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.