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BOSTON (CBS) – Tom Brady will be 36-years-old when the 2013 season gets underway, but the New England Patriots quarterback says he’s throwing the football better than ever.
That’s a scary thought for the rest of the NFL.
“Going into my 14th year, I have never had more confidence in how I am throwing the football. I’ve never felt better throwing the football,” Brady told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King for his Monday Morning Quarterback column this week.
Brady spoke to King about work he has done this offseason with former major-league pitcher Tom House — who now tutors quarterbacks — and how the two have fine-tuned his throwing technique.
“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. Look at a baseball swing and a golf swing. It’s all mechanics. Look at how Barry Bonds swings. Look at how Floyd Mayweather punches. Mechanics. When you’ve got to fit it into the tightest windows, mechanics are crucial. 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.”
Brady said his work with House started right after the Patriots’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.
“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.”
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Brady wouldn’t go into detail what changes he has made to his mechanics, but is hoping people will notice throughout the season.
“Well done is better than well said. I’d rather not say,” he replied to King when asked to be specific about the changes. “I want people to watch and see if they notice.”
To read King’s entire interview with Tom Brady in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, click here.