Though the Patriots had the weekend off from football, quarterback Tom Brady couldn't bring himself to stay away from it.
"It's hard to stop your mind from thinking about the game," he said on the "Dennis & Callahan" show on WEEI sports radio in Boston on Monday morning. "It's impossible to do that when all these other teams are playing."
Brady said that he spent the afternoon checking in on the Buffalo Bills, the Patriots' upcoming opponent that was visiting the Houston Texans. He also watched the Miami Dolphins take on the Indianapolis Colts, a game that featured two future Patriots opponents and stellar play from rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill.
Luck set an NFL rookie record for passing yards in a single game with 433, and Brady expressed that he was impressed by the No. 1 overall pick. The 23-year old has shown steady improvement in his inaugural NFL campaign, and while Brady is 35 and the owner of innumerable accomplishments already, he talked about his own improvement as well.
Specifically, Brady shed light on his dedication to perfecting his mechanics. He shared the story of a documentary he watched during the bye week, and drew comparisons between the protagonist of it -- an 85-year old sushi chef -- and himself.
"I saw a great documentary this weekend on the airplane, it was called ... I don't even know how to pronounce his name ... it was this Japanese sushi chef that I would encourage you guys to see, it's really cool," he said. "But he's 85 years old and the only thing he ever wanted to do was make sushi. ... It was just his life-long commitment to being really great at what he loves to do. And he's 85 and still doing it, it's just amazing the commitment that it takes to do that.
"You think man, it's just simple, throwing a football or making a piece of sushi, how hard can that be?" Brady said. "When it's something that you just love to do, you think about it, you wake up in the night and think about my mechanics. I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about what I can do better: my foot stride and where my arm is and what I'm doing with the front side of the body. For some people it may be crazy to think that, but for me, that's just what I've always loved to do."
"That's where my improvement -- I always seek my improvement from, is improving my mechanics so that every throw I make is absolutely perfect," he continued. "It's exactly where I wanted to throw the ball and exactly the amount of velocity I wanted to put on the ball. Those are the types of things that I think about in my off time. That's what I was meant to do."