Skip to content

Warren Moon isn’t a Dez Bryant fan

Philadelphia Eagles v Dallas Cowboys Getty Images

Warren Moon made a cottage industry for himself leading up to last year’s draft with his full-throated defense of Cam Newton against critics of the eventual first overall pick.

He’s moved on to this year’s draft crop and his pet this time around seems to be Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Moon is a big fan of a player projected to go high in the first round and he’s using another Oklahoma State wideout as a measuring stick for how good he thinks Blackmon will be as a professional.

“He’s a beast, isn’t he? He’s like Dez Bryant with all of his brain cells,” Moon told KIRO-AM 710 in Seattle, via FoxSportSouthwest.com. “He’s a guy that has all those skills that Dez Bryant has but he’s not the knucklehead that Dez Bryant has turned out to be with Dallas. And a much better route runner than Dez Bryant is, but a very tremendous talent.”

Moon probably could have complimented Blackmon without throwing mud on Bryant, but he gives a pretty good assessment of the way the football world views Bryant after two seasons. He’s shown tremendous talent, but it has been mitigated by off-field issues and a sense that he hasn’t progressed as far as he could in things like learning the playbook because he isn’t as focused on the mental parts of the game as he should be at this point in his career.

If Blackmon does turn out to be “Bryant with all of his brain cells,” someone is going to get a really good receiver this April.

Permalink 69 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Dallas Cowboys, Draft, Home, Rumor Mill
69 Responses to “Warren Moon isn’t a Dez Bryant fan”
  1. trbowman says: Jan 6, 2012 4:59 PM

    I’m surprised. I thought Moon made it his objective to apologize for dumb athletes.

  2. bigjdve says: Jan 6, 2012 5:00 PM

    Why is Moon still talking? Is he that bored with his life? He was a very good QB, however why is picking on athlete’s now?

    He complains(ed) about how the NFL was so unfair to him and that they didn’t give him enough chances. Now he is piling on some players, hypocrite much?

  3. brintfatre says: Jan 6, 2012 5:04 PM

    Warren Moon is like Randall Cunningham without any class.

  4. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 6, 2012 5:06 PM

    Does Moon ever champion any white draft picks??

  5. tiredofblatheringnflexperts says: Jan 6, 2012 5:07 PM

    And all the blathering knowitall Miami fans & media lament Ireland’s decision not to draft Dudz Bryant. The same “fans” & “journalist” who want to dump Brandon Marshall who is 10x the receiver that Dudz is!

  6. rc33 says: Jan 6, 2012 5:07 PM

    “knucklehead” is an under appreciated word.
    I’m gonna guess most (if not all) people named Dez are knuckleheads.

  7. cowboysp says: Jan 6, 2012 5:08 PM

    Wasn’t Warren Moon arrested for DUI a couple years ago??

    Hopefully Blackmon won’t be the “knucklehead” that Warren Moon is……

  8. ryanlandry1285 says: Jan 6, 2012 5:09 PM

    Justin Blackmon is a beast but for Moon to go out of his way to diss Bryant is a little classless

  9. yahmule says: Jan 6, 2012 5:10 PM

    Just sayin':

    Moon’s Wife Reveals Details of Attack

    Published: October 04, 1995

    WARREN MOON’s wife feared for her life when the quarterback attacked her this summer, according to a police affidavit. “I was afraid for my life,” FELICIA MOON told the police in Richmond, Tex., as she recounted the July 18 incident. “I saw black and could not breathe.”

    Her statement is in a probable-cause affidavit, obtained by The Houston Chronicle and revealed in yesterday’s editions. She said she implored, “Jesus, just help me,” in anticipation of the assault.

    Moon, traded by the Houston Oilers to the Minnesota Vikings after the 1993 season, could not be reached for comment. The 38-year-old quarterback faces a Class A misdemeanor assault charge in connection with the incident at the couple’s spacious home in Missouri City, southwest of Houston. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 24. (AP)

  10. trbowman says: Jan 6, 2012 5:12 PM

    “Does Moon ever champion any white draft picks??”

    Similarly – would Moon have white knighted for Cam Newton if he were white?

    I think we all know the answer to that

  11. shotofginn says: Jan 6, 2012 5:14 PM

    The same Justin Blackmon who got a DUI leaving a Cowboys game that he was incidentally there to see Dez Bryant with tickets he may not have paid for? Yup, good thing hes the genius of ex -OK State receivers.

  12. narutofan10 says: Jan 6, 2012 5:14 PM

    talk about a real piece of work…what an unprovoked rude attack on a player and dez has cleaned up his issues and was a great reciever for the cowboys this year. Warren Moon is pretty low to just attack another person out of nowhere just trying to be relevant again i guess what a shame

  13. waxthat says: Jan 6, 2012 5:14 PM

    blackqbwhiterb says:
    Jan 6, 2012 5:06 PM
    Does Moon ever champion any white draft picks??

    “““““““““““““““`
    Lol..so true. I know for a fact he champions white girls.

  14. paulsmith107 says: Jan 6, 2012 5:18 PM

    I used to really like Warren Moon when he didn’t speak

  15. 904primetime says: Jan 6, 2012 5:25 PM

    blackqbwhiterb says:
    Jan 6, 2012 5:06 PM
    Does Moon ever champion any white draft picks?

    —————————————————-
    Do they need it? I mean Andrew Luck is already better than Cam Newton without playing a down yet right ?

  16. KIR says: Jan 6, 2012 5:27 PM

    A Hall of Famer who originally couldn’t get a job as a QB in the NFL because he was black is shouted down, discredited and told that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about when he questions SOME of the criticism of Cam Newton. And now Warren says another guy is a beast with a brain and again he’s discredited and told that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about? Based on Warren’s previous track record I think he has more credibility than all of these commenter’s on here put together. Before Cam has anyone ever heard Warren Moon complain even once about racism in the NFL? I haven’t.

  17. jlat85 says: Jan 6, 2012 5:29 PM

    Let’s see — 17 TDs in his first 27 games (6 of which he played without Romo), almost 1,000 yards this year in a pretty diverse offense. Yeah, Dez is terrible…

  18. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 6, 2012 5:31 PM

    Moon is actually exactly right here in both his assessments of Blackmon and Bryant. It’s about time someone called out the most overrated WR in the NFL. Dez is somehow considered elite even though he puts up numbers similar to guys like Jabar Gaffney.

  19. dlmcc1010 says: Jan 6, 2012 5:39 PM

    Dez Bryant kept his mouth shut and got into no sort of trouble off the field during the year. The drama was last year and it wasnt severe stuff. Im not sure what Warren Moon’s problem is, but if you take a look at film and scouting reports, Blackmon isnt anywhere near as talented as Dez Bryant.

    He projects as a potential #2 WR, not an A.J Green type stud prospect. Knowing Warren Moon, he may just like him because of his last name

  20. nedhigginssports says: Jan 6, 2012 5:41 PM

    If the browns trade up to 2 for RGIII and the Rams pick this kid+extra picks at #4 they’ll be in business

  21. profootballwalk says: Jan 6, 2012 5:41 PM

    blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 6, 2012 5:06 PM

    Does Moon ever champion any white draft picks??
    **************************************

    How many great white receivers are there coming out this year? When was the last time the best receiver in the NFL draft was white? Were you even alive at the time? How often do they talk about 4th round receivers before the playoffs start?

  22. earthtopft says: Jan 6, 2012 5:54 PM

    LOL, Warren Moon makes a cottage industry of being WRONG.

    Blackmon is no saint, and greatly overrated otherwise. Newton has turned out to be every bit the idiot he was projected to be.

    Spend your WR pick on Alshon Jeffery. Great player and great person, all in one.

  23. sweetsweetdrew says: Jan 6, 2012 5:55 PM

    blackmon is next in line after bryant to be the league’s replacement for TOchoCincoMoss. inflated egos with a few good catches.

  24. ijr213 says: Jan 6, 2012 5:56 PM

    It must be a race thing.

  25. irishnativeson says: Jan 6, 2012 6:02 PM

    I always kinda liked Warren Moon but on the issue of use of functioning brain cells he has little room to talk.

  26. KIR says: Jan 6, 2012 6:08 PM

    A Hall of Famer who originally couldn’t get a job as a QB in the NFL because he was black is shouted down, discredited and told that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about when he questions SOME of the criticism of Cam Newton. And now Warren says another guy is a beast with a brain and again he’s discredited and told that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about? Based on Warren’s previous track record I think he has more credibility most. Before Cam has anyone ever heard Warren Moon complain even once about racism in the NFL? I haven’t.

  27. tinbender2000 says: Jan 6, 2012 6:08 PM

    I guess that opinion of Dez is the one thing me and Warren have in common.

  28. KIR says: Jan 6, 2012 6:10 PM

    What’s wrong with my comment? Can we get a comment guidelines. What’s posted an not posted is extremely subjective and at times unfair.

  29. beastson says: Jan 6, 2012 6:14 PM

    Last year he was laughed that when he championed Cam Newton as the #1 pick even though all the experts who get paid for their opinion were attacking the kid.

    This year he makes another positive comment about someone and he’s still getting laughed at? And why are people bringing in race into it ?

  30. thefiesty1 says: Jan 6, 2012 6:15 PM

    Has been ex football players need to keep their opinion to themselves. Dez Bryant is a tool and just another piece of the problem with the CowBabies.

  31. kinguga says: Jan 6, 2012 6:29 PM

    It kinda bugs me that Warren Moon would make such a racist comment about Dez Bryant.

    Wait a second…

  32. texansfan2011 says: Jan 6, 2012 6:34 PM

    Why is it that some poster’s in here always have to spin some thing’s into racial bashing. It may be somewhat true that Warren regards black player’s over any other race, but yet TeBLOW can tout religion (sp) all the time and he’s accorded the next coming of the Lord. I am a white male and have been a devote Catholic for my 52 years of walking this earth, but I get sick and tired of hearing about three things that should be left out of the public’s view and they are religion, racisam (sp), and politics. Everyone has an opinion, but just because we have freedom of speech in this country some opinions/expressions should be left at home.

  33. i, flounder says: Jan 6, 2012 6:43 PM

    seems legit. moon has the same number of playoffs games played as bryant does over the past couple of seasons.

  34. andyreidisfat says: Jan 6, 2012 6:54 PM

    You can knock moon for making the comment but you can’t knock the content. He’s right. With the physical talent dez Bryant, he should be a top 3 wr and he’s not even close.

    As far as Blackmon goes I would have to agree as far work ethic goes, he does seem to much more of student the game type. And all reports are that he is very supportive of teammates.

    IMO Blackmon is the best wr prospect since megaton and may even be more refined than megaton. Was coming out.

    Blackmon going against big time talent has been basicly unstopable. He reminds me of a young t.o. Atleast on the field, for his sake I hope only on the field.

    I have to agree with others about moon, who appointed him defender of black football players ? I think when you only tAlk about one specific group of people based on race doing anything you lose all credibility .

    We get it mr moon, in 1983 or whatever their were people in the nfl who didn’t think a black could play qb. But since that was 30 years ago and most of those folks are dead or long out of footbAll, perhaps it’s time to let it go. Just satin

  35. seanx40 says: Jan 6, 2012 7:08 PM

    As said above, isn’t the Warren Moon that beat up,choked, and threw his wife down the stairs? How dare he question ANYONE’s morality? Sure, Dez is a dirtbag. But not paying bills, not working hard in practice, and generally being an all around jerk is not the same as beating your wife.

  36. dlmcc1010 says: Jan 6, 2012 7:11 PM

    “IMO Blackmon is the best wr prospect since megaton and may even be more refined than megaton. Was coming out. ”

    thats absurd. A.J Green was twice the prospect Blackmon is. That reflected by his play on the field this year too. Blackmon possesses average speed. Not elite speed the way Megatron does. You cant put them in the same class.

  37. sisqsage says: Jan 6, 2012 8:08 PM

    You have to give it to Moon though on that Cam Newton deal. Spot on when so many doubters were out there.

    Cam’s the most impressive rookie QB in years, and will just get better. He’s got everything. Carolina would be a playoff team right now if they had a defense.

    I love Moon’s Blackmon pick too. Like I said in a post after the bowl game vs. Stanford, Blackmon looks like another Boldin at WR. A beast indeed.

    Moon shoud be a talent evaluator for some team. Too many teams keep screwing up their draft picks year after year (Dez?).

  38. driley715 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:13 PM

    Hey, he ain’t lyin’. Although Blackmon does have a DUI on his record

  39. unbiased8383 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:37 PM

    Warren Moon reminds me of….well, Frank Reich. Zip it Warren. Run and shoot yourself in the foot w/ your dumb commentary.

  40. Pacific NW Mark says: Jan 6, 2012 8:43 PM

    3,988 completions, 49,325 yards, 291 touchdowns, and the NFL Hall of Fame. Plus 1,369 completions, 21,228 yards, 144 touchdowns and 5 consecutive Grey Cups in the CFL, and the CFL Hall of Fame as well.

    Warren Moon can say whatever the hell he wants. He’s earned it, he has the stats to back it up, more than most quarterbacks, and way more than the sorry crackers on this board.

  41. chilomane says: Jan 6, 2012 8:49 PM

    Dez isn’t a fan of Warren’s mustache!

  42. lionsfanatic84 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:01 PM

    By his own standards, criticizing a black athlete makes him racist

  43. lionsfanatic84 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:07 PM

    People seem to forget Moon brought race into the equation last year, that’s what race has to do with this.

  44. rcali says: Jan 6, 2012 9:10 PM

    Moon is actually very well spoken.

  45. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 6, 2012 9:23 PM

    Dez Bryant and Miles Austin disappear in games.

    In the first quarter, Bryant makes beautiful catches and then you won’t see or hear from him for the rest of the game.

    In the 4th quarter, Miles Austin makes A great catch and you realize he has been in the game the whole time, but he only has one catch.

    If the Cowboys could get these two guys to show up 4 quarters, they would be a very dangerous offense.

  46. bleed4philly says: Jan 6, 2012 9:29 PM

    Warren Moon is trying to become the Charles Barley of the NFL. There’s only one Chuck!

  47. sclazo says: Jan 6, 2012 9:30 PM

    Sooooo glad the Phins didn’t draft that knucklehead.

  48. iminra6 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:54 PM

    Warren Moon went thru hades and back to prove he could quarterback in the NFL. He not only proved that but exceeded expectations, and put up “serious numbers”. He endured scrutiny and riducule and still superceeded all the naysayers and backlash as a black quarterback in NFL.

    His experience warrants a little opinion here and there.

  49. bigdad10359 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:59 PM

    I’ll admit he’s an expert on wife-beating

  50. richieab says: Jan 6, 2012 10:26 PM

    Moon still thinks T Jack is the answer in Seattle. I live in Seattle nobody shares his opinion.

  51. melikefootball says: Jan 6, 2012 10:29 PM

    Warren WHO?

  52. dclogicatlast says: Jan 6, 2012 10:39 PM

    dlwhateveryournameis,

    Blackmon is a beast. Is college stats are insane against top competition. TO didn’t have the fastest 40 time and he did alright in the league. Blackmon is a man amongst boys. Stop hating. Projected #2 WR??? Get real, projected top 10 pick and stud #1 WR

  53. jasleach says: Jan 6, 2012 11:06 PM

    Blackmon is very good and will be better than Bryant.
    Moon was very good and will be worthless from here on out.

  54. arm57romg says: Jan 6, 2012 11:11 PM

    How come the lockout excuse is only ok when it’s not a Cowboy?

    Pretty sure he didn’t have an offseason program last year….

  55. kingpel says: Jan 6, 2012 11:29 PM

    I’d like to see Blackmon with Steve Jackson and “Shaky Jake” Bradford.

  56. bluestar12 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:30 AM

    This is just motivation for my boy Dez.

  57. shempnet says: Jan 7, 2012 12:33 AM

    Crackers? What kind? Saltines??

  58. billsfan1 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:54 AM

    at first i wanted Blackmon to fall to Buffalo, then i realized, we can draft a guy in the 7th round to be under and over thrown…what we really need is a rb.

  59. starfan79 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:57 AM

    Warren Moon doesn’t even know white people still play football. Everytime he opens his mouth it’s about a black player. Who is letting his voice get down on paper anyway??? Can we cut the snakes head off and be done with this douche?

  60. roamingabriel says: Jan 7, 2012 2:33 AM

    Who cares what Moon thinks?

    Who cares about Bryant, he’s a loser on a loser team.

    Blackmon’s future is up to him. The skies the limit or he can choose to be a knucklehead…

  61. supremeomega says: Jan 7, 2012 2:58 AM

    I’m black race has nothing to play in my next statement…IMO Warren Moon is a wife beating DUI scumbag…who is he to open his mouth?!

  62. stopthehate15bowdown says: Jan 7, 2012 3:13 AM

    Hey TEXANSFAN2011:
    Why is it that some posters are always injecting Tebow-Hate into every topic and forcing their fascist opinions about religious expression on the rest of us football fans. The first amendment was created specifically to protect the rest of us from ignorant, intolerant fools like you who would like to restrict when and where WE THE PEOPLE can express our deepest beliefs about two of the most important topics in life: religion and politics. When Tebow busts down your door and starts lecturing you in your living room then you can come here and talk, but until then you got 2 options: 1. STOP WATCHING HIM PLAY 2. Exam why a “52 year-old white devout catholic” is so afraid of talk about Jesus.

  63. EJ says: Jan 7, 2012 7:44 AM

    trbowman says:
    Jan 6, 2012 5:12 PM
    “Does Moon ever champion any white draft picks??”

    Similarly – would Moon have white knighted for Cam Newton if he were white?

    I think we all know the answer to that

    The only thing white that Moon would ever champion is The Castle, the WHITE CASTLE.

  64. twindaddy says: Jan 7, 2012 7:49 AM

    I wonder what Warren Moon will think of someone criticizing another black athlete. Wait…

  65. traevin says: Jan 7, 2012 7:51 AM

    “Exam why a “52 year-old white devout catholic” is so afraid of talk about Jesus.”

    _____________________________________________

    Jesus? Isn’t he the kicker for Tampa Bay? Of maybe he retired after getting a nasty case of the yips. Honestly, I can’t keep up with all these Mexican placekickers anymore.

  66. hollywood26 says: Jan 7, 2012 10:15 AM

    Warren is correct in his analysis but is the wrong one to make the morality argument. And the reason he only talks about black players is because that’s the only time he is asked a question

  67. bigdogsolec says: Jan 7, 2012 12:29 PM

    minnesota picks blackmon with the #3 pick

  68. qdog112 says: Jan 7, 2012 9:33 PM

    Oh, I’m so confused. Last year when Moon gave his honest assessment of why Cam Newton was treated the way he was. He was accused of racism. (in that he would only stand behind Cam because he’s black). Now he publicly criticizes a black player and….bam !!! Is he still racist? The fact is, you racists can’t stand a black man who has an opinion. It’s as if blacks have to earn that right.

  69. bigwhite1979 says: Jan 8, 2012 7:48 AM

    Didn’t Warren moon beat his wife? Where are his brain cells?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!