William Moore may start at safety for Coleman

William Moore may get to a start against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

William Moore may get to a start against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

FLOWERY BRANCH – Safety William Moore may start Sunday if Erik Coleman’s left knee doesn’t respond to treatment before the Falcons‘ home opener against Arizona at the Georgia Dome.

Coleman, who injured his knee last Sunday against Pittsburgh, didn’t practice with the team again Thursday.

“It’s an opportunity for both William and [reserve] Shann Schillinger if Erik is not ready to go,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We hope that Erik is feeling better and has an opportunity to participate.”

If Coleman is able to play, whether he starts will likely be a game-time decision.

Moore, the team’s second-round draft pick in 2008, missed most of last season because of hamstring and knee injuries. He missed some training time in the offseason with a pectoral and groin injury.

“It’s an opportunity and I’m looking forward to it,” Moore said. “I hope Erik comes back, because I know that would be good for the team. But if not, I’m willing try to step in and pick up where he left off.”

Moore played on special teams last Sunday. It would be his first NFL start, if Coleman is unable to play against the Cardinals.

“It would be a great opportunity for anybody,” Moore said. “I’m looking forward to it. If it happens, it happens.”

Moore is also hoping that his injuries are behind him.

“All offseason I stayed here and got my body right so that I could come out here and contribute to the team,” Moore said. “I’m trying to just show coaches that I can go out there and dominate.”

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Section 108

September 16th, 2010
9:41 pm

First!!! Let’s Go Falcons!!! Beat Arizona!!!

To whom it may concern.....

September 16th, 2010
9:42 pm


September 16th, 2010
9:58 pm

Great news! I am looking forward to William Moore’s talent being utilized . Finally we have the chance to see if he can play at the level similiar to his junior year at Missouri. Erik may not get his starting job back..


September 16th, 2010
10:01 pm

God I hope so. Coleman looked pathetic trying to run down Mendenhall after his injury

D Money

September 16th, 2010
10:03 pm

Moore should have been in that spot anyway. Hopefully he does a good job and blow up some WR’s coming across the middle. It’s not the defense that I’m worried about though.


September 16th, 2010
10:06 pm

William Moore over Erik Coleman anyday.


September 16th, 2010
10:07 pm

I hope W Moore is ready to compete & doesnt get burned like EC does on every deep ball… Time to “rise up”


September 16th, 2010
10:09 pm

Tough choice: Eric has been stable at safety yet Moore needs/wants to play but is a rookie. This is the year for us right?
At least get 10 wins!


September 16th, 2010
10:25 pm

Moore is the hardest hitting Falcon by far. I can’t wait until he’s a full time starter. He hits like Ronnie Lott.


September 16th, 2010
10:40 pm

Rookie Indoctrination

William Moore may be a hard hitter, but he better fully absorb his deep coverage technique before Devery Henderson, Lance Moore, Jeremy Shockey, Reggie Bush, Marques Colston and Robert Meachem flood the passing lanes next weekend in New Orleans.

This Gets Old!

September 16th, 2010
10:41 pm

Well it does say something that Moore can’t beat out Coleman. I know the whole injury thing but still…
I’m still more concerned about MS saying that “you have to take what the defense gives you” Know something? That’s how the Falcons have been playing – taking what is given. THAT’S why you kick the FG on 4th and 1.

Not an expert but it does seem that teams with real SB aspirations seem to have an attitude of “We’re going to dictate the style of play, both offensively and defensively. Been a big supporter of him, especially after the way they played last season after playoff elimination. They could have quit but didn’t. Seems hard to imagine Pats, Saints or Ravens coaches saying that. One loss isn’t the end of the world especially out of conference. Attitude however goes a long way in life.

This Gets Old!

September 16th, 2010
10:43 pm

Earl, go back to a Saints blog. How big of a loser are you if your team is defending champs and you’re over on a Falcon blog? Okay if we agree with everything you say will you go away?


September 16th, 2010
10:51 pm

MisterEarl…It’s going to be hard for Drew to get those guys the ball with Abe and Beerman in his face!


September 16th, 2010
11:08 pm

It was me. I’ve been gassy.

First Falcons Season Ticker Holder Ever

September 16th, 2010
11:35 pm

If we don’t win at home on Sunday, I’m devoting my sports dollars to the Atlanta Dream.

Oh wait…

First Falcons Season Ticker Holder Ever

September 16th, 2010
11:36 pm

Ronnie Lott hit like a girl.


September 17th, 2010
12:57 am

Willy Mo all day baby!


September 17th, 2010
6:24 am

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, beat the Cardinals and then we can worry about Moore playing against the Saints. The bottom line is everything goes through Matty Ice. If he doesn’t play at a high level- having a good defense won’t be as Important.


September 17th, 2010
7:21 am

Erik Coleman is good at open field tackles, he is good at coming up to support the run, look at all his tackles last year. His coverage skills may be lacking, but it isn’t all bad.

Coleman also adds experience to what is a young secondary.

wish Brian Williams was back to 100%

Hard hits from Moore are fine, just make sure you wrap them up as well.


September 17th, 2010
8:05 am

How the hell does Ryan get annointed Matty Ice when he has never even won a playoff game?


September 17th, 2010
8:30 am

I like Coleman b/c he’s more solid than people give him credit for BUT i do want to see what this guy can do. It’ll be interesting. He should fair okay against the likes of Derek Anderson. My whole thing is that if Matt Melting Ice Ryan cant outduel him, we’re in trouble.

Howie Long

September 17th, 2010
8:40 am

Doesn’t matter who plays for the mighty Falcons. They will win. Ryan has a BIG day.


September 17th, 2010
9:09 am

#25 is a playmaker. You will not see his worth until he is on the field when games count.

Check the tape from last week and ask yourself – what if #25 was the safety on the winning TD? Coleman was outrun by a big RB; at the very least I would like to see if #25 can make that play.

Big Dummy

September 17th, 2010
9:13 am

Jerry – Ryan’s nickname was forged in either High School or College and has just stayed with him. Don’t give up on him so quickly, he hasn’t wowed us yet but he is more accomplished at this point in his career than some pretty good Quarterbacks including Payton Manning & Drew Brees.


September 17th, 2010
9:39 am

WOW, Mr earl, why not go farther into the future and talk about moore’s role in the 2015 season? geeze!


September 17th, 2010
10:21 am

Let’s be honest. Matt Ryan can’t hit the deep receiver in stride. If you didn’t know it go back and look at the tape. His longest pass was to a wide open Harry Douglas who “stopped and squatted” in order to wait for the ball. Thats the book on our quarterback. When Palamalou made his interception he just knew Matt was setting him up by throwing that sideline route over and over. Up until he saw the ball leave his hands he wondered if Ryan was looking him off in an effort to go deep and then he realized Matt wasn’t capable and the ball was on it’s way to him. Pittsburgh was able to stack the line of scrimmage and dare Matt Ryan to beat them with his arm. It’s the clearest sign of disrespect for your quarterback. The fellas call it a “self-check” In other words it’s saying “we aint worried about him. “HE CAN”T PLAY”!!!! HE WON’T BE A FACTOR!!. It’s gonna be a long season.


September 17th, 2010
10:49 am

The offense will wake up sunday playing against an average defense and an average road team. Arizona can’t match up with the Falcons, and their QB Anderson isn’t accurate enough to beat our improved secondary. Abraham gets 2 sacks and Bierman gets a sack to lead the rush! Turner will run great behind a motivated offensive line and Ryan throws a couple of touchdown passes to get somewhat untracked. Ryan still will have to prove he can throw deeper passes and be on target with his throws against the better teams (ex: new orleans saints next sunday). if Ryan can’t be consistent with deeper throws or floats too many passes where receiver has to wait on the ball allowing defenses to breakup the passes or intercept them, we’re in trouble this year. Or simply put: If Ryan’s arm is too weak and keeps floating passes deep, it will be another no playoff year for Falcons. That was the biggest knock on Ryan in college, and by all NFL teams at combine except the Falcons, was the weak noodle arm he possesses, he has all the intangibles as the scouts say to be a NFL QB, but that one negative may prove out that Ryan can’t throw deep and ends up as a average Qb at best. The opposing teams’ defenses using 8 in the box daring Ryan to throw is something else to watch again and again and we can’t beat those teams either. Time will prove out this year if Ryan is the real deal or an imitation of a elite QB. anyway Falcons 34 – Cardinals 13.


September 17th, 2010
10:56 am

Your technology piece today was just the kind of stuff that keeps me reading your articles. I would love more along these lines with Fish and the other folks who toil behind the scenes to make Falcons football happen. Thanks again for a great, informative read…..


September 17th, 2010
11:23 am

Fitzgerald covered by Moore does not sound to promising. Coleman is much better at this point and the Falcons need him.


September 17th, 2010
11:51 am

Just saw the results of a new survey on gameday traffic conditions in NFL cities and ATL ranked 10th worst with a 31% slowdown from regular traffic speeds before each game. WASH was worst and OAK the best. I’d be interested to hear from ATL traffic officials on how they plan to improve this (if they even give a hoot)…


September 17th, 2010
12:06 pm

One more thing…(Peter Falk impersonation)
Saw some stats on ATL’s performance on 1st down vs PITT. We averaged 3.8 yds on 1st down but subtract the 2 “big” plays of 23 and 17 yd completions and the average falls to 2.4. You can survive on 3.8 but 2.4? That’s a recipe for 3-and-out every time. The problem lies with the running game and goes back to the OL being unable to handle the Steelers big 3/4 DL. I’m worried we’ll have the same difficulties with Wisenhunt’s group on Sunday…..


September 17th, 2010
12:09 pm

Why is everyone on misterEarl? his statement is true saint fan or not.


September 17th, 2010
12:14 pm

@JERRY,great question.I guess they want matt ryan to be something he’s not.We could have got terry bradshaw in here at his age to dink and donk the ball to recievers.I heard it once i heard it twice ill say it once and ill say it twice ryan aint all that and he sure is hell aint ice.


September 17th, 2010
12:27 pm

@JERRY, He got that name by his first year play. BTW, People are talking about him in a Tom Bradey way. Lets go by this list that he is not close:

Warren Moon
Jim Kelly
Dan Marino

These quarterbacks, if he is lucky, could be one.

PS: None of these great quarterbacks won a Super Bowl.


September 17th, 2010
12:34 pm

ASCAN, Ryans nickname was for his demeanor during his rookie season. It is not for what you think it means. People say it, because people want his rookie year demeanor back. The falcons was the first team to score a TD with Ryan as quarterback and that was close to the end of the season last year.


September 17th, 2010
1:39 pm

Something about Erik Colemans play reminds me of Lawyer Milloy (in a bad way) Both extrememly physical in the run game but a bit of a liabilty in coverage. Is it me or did Mendenhall running away from Coleman remind you of Boldin running a way from Milloy in the playoff loss vs the Cardinals?
Ive been pulling for William Moore since his rookie year but injuries have slowed his ability to move up on the depth chart. I think had Moore been healthy this past summer in training camp he would have outplayed Coleman and be starting now. IMO. This is a good move for us