If you watched Tom Brady's body language during the 2019 season, it didn't seem like he was very much enjoying his final season in New England. Apparently, a change of scenery has fixed things, because it seems the 42-year-old is now enjoying football again, especially now that he's been reunited with Rob Gronkowski.
Brady doesn't share his private thoughts often, but he did share them with his throwing coach, Tom House, back in April. After Gronk was traded to the Buccaneers, Brady sent House an interesting text.
"I think the most fun texts we've had is when Gronk signed," House told GQ in a recent interview. "Tom texted me and said, 'Football's fun again,'"
We're going to go ahead and let you interpret that however you see fit. Does it mean that Brady didn't have fun in 2019 without Gronk? Does it mean that football was never fun for him in New England? Does it mean he wasn't having fun in Tampa until the Bucs added Gronk?
Whatever the answer is, we know that Brady is now having fun again on the football field. Not only has he been working out with his new teammates, but he's been staying in constant communication with House, who he talks to often despite the pandemic.
"We probably communicate at least once a week around what he's doing," House said. "Tom has his guy, Alex Guerrero. Everything physical is with Alex, everything nutritional is with Alex, so Tom doesn't need that from me. All he needs is an evaluation of his throwing motion."
House has been helping Brady with his mechanics for nearly a decade, and although they can't work out together in person this year, they've managed to make things work. Basically, Brady sends a video every week and then House breaks it down.
"When he sends a video, I pretend like I've never seen him before," House said. "He'll either text me or leave me a voicemail and say, 'Look, I just filmed about 20 throws. Have a look, give me a shout if you see anything or let's talk this afternoon or tomorrow.' And we'll do it."
If you're wondering what the two talk about, it's almost all business.
"We'll look at initially his timing and his kinetic sequencing, and then the throwing variables that most coaches would teach: balance and posture, stride and momentum, opposite and equal," House said. "And then the throwing variables that are quantified and specific to him. He'll have his capture in front of him and I'll say, 'OK, on your third throw to the left, have a look at that, your front side flew open a bit.' That'll just be my eyes talking, and I'll give him some of the cues that we use in our vocabulary for his teach. It's just like being there, except we're both looking at video at the same time."
Not only has Brady has been honing his mechanics all offseason, but he's organized several workouts so that he could throw passes to his new teammates. If you need proof that Brady is having fun again, that might be it. During his final two offseasons in New England, the former Patriots quarterback skipped every voluntary workout. During his first offseason in Tampa, he's going out of his way to organize special practices, even though the NFLPA has advised him -- and all NFL players -- against it.