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Warren Moon: Brady Losing Arm Strength With Age

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Image Credits: Mark J. Rebilas | USA Today Sport

Time waits for no man or G.O.A.T.

We have all heard or read it somewhere since Tom Brady moved his base of operations to the Bay Area. He’s going to be 43 when the season starts, and his arm isn’t what it used to be. Warren Moon should have a good idea of what Brady is facing physically playing into his forties. After all, Moon played to the age of 44 up in Norse Country. Moon told Colin Cowherd, via MassLive.com about playing at that ripe old NFL age.

“I can see — especially later in 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,” Moon said. “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. A lot of it has to do with your legs because you’ve just become fatigued over the course of the whole season.”

Moon stated that he still thinks Brady can be successful in Tampa, just not the same way that he was years ago in the Patriots Heyday.

“You saw Tom’s arm that same way at the end of last year,” Moon said. “It’s not a huge deterioration to where he can’t throw certain routes, but there will be times when it gets later into the year you’re going to see some of that take its place. He has great talent around him (in Tampa Bay), which is great, and he doesn’t have to do as much on that football team, which will be good for him at this stage of his career. So I still think he’s gonna have success because of those reasons, but he’s not the same quarterback he was three or four years ago.”

Brady’s arm has never been mistaken for a rifle

Hard to argue with that assessment from a guy that’s been there, done that. Personally, I believe that the news isn’t that big of a deal. Brady never had a gun for an arm in the first place. He hasn’t been known for rifle throws deep downfield on post patterns. So my thinking is that consequently, it’s not going to have as big of an impact on him. Drew Brees, on the other hand, might have bigger problems with losing arm strength with the way he slings it around.

Wrapping up

It’s understandable that at the end of games later in the season that Brady’s overall strength and endurance might start to fade somewhat. How much of it he’s going to be experiencing remains to be seen. One thing is for sure: With his work ethic, off-season workouts, and diet, he will hold off father time as long as he can. One thing about it, time will always tell. Go Bucs!!

 

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