Brady's guru: Problems ahead, but don't panic

January, 21, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Sometimes you go months without hearing a peep on a subject and then -- whammo! -- you get hit with all sorts of new info.

On the same afternoon we learned Tom Brady will give his first real interview since suffering a season-ending left knee injury, I came across former Boston Metro News reporter Christopher Price's first endeavor for WEEI.com.

Price, author of the insightful Patriots book "The Blueprint," caught up with Brady's personal passing guru, Tom Martinez, to discuss the future.

With Brady in deep cover for months, Price's story had some zing to it until we learned the iconic quarterback was ready to chat.

But since we don't know whether Brady will dodge questions while talking to Toronto radio station The Fan 590 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday as paid spokesman for a pain cream, let's welcome the educated analysis we do have.

Martinez spoke to Price about what difficulties Brady will be facing from a mechanics standpoint. Martinez is Brady's beloved high school coach, who continues to work with him on the finer points of passing.

Martinez said Peyton Manning's rehabilitation from knee surgeries would be commensurate with what Brady's about to endure.

"Do I anticipate Brady having trouble? Yes," Martinez said. "Will he correct it? Yes.

"I think if he was concerned and it showed early, I wouldn't panic. The same thing happened with Peyton. He was holding back early last year, not attacking the throw and leaving a little off it. By the end of the season, he was back to where he needed to be."

My favorite quote in the whole piece is what Martinez had to say about how Brady should mentally handle the recovery process.

"The surgery was to his knee," Martinez said. "It was not on his heart or his brain. They didn't operate on those. He's a winner, one of the better winners of all-time.

"I would say that the guy who got hurt in Game 1 last year is coming back with the same heart, determination, mind and attitude."

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