Tom Brady: I’m more confident than ever throwing the football

AP

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is reaching an age when many quarterbacks decline, but Brady believes that he’s a better passer right now than he ever has been before.

Brady told Peter King of Sports Illustrated that he’s been working on the mechanics of throwing with former Major League Baseball pitcher Tom House, and Brady believes that work has made him better at the most fundamental part of his job than he was at any other point in his career.

“Going into my 14th year, I have never had more confidence in how I am throwing the football,” Brady said. “I’ve never felt better throwing the football.”

Brady sought out House, who has worked with other quarterbacks, after Brady’s close friend and mentor Tom Martinez died last year. Brady credits Martinez and House with making him the passer he is.

“I owe so much to Tom Martinez,” Brady said. “He taught me so much about how to play the game and throw the football. He was so committed to me for so many years. I miss him every time I step on the field. I found Tom House, and really developed a rapport with him quickly. I’ve learned, and to me, the learning process is fun. The same way Tom Martinez was always there to watch and give me corrections, Tom House has told me why certain corrections need to be made.”

Brady believes he’s a better quarterback now than he was four months ago.

“When you’ve got to fit it into the tightest windows, mechanics are crucial,” Brady said. “And to me, the offseason is crucial. If you make a throw within four feet, that’s not going to be good enough. You have to make the throw within four inches of your target. That’s good enough. And that’s why the mechanics you adjust and learn in the offseason are important. You’re going to keep them during the season. Tom House, pretty soon after the season, said basically, ‘All right, Tommy. Get to work.’ That’s the one thing that helps me move forward. There’s nothing we can do about losing the championship game to the Ravens. It sucks. You move on. But, with Tom, I think I’ve learned some things this offseason that are really going to help me.”

Brady will turn 36 in August, but he’s under contract with the Patriots through 2017, and he sounds like he’s expecting to play good football for at least five more years.

94 responses to “Tom Brady: I’m more confident than ever throwing the football

  1. That’s great. I hope there’s someone healthy and/or talented for him to throw it to.

  2. Tom Brady is getting old. Turning 36 in August, hasn’t won a Super Bowl in 8+ years. You’re running out of time, my friend.

  3. Belicheat must have come up with a new way to illegally videotape opposing defenses for Cindy Brady.

    No legitimate titles.
    No titles since getting caught.
    Brady is a fraud

  4. This will be one of his worst seasons. He’s a great QB but unfortunately they all reach a pivotal point. Brady is there and I believe he will be throwing his helmet alot this season when he comes off the field after 2nd and 3rd downs. We’ll see…

  5. I would have bet Tom House would be Tom Brady’s new mentor, after Tom Martinez passed away. Peyton House had no shot, really.

  6. That’s odd when he had to make an accurate throw to Wes Welker to pretty much clinch the SB over the Giants 2 years ago he couldn’t do it.

  7. Brady and Bellicheck glory days are long gone.
    Without Welker and (a healthy) Gronk, Brady has nobody to throw to, and no running game. Amendola is NOT Welker, so good luck tryin to claim that once Amendola is hurt by week 4. If Brady couldn’t win the year he had Moss how does he even have a shot now?

  8. Here come the jealous fans from around the world to talk smack. Everybody feels the need to hate a winner. Second best QB in the league, was number one for most of his career.

  9. I’m sure Kobe Bryant felt more confident than ever exploding to the basket.

  10. Some of the comments here from “haters” are really nothing more that people being ignorant.

    Brady has been a top QB year after year, and whether you like it or not or agree with it or not, he is a hall of famer and one of the top players at his position of all time.

    Thats really undeniable.

    Please go back to making less stupid comments…..about The Sanchize or The Dog Killer or The Kid with Tattoos.

  11. Just Tom Brady doing what he does every year, getting ready for another Super Bowl run. Thats what makes him the best !

  12. Hey inyoface, Brady went to the AFC Championship game with Reche Caldwell as his leading receiver(where they blew a big lead). The Pats were 7th in the NFL in rushing, 3rd in the AFC. Not bad for a passing team. Had a little glory the last 2yrs with a SB and AFC Championship appearence. You’re 0 for 3.

    Haters are funny.

  13. He makes the game look easy so many take his accomplishments for granted at 36 I didnt notice any real drop in his velocity, he’s still getting the ball out quickly, I don’t see a reason why he will fall off over the next two seasons if he avoids big hits. All you haters just have to give credit where credit is due. Brady is the best of his era regardless of the SB drought which is mostly due to a lack of identity on defense.

  14. Anyone saying Brady is only going downhill, think about the offense he runs, dink and dunk, play action shots down field, using his head to beat other team, hard count, no huddle, fake spike (@bears fans) and Statue of Liberty variations. those are not things that require world class physical ability, his wisdom with his old age is only making him better and he is always the most hungry guy on the field and not winning the big game since 04, he is starving.

    I see Brady going back to what made him the SB winning assassin he was during his early years, finding the open receiver, Welker is great don’t get me wrong but he was beginning to become a crutch.

  15. As a Dolphins fan it galls me to say this but Brady has been THE outstanding QB of his generation. Bill Bellicheck owes his reputation to Brady- without him, he would have moved on by now. It’s easy to be a genius coach when you have someone like Brady throwing the ball.

    How I wish we’d had him for the last decade instead of Fiedler and the 12 others . . . . Come on Tannehill!!!

  16. Hey Brady your time has passed and no one cares about your off season workouts. Joe Flacco is the Dominant QB in the AFC. The press can keep writing fluff pieces about you and horse face manning but Joe actually wins superbowls and this is no longer 2005

  17. Give the man his props. They are there every year Super Bowl win or not. And winning a super bowl is a combination of skill AND luck. The ball bounce and injuries have to fall your way. This Belicheat stuff is getting old. I believe they have the best record in football since they were penalized. Without tapes.

  18. Why is it that every time an article related to the Pats there’s always these trolls that come out from under their bridge to bash them and talk nonsense. He’s a great QB like it or not deal with it.

  19. We would all do well to learn some life lessons from Brady (especially his work ethic and willingness to listen to people with insight) and to pass these lessons on to our kids as well. Brady has earned what he has achieved in life.

  20. Very rare you get a guy that looks as good as he plays. Not gay but the guy looks fresh on and off the field long or short hair. Just sayin.

  21. haha, why wouldnt you be?
    Great QB and always had very solid mechanics.
    A bit of an odd article.

  22. Tom Brady believes it, you believe it, and Las Vegas believes you.

    And that’s why Las Vegas is offering 5/1 odds for the Patriots to win 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII: the skimpiest odds on the board (year after year).

  23. The guy has been in the playoffs 10 times and has taken his team to the Super Bowl 5 times – tell me what other QB gives you a better shot at winning a title.

  24. Let’s just put it this way: Orb would have won the Preakness if Brady had bet on him again.

  25. Take it from a giants fan who has beaten all the so called bests of this generation including all of the trolls above. Brady is the best qb of all time.

  26. Yes, you hear these type of comments from Brady every year because he actually spends a lot of time working on his mechanics and game every year.

    The fact that he keeps being at the top or near the top of all QB performance stats speaks volumes that he is not complacent and willing to just let Father Time have its way with him. Peyton Manning is another QB who is constantly working on improving all year. There are no real off-seasons for the best players in the NFL and that includes QBs.

    Anyone who questions why they keep hearing these same comments every year merely have to ask if their QB (Roethlisberger anyone?) is doing the same or even more than Brady or Manning during the off0season to get better?

    BTW, it is highly probable that the Steelers will really STINK this coming season and the Bengals will dominate that division.

  27. reed20ravens says Wow!!! Hasn’t won in 8+ years, yet he loss 2 super bowls but a combine 5 points. Yeah I would say over the hill and washed up for sure…Name me one other QB that has had 5 super bowl appearances that is still playing today??? And since you can’t name me one super bowl OB that has had 3 appearances in and is playing today that you would take over Tom Brady today…..lame dude your statement is soooo lame.

  28. jamaltimore says:…you so lame….man…one superbowl win doens’t put you in the hall of fame these days…your QB will not even make the playoffs. this year much less back to back Super bowl wins…lame dude..real lame.

  29. if my aunt had balls she would be my uncle if is a big word however while I don’t like the team and have no love for brady he is a proven player and at least when he speaks of passing you have to listen a bit its been a while 8-9 yrs since he won though id say his energy should be spent making his recievers better but that’s another story

  30. The fact that so many trollers come out of the gutter to rage against Brady and the Pats is a testament to their greatness. After all, no one comes out of the woodworks to troll against Carson Palmer, Michael Vick, or Mark Sanchez. Only the true greats get trolled against.

  31. One thing I know as a Pats fan: if my team loses it isn’t because their QB has failed to prepare enough or work hard enough or that he’s a bad teammate and leader. Not a lot of teams can say that.

    Getting to the top is hard, staying there is harder. He’s no longer the best in the NFL (that’s Rodgers) but I wouldn’t trade him for anyone.

  32. How confident is he now that he has to watch out for Wake AND Dion Jordan this year?
    As a Fins fan I want to see him crushed, as a football fan, he is very intelligent and a competitor. He’s a great QB, I just want him in the dirt more often.

  33. Brady’s the best at the mental part of the game. He can still beat defenses with his brain.
    His arm may be declining but it wasnt the highlight of his game anyways.
    Still think he has a couple of great years in him

  34. I wasn’t a big fan of Michael Jordan or Larry Bird. Not a big fan of Peyton Manning. Not a big Tom Brady fan, But like those mentioned before, you have to admit that he is REALLY GOOD!

  35. I think the last couple of times he stepped on the field against flacco he got outplayed and the 3 superbowl wins were by 3 points each time so you can give those wins to the special teams

  36. According to Brady’s supporters, he is technically getting worse and worse. Superbowls are all that matters, and he won 3 superbowls early on in his career, but has since stunk because over the past 8 years he has won 0 SB’s. So according to Brady supporter logic, Brady was a better QB in his first 4 years than he has been over the past 8… cause 3 is greater than 0.

  37. Cameron Wake and Dion Jordan might as well join the Patriots backfield. Here we come Tommy Boy.

  38. As a Fan of the rest of the NFL, I can definitely say Brady was feared. I would especially cringe as he was scrambling around in the pocket. Actually to be more precise, I feared what the Refs would call in Brady’s favor. I would like to see the stat of Brady game-winning drives prolonged by illegal contact in Brady’s favor. Brady owned that stat. He was definitely feared.

    I really hope he plays forever at this point. Just cover the short pass, especially don’t give him throwing lanes over the middle – where the receiver is closer to him.

    In other words, Brady can still throw 5 yard darts, so just take away the bar. Ravens know that and beat him every time.

  39. The Ravens fans treat Brady with so much more respect than the Patriot fans with Ray Lewis. ie false witness and retirement billboard, etc. In Baltimore, we believe Long Live Brady…because we own that biatch.

  40. 5 things we will find out about the Patriots this year..

    1.Brady doesn’t do really well in away Playoff games. They may have to reinstate the tuck rule – just like the last time.

    2.Bellichek is playing chess when everybody else is playing checkers, but you can cheat at Chess just as easily.

    3.Brady’s career has been prolonged by having a fast intelligent and incredibly TOUGH slot receiver, and a big, sure-handed and TOUGH not-so-intelligent Tight End.

    4.Ravens definitely don’t fear Brady, otherwise they would have kept Pollard to make Brady nervous in the pocket.

    5.If Brady had two WRs on the outside like Wallace, Brady’s TD to Interception ratio would go WAY WAY down.

  41. swagger52 says: May 20, 2013 12:20 PM

    The Ravens fans treat Brady with so much more respect than the Patriot fans with Ray Lewis. ie false witness and retirement billboard, etc. In Baltimore, we believe Long Live Brady…because we own that biatch.

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    It’s normal to feel a sense of pride for “your” team. It’s creepy to act tough or as though “you’ve” done something that your team is actually responsible for. Get a grip, man.

  42. swagger52 says: May 20, 2013 12:20 PM

    The Ravens fans treat Brady with so much more respect than the Patriot fans with Ray Lewis. ie false witness and retirement billboard, etc. In Baltimore, we believe Long Live Brady…because we own that biatch.
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    A Brady led Patriot team, 8-3 all time vs. the Ravens.

    They “own” nothing!

  43. biggs13 says: May 20, 2013 12:08 PM

    Cameron Wake and Dion Jordan might as well join the Patriots backfield. Here we come Tommy Boy.

    Sounds familiar, isn’t that the same thing Bills fans said all last season?

  44. He’s been a first ballot HOFer for years now, inarguably one of the top 5 qb’s of all time. Yet, he’s there for every practice, always working on his game, always a role model for the entire team, and for QB’s on most other teams.

    If he sold Wranglers instead of Uggs, and went to tractor trailer pulls instead of the Kentucky Derby, most of you haters would be more comfortable calling him what he is: a legend.

  45. not a pats fan but I have to say I will never blame a loss by this team On Brady. it will always be on BB. i don’t understand why the so called genius fails to surround this guy who just happens to be one of the best and most accurate deep ball qb’s of all time with better receivers. with all the draft picks they have had over the last few years and all the money they have to spend why isn’t there at least one avg receiver on this team. you would have to go back to 2007 when Moss had that great year. Plus as good as BB has been over his career, he has made some major mistakes as GM. When he Traded Seymour, he simply took the hearth out of that defense. The pats never recovered from losing him. His 2nd half coaching during the playoff loss to the Jets a couple of years ago has to be the worst of all time in football. He was running plays like he was up by 20 points late in the 4th quarter. it took him over 8 minute to drive 48 yard on like 15 plays when he was down 10 points. That’s when I realized that the genius label is just a myth and its Brady that’s made the difference for BB. Without him, BB would have 0 rings.

  46. Brady could probably play till his mid 40’s. I think the only thing that would stop him would be his love for the game or a Leonard Marshall-esk hit.

  47. If he sold Wranglers instead of Uggs, and went to tractor trailer pulls instead of the Kentucky Derby, most of you haters would be more comfortable calling him what he is: a legend.

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    Boston is soooo defensive. I guess because of the Tuck Rule, the illegal contact against the Rams, and they guy ditching a pregnant girlfriend. Really…If he is your legend fine. His QB play isn’t legendary when he plays the Ravens. I would think Baltimore would fear a LEGEND more than Rothlesberger, which we don’t. I’m just sayin.

  48. Brady is a Legend and Flacco is Overrated… who cares about Road playoff games. If it helps, okay he is a Legend. I just hope the LEGEND plays three more years. Why do you have to take what I say the the wrong way?

  49. Peyton Manning has beaten the Ravens like a drum over the years. We had some luck and beat him last year. I respect Peyton Manning.

    I fear Rothlesberger even with a broken ankle, broken nose and torn rotator cuff.

    I fear that Andy Dalton may get even better this year.

    I fear the Refs in every game that the LEGEND Brady plays.

  50. Does anyone else realize that he likes to be surrounded by people named Tom? I cant tell if this is an egotistic move or a move of insecurity.

  51. Its not Roethlisberger in the news quoting the same dried up news about being more confident then ever about throwing the ball. “The High probability of the Steelers stinking” is just a bunch of speculation . There is no high probability too it. You could say that about any team including the patriots.

  52. Tebow tried to work with Martinez a couple years ago and the latter just shook his head and walked away.

  53. Leave it to a Ravens fan to be a fountain of misinformation. You know, the team that never gets beat, unless the refs give it to the other team or the other team gets lucky. Someone else already covered how the Ravens ‘own’ the Pats. Brady’s road playoff record: 3-2, same winning % as Flacco(6-4). Pats don’t have to play road playoff games very often because they are so consistantly good during the season. By the way, Brady just passed Montana last yr for most wins in playoff history(17-7).

    As for Brady’s career being prolonged, he’d be a Pro-Bowler with me and a couple friends as WRs.

    Brady needs his TD/INT ratio to go down? From which yr : 34/8, 36/4 or 39/12. What a joke. Enjoy the season, hope the Ravens can win 9 gms.

  54. I hate even to respond to these newly minted circa Feb 2013 Ravens trolls (Even real Ravens fans have to cringe at some of them) but I have had it with their and others’ idiocy of saying TB is only a short passer and Flacco is some longball god.

    2012 Air yards (yards actually passed in the air) which equals total passing yards minus receivers’ YAC: Tom Brady had 2,494, Joe Flacco had 2,069. As far as average, they were EXACTLY THE SAME at 3.9 air yards per attempt. My guess is TB throws more intermediate passes and Flacco throws more checkdowns. to RBs. Stop your ignorance.

  55. tedmurph says: May 20, 2013 2:16 PM

    Leave it to a Ravens fan to be a fountain of misinformation. You know, the team that never gets beat, unless the refs give it to the other team or the other team gets lucky. Someone else already covered how the Ravens ‘own’ the Pats. Brady’s road playoff record: 3-2, same winning % as Flacco(6-4). Pats don’t have to play road playoff games very often because they are so consistantly good during the season. By the way, Brady just passed Montana last yr for most wins in playoff history(17-7).

    As for Brady’s career being prolonged, he’d be a Pro-Bowler with me and a couple friends as WRs.

    Brady needs his TD/INT ratio to go down? From which yr : 34/8, 36/4 or 39/12. What a joke. Enjoy the season, hope the Ravens can win 9 gms.

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    CKL says: May 20, 2013 2:19 PM

    I hate even to respond to these newly minted circa Feb 2013 Ravens trolls (Even real Ravens fans have to cringe at some of them) but I have had it with their and others’ idiocy of saying TB is only a short passer and Flacco is some longball god.

    2012 Air yards (yards actually passed in the air) which equals total passing yards minus receivers’ YAC: Tom Brady had 2,494, Joe Flacco had 2,069. As far as average, they were EXACTLY THE SAME at 3.9 air yards per attempt. My guess is TB throws more intermediate passes and Flacco throws more checkdowns. to RBs. Stop your ignorance

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    = swagger52 just got owned!

  56. Stephen Ross is very good at using other people’s money to buy things but do you think the new Dolphin players with the big contracts are working as hard as Brady to get ready for the 2013 season? Brady already has Giselle. The new Dolphins are staying up late on South Beach looking for theirs.

    “It isn’t sex that wrecks these players, it’s staying up all night looking for it” … Casey” Stengel

  57. >“Going into my 14th year, I have never had more confidence in how I am throwing the football,” Brady said. “I’ve never felt better throwing the football.”

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    I’m sure Tom Coughlin will be more than happy to take another run at you, Tom.

  58. Maybe Coughlin should worry about making the playoffs, something he hasn’t done 3 out of the last 4 yrs(got in with a 9-7 record the one yr).

  59. So many idiotic jealous comments on here. Brady has 3 Superbowl wins and 5 appearances… Brady has 5 AFCCG wins and 7 appearances. He’s only been played 11 seasons for goodness sake. The argument that Brady hasn’t won since 2004 is valid, but all the games were close… he cold have easily lost 1 or 2 of the first 3 Super Bowls and won one of the last 2. He made it there… Better than almost any other QB ever. If you go by winning and appearing in Super Bowls, Brady is in the top 3 QBs of all time.

    He’s of course winding down his career, not winding it up, that’s obvious, but he still has a chance for a few more years. The jealous fans can sit around and hope he fails and wait for him to retire, but you’ll have to deal with it for a while yet.

  60. I remember a game when the ravens were I’m new England and t sizzle got pushed to the ground near Brady he begged the ref’s for a flag next thing you know they got 15 free yards # crybaby Brady

  61. tedmurph says:
    May 20, 2013 3:14 PM
    Maybe Coughlin should worry about making the playoffs, something he hasn’t done 3 out of the last 4 yrs(got in with a 9-7 record the one yr).

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    Now that was truly laugh-out-loud funny.

    Did the 9-7 year happen to be the year he spanked Belichick in the Super Bowl for the 2nd time? Yeah, I thought so.

  62. The has been very little wrong with the Patriots offense during this non Super Bowl winning drought. It has been the defense that has let other teams to come back after the offense built up a lead. Let’s see how this season works out with the changes in defensive personnel.
    I think the Steelers, Ravens, and Dolphins fans make the dumbest comments, but can’t figure out the order.

  63. Big deal. Brady’s best years are behind him. The guys he has receiving ain’t that great. The pats will contend again and Brady will play well but don’t act like you’ve unlocked some secret to play/throw better. Nothing has changed…can his guys get open and make the catch and can the guys up front keep the dogs off him. This guys accuracy or mechanics have never been in question so to me this would have been better stated as “I feel as good as I ever have etc..”

  64. Those Brady haters really kill me. They would give their left nut to have a unanimous first-ballot Hall of Famer as their QB. As long as the Pats have Brady they’ll always be in the conversation of Super Bowl participants.

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