laser instead of going over coverage
    Int #4…First down…Pass deflects of limeman’s helmet.
    Notice a pattern. Brady took risks on first down. INTs #1,#2,#3 were all unnecessary considering the down….he forced it with two ldowns left. The buffalo game was on him. No other explanation needed.

  39. turdfurgerson68 says: Oct 2, 2011 10:39 AM

    Give Stevan Ridely the ball and get outta his way!

  40. dolphins4 says: Oct 2, 2011 10:41 AM

    Can Martinez please go to Miami and help Henne?

  41. huejackson says: Oct 2, 2011 1:10 PM

    hey ampats,
    Have not seen ur band wagon butt around here all week!
    So when the Raiders destroy the Pats in about 3 hrs are you going to go switch ur team? I know PATS fans do that when Patriots go down…
    Back before Patriots had Brady everyone in NE was Cowboys fans..
    I just can’t wait to hear what WEEI sports talk radio has to say after this, Those Hacky Radio so called “sports guys” were talking this morning that the Pats are going to destroy Jamarcus Russell today..
    Seriously

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