Bad news for New England Patriots' opponents this season: Tom Brady says he is feeling better than ever. Sports Illustrated's Peter King caught up with Brady at a charity event this past weekend, and the 36-year-old quarterback apparently showed no lack of confidence.
"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 is still working working hard to refine his mechanics. He began working with a new personal quarterback coach, Tom House, after his longtime mentor, Tom Martinez, died 15 months ago. With House, Brady is trying to improve something called "ground-force production" which is essentially how a quarterback derives more power from his arm using his legs and hips. In an aging body, tight mechanics make up for what youth can no longer deliver.
"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."
Brady and the Patriots no doubt expect to contend for a Super Bowl yet again. If Brady can truly take his game a notch above, there is every reason to expect the Pats to be among the best teams in the league next season.