Martinez returned to Foxboro last year to help Brady
|07.03.10 at 1:28 pm ET|
Tom Martinez knows Tom Brady’s game better than anyone — no one outside Brady’s family can boast of the same professional relationship between the two. For me, he’s been an invaluable resource when it comes to finding out what’s going on with the quarterback. (That’s why I’ve spoken to him for this story and this story, as well as other Patriots-related projects I’ve worked on.)
Brady, who first started working with Martinez when the quarterback was a teenager, is the premier passing guru in the Bay Area. The quarterback thinks enough of Martinez that he gave him the game ball he received after guiding the Patriots to a win in his first start in 2001 against the Colts. (The ball is autographed by Brady with the inscription “Coach Martinez — Thanks — The first of many — 9/30/01 — Patriots 44, Colts 13 — Tom Brady #12.”)
With that in mind, in a story for ESPN.com this week, ace scribe Tim Graham spoke with Martinez, and relayed two interesting bits of information. First, he said Brady had a broken finger and three broken ribs at the end of the season. Second, he discussed a Christmas-week throwing tutorial at the Dana Farber Fieldhouse with Brady that led to a lights-out performance (267 yards and four touchdowns on 23-of-26 passing) in a win over the Jaguars.
“He wasn’t throwing well,” Martinez said of Brady, who was in a four-week slump that produced three weeks of sub-75 passer ratings. “It’s one of those things where I can see right away what he’s doing. He trusts me, so when I tweak him, it’s right back to where he wants to be. Then, at that point, it probably is psychological.”
Head coach, offensive coordinators and quarterbacks coaches have come and gone, but Martinez remains a professional constant in Brady’s life. He said he will continue to work with Brady — in fact, he said the two have a session planned for this weekend in Los Angeles with wide receiver Wes Welker — and remains dedicated to helping Brady succeed
“He understands what it takes to get to Super Bowls,” Martinez told Graham. “A lot of guys don’t, so they’ll minimize preparation because it might be inconvenient. Where with him, he knows if he’s off, that’s the difference of whether they keep going or not.
“If he’s off a little bit, he’s going to be way off. The margin of error is so slim at that level that if you miss by a foot, you’re off. Most guys accept that. He doesn’t.”
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