Lost in the worry about where the Patriots will turn for reliable wide receivers and whether the New England defense can hold its own is the fact that Tom Brady is not, in fact, a robot, and that the delivery and statistics that have marked his 13 consistent seasons as an NFL quarterback are not, in fact, givens.
Last year was Brady’s first season without longtime personal throwing coach Tom Martinez, who died last February. But Brady quickly acquired a new guide in former major league pitcher Tom House, and it sounds like House’s finishing touches may have at least lifted Brady’s mental game, much less his mechanics.
“Going into my 14th year, I have never had more confidence in how I am throwing the football,” Brady told Peter King of Sports Illustrated of his progression with House. “I’ve never felt better throwing the football.”
Brady said he “developed a rapport with [House] quickly,” and House has especially helped him understand how small corrections are going to help his over...