It’s a well-known fact that the Patriots defense is in utter disarray, ranking dead last in almost every defensive statistic, however, the Patriots offensive line has not fared much better. In the first four games of the season, the O-Line has given up a staggering 13 sacks and is on pace to relinquish 52 for the season, which would be the highest amount of sacks given up by a Patriots offensive line since 2001.
Tom Brady has been heavily featured in the news since the release of his new book The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance, which details his quirky dietary and training habits, that focus on increasing his pliability through vibration foam rolling and keeping his body hydrating with up to 25 glasses of water a diet.
Well, it looks like Tom has adopted another controversial training method which may help to explain why the offensive line has let Brady get hit so often in this young season.
“Everyone knows that over the past couple of seasons I’ve dedicated a vast majority of my training to increase my pliability, which is the lengthening and softening my muscles to decrease the risk of injury and keep my body fresh over the course of a long NFL season. However, both I and my trainer Alex Guerrero, have realized that softening your muscles just isn’t enough.
To achieve true peak performance you must also harden your muscles. I know it may seem counter-intuitive but think of my body as a piece of spaghetti cooked al dente. My body (the pasta) is still supremely pliable, but also retains an extra layer of firmness that can do wonders at deflecting hits from defenders. So now I’m not only absorbing hits through pliability, I am also deflecting punishment through a new term I have dubbed hard-ability.
This is the primary reason why I have instructed my offensive lineman to allow more QB hits early in the season so that I can develop a hard shell that protects my extremely soft muscles, kind of like that of a lobster or other crustaceans, which will leave my body fresh for a playoff run.”
Normally I would be skeptical, but Tom is off to another hot start this season, leading the league in yards (1,399) and touchdown passes (10) , while also retaining a clean slate in the interception category. It’s my guess that within the next few years Tom will have a sister book to go with The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance, detailing the process of finding the perfect balance of hardening and softening your m