Weekly Blog: Q & A with/Tim Martin

November 10th, 2009 By Special to DraftNasty

Tim Martin, a former standout wide receiver at Marshall University, knows what it takes to build a champion. After all, he won two national championships during his career with the Thundering Herd during the early to mid nineties. Martin went on to sign with the Detroit Lions in 1997. He also knows what it takes to be successful as an NFL athlete. Martin has been the Assistant Strength & Conditioning coach at the University of Wyoming (1999) and the Head Football Strength & Conditioning coach at UT-Chattanooga for two years (2000-01).

My name is Tim Martin and I've been training NFL players for the last six years.  I would love to interact with all of the DraftNasty fans who want to get an inside look at what it takes to train their favorite stars for the  grueling haul of an NFL season.  Additionally, my knowledge of the NFL Draft comes from the outlook of three unique perspectives.  First, I was a collegian who went through the process of preparing myself for the NFL Draft.  Secondly, during my days as a collegiate strength coach, I had to assist NFL scouts on each perspective athlete's pro potential.  Finally, from the business side of the profession, I worked earnestly in preparing various collegians for the grind of the six month process.  Over the next four months, I will be answering questions from the fans and DraftNasty personnel on specific issues dealing with both current and future NFL stars.  So let's get 'Nasty'.   

Q & A with Martin:

Who's the best conditioned athlete in the NFL today?

Martin:  Randy Moss.  If you look at Moss' career, he's actually 12 years in and is still the top receiver in the game.  And he's only going to get better.  He actually broke the NFL single-season record for touchdown receptions (23) in his tenth year, further proof that he's like fine wine, he gets better with age.

What about detractors of Moss who question his effort play to play?  Is this something that you feel, as his trainer, has been alleviated over time?

Martin:  Moss' effort never was a problem.  If you study his career film, he's run more Deep Routes than any other player in NFL history.  And if somebody can give me the name of another player who's run more, I'd like to see it.  Is he a 'Hines Ward' in the blocking game?  No, but he gets the job done. 

Do you feel he's underutilized in the Patriots' offensive attack?  If so, why?

Martin:  I think he's been underutilized his entire career.  I feel that he is the only receiver in the league capable of 2,000 yards receiving and 30 TDs in a single season.  As a matter of fact, during his record breaking season just two years ago, when we (Martin & Moss) broke the film down, we felt he could have scored 30.  He certainly runs a number of vertical patterns within their scheme to open up underneath routes for various guys.  He's the best 'Decoy' in NFL history. 

Since Moss came out in the 1998 NFL Draft, has there been any receiver to enter the league with Randy Moss type of ability?

Martin:  Yes, my answer would be Calvin Johnson.  What separates the two is the mentality between the ears.  Randy is thinking on every play that nobody in the NFL can cover me one on one.  Johnson is not nearly as sure of himself.  That makes a HUGE difference. 

Is there anything that you've implemented in Moss' workout routine that you see a direct correlation to, in this, his twelth season?

Martin:  He has definitely improved his route-running over the last couple of seasons.  We actually talked a couple of years ago about him becoming one of the best route runners in the NFL.  I actually found an interesting training method outside of the sport.  I looked at some of the best athletes' footwork in all of the major professional sports.  Three athletes that caught my eye initially were Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns 2-time MVP), Chad Johnson (Cincinnati Bengals) and Wes Welker (Randy's teammate w/Patriots).  I noticed that all three warmed up with soccer balls before games.  Welker reportedly also had an extensive soccer background.  I called Randy around midseason (2007) and told him that we would be doing some soccer training in the offseason.  He told me I was crazy.  Even after breaking the NFL record that season, he showed up at the 2008 passing camps more polished than ever.  Several of his teammates, including QB Tom Brady, asked him what had he been doing.  After sharing his soccer experience, many others have followed suit.  I think it's a big reason he's improved his separation ability on intermediate routes.   

Finally, give me a brief example of a training method Moss uses that would be tough for anyone to complete?

Martin:  The exercise that I would describe is actually called 'Complexes'.  It involves a 10 minute warm-up on the treadmill followed by a variety of dumbbell routines.  You take both arms and snatch 60 lb. dumbbells from your feet all the way up over your head.  All in one motion.  Six Reps from your feet and then your next step involves snatching it from your knees all in one motion.  Then, once you complete step 2, you snatch the dumbbells from your hips in the exact motion as described in steps one and two.  Finally, you complete this portion of your workout with six upright rows.  The key to maximum performance revolves around the athlete's ability to repeat these steps a total of four times or twenty-four reps.  It is the definition of a total body workout.   

Tim Martin has trained the likes of Randy Moss, Bennie Sapp, Bryant McKinnie, Drayton Florence, Kassim Osgood and Kelly Washington during his career.  He has also worked with Green Bay Packers' standout corner Al Harris and MLB Clint Sessions of the Indianapolis Colts.   


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Posted by Josh Lewis on
I have a few questions for mr.Martin. My name is Josh Lewis I am a student and I'm inspiring to be a respectable reliable insperational trainer like yourself. What would be some smarter ways of doing so??? I am a student and would love to build experience to do what you are currently doing. Showing people that there is a wall and it can be broken, what would u advise T.M.?
Posted by Jamar Wells on
Mr. Martin,
I am a college football player at the United States Military Academy. I have only been playing football for the past two years, and need to kick it up a notch if I am ever to get on the field as a college football player. My position is wide receiver and I am 5 ft. 7 in tall, along with that, I do not possess the same level of experience as my other teammates, who have been playing football for years, which seems to leave me far behind in terms of being a technical player; but I do have drive and determination to be just as good, if not better than my teammates. What would you suggest for me to be more competitive (speed wise) with my teammates, and to be a better and faster wide receiver?
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