Warren Moon Says He Sees The Loss Of Pop In Tom Brady’s Arm

June 9th, 2020

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon pulled no punches during a chat on national television this week.

If there’s one guy who knows about being a starting quarterback at 42 years old, it’s Moon, who was a Pro Bowl QB for the Seahawks at 41 years old and started the following year. He retired at 44.

Moon told The Herd that he’s a huge fan of Tom Brady, but the reality of age is apparent to him in Brady’s game.

“I still think it’s remarkable what Tom is doing, and he’s still playing really good football,” Moon said. “But I can see, especially as it gets later into the season, and you can see this with Drew Brees and some of the other quarterbacks, as well.

“Their arms don’t have the same pop at the end of the season that they had early in the year. And that has to do with their age. And that’s something I started to see in my career when I got older – that I didn’t have that same pop in my arm. And a lot of it has to do with your legs, because you just become fatigued over the course of a whole season. You saw Tom’s arm that same way at the end of last year. So, yeah, it’s not a huge deterioration where you can’t throw certain routes. But there will be time when it gets late into the year that you’re going to see some of that.”

Moon likes that Brady has lots of talent around him in Tampa and won’t be asked to carry the load as much as he did with the Patriots. He was firm, however, that the Bucs aren’t getting the Brady many fans think of, “He is not the same quarterback he was three or four years ago,” Moon said.

The late-season weakness in the legs point by Moon is a good one. Of course, Brady is a unique athlete with a commitment to fitness unique to his position.

Father Time vs. Tom Brady in 2020. Hopefully Brady beats his ass for another season.

29 Responses to “Warren Moon Says He Sees The Loss Of Pop In Tom Brady’s Arm”

  1. Marine Buc Says:

    Lol. Duh… Thank you Captain Obvious!!!!

    You know who had lots of “pop” in their throws?

    Jamies Freaking Winston. His throws are filled with “pop”…

    Too bad his throws “popped” into the wrong hands.


  2. SteveK Says:

    You just know Tom Brady is putting all the bulletin board stuff up and it’s motivating the hell out of him. And he knows the best way to hush the critics is to win games. Old man noodle arm be damned! Chad Pennington and the Wild Cat went to the playoffs once upon a time.

    We have a general on the field. It’s on like donkey Kong.

  3. Marlow1976 Says:

    No sh%t… law of entropy. All things deteriorate over time. This is such a stupid topic. Watch baseball much? Pitchers loose MPH On their FB as they age. Tell us something newsworthy.

  4. rrsrq Says:

    I wonder if Bret Favre said the same thing would the hate on it be as strong

  5. DoooshLaRue Says:

    This is the most exciting and boring off season for Bucs ever.

  6. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    If I’m not mistaking, Brady was top five QB in accuracy for the long ball. He ain’t what he used to be but he is smart enough to throw the ball away and avoid interceptions.

  7. Pryda...sec147 Says:

    Shut it hater

  8. mark2001 Says:

    As long as it isn’t “pop goes the weasel” pick six. We have seen plenty of that.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Next thing we know it will be “home invading, park violating, popless….Tom Brady

  10. K2 Says:

    Silver alert

  11. CPN Says:

    As long as Brady does not throw 30 INTs, I am ok with his regressed state.

  12. Waterboys Says:

    Brady’s Oline was subpar last year with the Patriots and he was hit/sacked a lot more than in previous years. Even young Qbs who are hit a lot during the season will feel the effects come playoff time. So its up to the Bucs Oline to keep pressure off Brady and I believe the maturation of Cappa, addition of Wirfs and Gronk should keep Brady upright.

  13. SlyPirate541 Says:

    Interesting the loss in velocity comes from the legs and not the arm. Now I really appreciate the off season pics of TB working on his speed.

    BTW, Moon is a good dude. I’ve run into him a few times in Seattle. He’s always nice to fans.

  14. SOEbuc Says:

    I love this sh!t about Brees is Brady’s daddy all the time. Brees is 41, had major injury on his throwing thumb last year, and has had major injuries to his throwing arm in the past. Brady is 43 and never been below the questionable practice list. It’s just cus it’s been Brees whipping the unnoticeable, dumpster fire Bucs for so long. That’s about to change.

    GO BUCS!!!



  16. Clean House Says:

    Should have kept the just turning 26 year old NFL leading passer. Arm was plenty strong.

    Enjoy the AARP crash and burn

  17. TSmitty3000 Says:

    Fair observation by Moon. I’ve always believed Warren Monn is one of the most talented QBs ever.

    I saw a stat showing how both Brady and Brees declined over the last portion of the past couple seasons. There’s nothing wrong with that because of their ages. While I’m up, I must say I’m tred of this love Brees gets. Dude checks down more than Alex Smith. Dude doesn’t throw over the top either. I don’t understand why the media acts like this is the Brees from 2010. I’d take Brady over Brees

    I believe Brady is washed (Brees is washed too), but I hope I’m wrong. When it goes, it goes in an instant. Manning and Favre fell off mid season.

  18. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I saw nothing unexpected or necessarily negative in this article. It’s what we expect, an aging Tom Brady that is light years better than what we just got rid of. I pray he stays healthy for at least 2 years and I pray the Bucs make a move sooner rather than later for his eventual replacement. I wish they would have addressed that this season, but I’m just a fan. I don’t have all the intel or the big picture.

  19. Clean House Says:

    Way to bet the future on a declining commodity BS and Lichtweight
    The clown show

  20. Mike Says:

    So tamaxapad ,n pup, or who?

  21. The Coroner Says:

    There has to be something to rejuvenate him, right?
    IV vitamins, chelation therapy, stem cells, platelet rich plasma injections, hyperbaric chamber – something! 😉

  22. Youngbucs Says:

    Yea arm was plenty strong to bad the mind wasn’t as strong as the arm!!!!!!!!!

  23. Youngbucs Says:

    I guess you have to have a strong arm. Especially when you also throw it to the other team for 30 ints 465yds and 6tds!!!!!!!!

  24. Youngbucs Says:

    Don’t forget he got lucky two other pick 6s were negated by penalties.

  25. BuucccNASTY Says:

    Yea maybe he’s not the same quarterback he was 4 years ago, but he still took home two Lombardi Trophies in the last 4 years with a close loss to Philly for a 3rd lol I’ll take whatever Brady is now, which is a winner.

  26. Bucemup Says:

    Pop? Bro just don’t turn the ball over and throw to the open man. You can toss it underhand for all I care. “Pop” is over rated.

  27. Mike Johnson Says:

    I feel sorry for us. We should have used that 1st rder to trade up and get a QB to set in the wings for a year. We are gonna need him when Brady goes down…..

  28. James Verburg Says:

    A broke arm non runnin tom brady is better than 3\4 the qbs in the league. He dont need pop. Hes smart he makes time in the pocket he k ows where the ball needs to go. And trust me if brady needs pop he will dig down n pop it..gl bucs

  29. Oneilbucs Says:

    The only problem with this team in the past was drafting and building the team the wrong way . I know yall think it’s all Jamies fault but to be honest . It’s been the GM the hold time that’s why some of us have not blamed Jamies for everything . When someone brings up Manning first 5 years even though he threw a 100 interceptions and had more fumbles then Jamies and they still won depict of his picks is because of their runningback . They didn’t care about if he can catch or not but that’s been the only thing that our fan base and coaches care about more than can he get 4 or 5 yards a carrie . Bill Poland was a great GM he gave Manning a chance to get better even though he average 20 interceptions a season his first 5 years and they stuck by him . But the national media didn’t bash Payton like they did Jamies . They hired a coach who put in short passes like the quick slant . Every time a coner was backed off of the wr they threw the quick slant . We’ve never given Jamies a play book like that plus with a runningback that can close games out . We drafted all the wrong positions with Jamies and we neglected the defensive line and the offensive line . Then our GM missed on a hold draft class and yall think that’s not apart of the problem with this team and we lose every year ? But the hate for Jamies blind yall and yall just couldn’t see the bigger picture . Now yall mock him and praying and hoping he fails but the man went to a team waaaaay better than ours . Who believes in running the ball . So if this Brady thing don’t work I am going to laugh at all yall . And if it do work we still will be in trouble for the next 4 or 5 years of losing again .