ESPN.com AFC East beat reporter Tim Graham recently talked with Tom Martinez, Tom Brady’s longtime personal coach, about the quarterbacks 2009 season. Martinez, Brady’s throwing coach since 1992, spent the Christmas holiday last season working with the Patriots star quarterback on fixing mechanical issues that had plagued Brady for over a month. In Graham’s report, Martinez claims there were not only mechanical, but physical issues that Brady had to deal with late last season stating:
“He had a broken finger and three broken ribs,” Martinez said, ostensibly confirming reports Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Brady himself denied during the season. “He wasn’t throwing well.
“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.”
Tom Brady was officially listed on the Patriots official injury report as probable with “right shoulder, finger, and rib injuries” last season from Week 13 through Week 17. While Brady (almost comically) has been showing up on the New England injury reports week in and week out for years as probable with an apparently chronic shoulder injury, the fact of the matter is that he had broken bones last season, and the severity of the injuries Brady was dealing with were downplayed by the entire organization.
According to Boston.com:
As for the finger and ribs, here’s something worth noting … The reason that news wasn’t more thoroughly clarified right after the season (that kind of stuff often comes out when there aren’t games left to worry about) is because Brady himself didn’t want it out there as an excuse. Bottom line: The last thing he wanted to do was pass the buck in a year where too much of that went on. And I think that says something for Brady, and the example he tries to set, and the way he leads.
The league most likely will not take action against the Patriots for not fully disclosing the severity of Brady’s injuries, but with the secrecy New England has employed when dealing with injuries in the past, this report only confirms what many suspected last season.
Graham doesn’t dwell on the past in his conversation with Martinez, also pointing out in the report:
Martinez is tutoring Brady this weekend in the Los Angeles area. They’ve been meeting once a month throughout the offseason. They’re often joined by Patriots receiver Wes Welker, who is rehabilitating from major knee surgery with the same specialist who helped Brady come back from his.
Tom Brady appears to be fully healthy heading into training camp this season, so Patriots fans have nothing to worry about this upcoming season. The Patriots open training camp on Thursday, July 29th.