Tom Brady still follows through Tom Martinezís advice during practice
It will be his first summer without his former high school coach Tom Martinez, who trained Tom Brady in passing at California before the start of his collegiate career with Michigan. When Tom Martinez died of heart attack on his birthday during dialysis on February 21 while lying in wait for a kidney transplant, Tom Brady lost more than a man who critically assessed and gave feedback based on the quarterback’s on-field performance. Tom Martinez was Tom Brady’s mentor in the truest essence. Tom Martinez taught the year-old the mechanics of throwing the ball and frequently discussed the flaws in his game, along with details into crucial improvements.
"I had a great level of comfort with Tom over the years," said Tom Brady, from his recollections of Tom Martinez. "He was always someone I could call on to rely on him.”
This summer will be a little different as Tom Brady will have to do most of the work on his own. However, he will follow along the line of previous experienced gained from Tom Martinez.
"I have a lot of stuff written down of things we've talked about and things that I've learned, and I have a great understanding of mechanically what I need to be able to do,” said Tom Brady. “It's just a matter of seeing it and being able to correct it. You don't always have the fortune to wait until Monday to figure things out. Sometimes you have to figure them out in the middle of the third quarter”
Tom Martinez was highly reputed quarterback coach, who besides Tom Brady also mentored John Elway, and folloed Bill Walsh and John Madden to his head coach job at the College of Sans Mateo before his retirement.
The wisdom imparted by Tom Martinez had taught Tom Brady that “throwing the football is about mechanics… It's just a matter of doing it the right way.”
"I'm constantly evaluating every throw,” said Tom Brady. “I watch every practice. Every rep I take in practice, I have someone film and I watch it after practice.”
Tom Brady stressed on the importance of “muscle memory” since the body will always act out in the way it is familiar when “under pressure.”
“Hopefully, you train your muscles to react the way you need them to react when the pressure is on the most,” stated Tom Brady. “That allows you to throw the ball with velocity and accuracy.”
Furthermore, Tom Martinez always encouraged Tom Brady to pay heed to his body.
“I'm right about where I always am, to tell you the truth,” said Tom Brady. “I think you really refine what you do over the course of years because you realize what works for you and what you need to do to be prepared for the football season.”