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Warren Moon appears to be doubting Tom Brady: There's a deterioration coming

Ryan Hannable
December 12, 2018 - 11:15 am

Warren Moon knows a thing or two about playing the quarterback position in his 40s.

The nine-time Pro Bowler had one of his best seasons in 1997 at age 41 when he threw for 3,678 yards and 25 touchdowns with the Seahawks.

Moon was among a few former NFL players and insiders who spoke with Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report for a story about Tom Brady and how he looks now that he's in his 40s. He seemed to doubt Brady, especially more so than the others.

"Most people think with a quarterback, it's your arm. Your arm is important, but if you don't have your legs working with the rest of your body—being able to have those quick-twitch movements to move in the pocket to slide and buy yourself a bit more time—those are the things you start to see that don't happen as fast," Moon said. "That's where Tom used to excel. Even though he's not a great athlete, a scrambler or anything like that, he could really slide and move around the pocket as well as any quarterback and manipulate the pocket. Those things are starting to slow down a little bit more for him as he gets a little bit older."

Added Moon: "The numbers are starting to show that there's a deterioration coming. Especially when you talk about the blitzing because that's something he used to really excel at. You do start to lose some of your reflexes and responses. I started to figure that out later on in my career, too. Even though your mind knows where you should be going, sometimes your body just doesn't react as fast. You're starting to see some of that with him."

Through 13 games Brady has a 65.6 completion percentage, has thrown for 3,700 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

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