Moore declared the starter on depth chart for Eagles game

Falcons safety William Moore, right, picks up a fumble by Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis. Associated Press

Falcons safety William Moore, right, picks up a fumble by Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis. Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons have gone ahead and made the switch at strong safety, at least according to the depth chart they released for the Philadelphia game.

William Moore is listed as the starter at strong safety and Erik Coleman, who’s coming back from a knee jury as the backup.

Moore, the 2009 second round pick out of Missouri, took over for Coleman after he was hurt in the Pittsburgh game.

Coach Mike Smith has repeatedly said that he doesn’t have a rule about a player not losing his starting spot because of injury.

Coleman has been available the last two games. He didn’t play against San Francisco, but saw some action against Cleveland. On the

In the wildcard game on Jan. 3, 2009, Falcons safety Eric Coleman levels Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who had 6 catches for 101 yards and a score. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

In the wildcard game on Jan. 3, 2009, Falcons safety Eric Coleman levels Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who had 6 catches for 101 yards and a score. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

pre-game flip card for the Cleveland game, Coleman was still listed as the starter.

Moore missed most of his rookie season with a hamstring injury. Since busting into the starting lineup, he has 26 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Also, wide receiver Harry Douglas was listed as the starter on the pre-game card for the last two games. But with Michael Jenkins coming back this week, Jenkins was listed as the starter on the depth chart for this week’s game against Philadelphia.

Here’s a look at the team’s depth chart:

OFFENSE

WR 12 Michael Jenkins 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems

LT 72 Sam Baker 74 Will Svitek

LG 63 Justin Blalock 79 Mike Johnson

C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley

RG 73 Harvey Dahl 79 Mike Johnson

RT 77 Tyson Clabo 75 Garrett Reynolds

TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 87 Justin Peelle 81 Michael Palmer

WR 84 Roddy White 86 Brian Finneran

QB 2 Matt Ryan 8 Chris Redman 4 John Parker Wilson

RB 33 Michael Turner 44 Jason Snelling 35 Antone Smith 27 Gartrell Johnson

FB 34 Ovie Mughelli

DEFENSE

RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 91 Corey Peters 97 Trey Lewis

DT 94 Peria Jerry 99 Vance Walker

LE 71 Kroy Biermann 98 Jamaal Anderson 92 Chauncey Davis

OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon 54 Stephen Nicholas

MLB 50 Curtis Lofton 52 Coy Wire

OLB 53 Mike Peterson 59 Spencer Adkins

RCB 23 Dunta Robinson 21 Christopher Owens 24 Dominique Franks

LCB 20 Brent Grimes 29 Brian Williams

S 25 William Moore 26 Erik Coleman

S 28 Thomas DeCoud 39 Shann Schillinger

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant

KO 9 Michael Koenen 3 Matt Bryant

P 9 Michael Koenen

KR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks

PR 14 Eric Weems 83 Harry Douglas

LS 82 Joe Zelenka

H 9 Michael Koenen

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Jim

October 13th, 2010
7:11 am

It will be nice to see if Jenkins can make any kind of a difference.

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isproab

October 13th, 2010
7:38 am

Good to see Moore officially has the job. Dude is a magnet for the ball. He also brings more physicality and speed.

waynester

October 13th, 2010
7:48 am

It’s nice to have enough depth to have real competition for jobs. Jenkins return should help some but the OL still has me worried. Anybody know if Valdez is making enough progress to have a shot if someone goes down?

SirReal

October 13th, 2010
8:06 am

Good to hear. D Led I told you he would push Coleman. You were right about it being hard to unseat him b/c Coleman is really solid but Moore has a lot of potential and they know it. If he can be consistent like this all year, TD may have made yet another good pick. Then we’d be just waiting on Jerry and Baker to come around….(I dont think Baker will ever be a true LT in this league but Jerry can still be impactful after his knee fully heals.)

tjhook

October 13th, 2010
8:16 am

I hope Coleman can get some plays at FS. We still need him to be a contributor to the team because of his game knowledge and leadership ability

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Joe Tess Fish House

October 13th, 2010
8:26 am

Jenkins will floop. Falcons had a chance at TO and Moss and past on both. Yeah, this team is 4 n 1 but only be cuz they got lucky.

Anoter thig that is bothering me is Mat Ryan is getting worst each year. At this rate, he will be worst then Dough Johnson in a year! LOL

James

October 13th, 2010
8:33 am

I wonder if there is a likelihood for the Falcons to move Coleman and possibly a mid round draft pick for a big play WR. Someone like Mike Sims-Walker or Vincent Jackson.

James

October 13th, 2010
8:39 am

One thing that is bothering me is Joe Tess’ 7 spelling/grammatical errors and lack of sentence structure. Matt Ryan isn’t a “Peyton Manning” type QB, but he is a top tier QB. The Falcons would be at the bottom of the division without him.

gabugman

October 13th, 2010
8:39 am

Any news on Spoon? I see they have him starting.

cejay

October 13th, 2010
8:42 am

Seenthis- last week you held the NFL power rankings in high regard, even bragged about the aint’s ranking. Well, well, well look at this weeks rankings, ,,what’s that? i didn’t hear you……oh no the aints are number 9 and wait a minute…..whats that? FALCONS are number 4. Oh my, oh my! the aint’s are slipping and the Falcons are gaining ! Falcons are rated above the aint’s!!!!!! and none of your silly girl talk will excuse you, peckerwood!! You preached these rankings as the gospel earlier!!! So how bout cha now big boy!!!! week 6 PR FALCONS 4—– aint’s 9

Who Dat?
Falcons and Cards Dat who!!!! HA HA HA ! ! !

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Sid

October 13th, 2010
8:48 am

Let’s stay focused here Joe Fish Breath. Whew, wait a minute, I just got a whiff of that breath, it’s not fish/ How many times I have warned you to not get on that manure wagon when you are hungry.

By the way, you mentioned that Jenkins will floop. You may not be aware but that is the action decribed when the ballsack hits the forehead meaning obviously that you think Jenkins has a rather large pair.

So how do you think the who dat parrish team will do? They are favored by 5 but I think the Bucs take this one, aints are coming unraveled…………!!

Resign or Resign?

October 13th, 2010
8:49 am

James & cejay:

Agree totally; don’t see the ‘Aints fans too much around here anymore. Now if we could just get Joan Tease’s Flesh House off the blog, we’d be OK. GO BIRDS!!

Resign or Resign?

October 13th, 2010
8:50 am

Good one, Sid.

DeepDiver

October 13th, 2010
8:50 am

Judging from Joe Tess’ comments here and over on the Braves blog, he’s a glass-half-empty kind of guy. Not much of a speller, either. English must be a third language.

waynester

October 13th, 2010
8:52 am

James
I’ve started to think Dimitroff is holding off on making ANY moves before the deadline.
SirReal
Jerry still needs time and reps to become who we thought he could be…as for Baker, there’s a reason men with a certain body type excel as LT’s in the NFL and Baker can’t help it but he doesn’t fit the ideal model. I think he’s smart enough and works hard enough and his technique is solid enough but will continue to get beaten by these hybrid DE/OLB guys that these 3/4s employ. I’m really curious how Baker would look at RT if Clabo isn’t resigned/traded. We have “franchise” type players at most of our skill positions but not at LT(yet) and I believe Baker can continue to improve–he just can’t grow anymore…..

Sid

October 13th, 2010
8:53 am

James October 13th, 2010 8:39 am

The Falcons would be at the bottom of the division without him.
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If you are saying that Ice is the Falcons you couldn’t be more wrong. This team has talent in key postions especially back up QB. Redman did a great job after Ryan went down last year.

Gamer

October 13th, 2010
8:53 am

Easy decision to make and a great decision to make to start Moore, more (lol). Nothing against Coleman, because he is an outstanding safety on the run. But Moore is more versatile, offering closing speed and packing power.

I’m still concern with DeCoud poor angles on passing downs. And Dunta’s need to make adjustments in man coverage on third&long and third&short. Both players are outstanding players, but need to make the self-scouting acknowledgement and adjust appropriately. Especially this week against Philly’s speedy receivers.

If Jenkins is pain-free with Tony and Roddy dynamic one two receiving punch, I expect to see Falcons score near 30pts against Philly.

BirdDog

October 13th, 2010
8:54 am

Moore definitely needs to remain the starter if he can stay healthy. Big upgrade over Coleman IMO. Much more speed and likes to hit. Coleman and even Decoud are too soft. Glad to see Jenkins back, he’s a big target. Go Falcons!!!

Sid

October 13th, 2010
8:55 am

Resign or Resign?

October 13th, 2010
8:50 am
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Thanks!

PreyDawg

October 13th, 2010
8:55 am

My question is, that with Jenkins back…will we get more vertical? We have thrown deep to Gonzo and last week that beauty to White. Then White again on the final drive against the 49ers. It has been succesful, therefore…lets do it more often. Let’s stretch the defense. We would have ended overtime against the Saints with an open Harry Douglas but Mat overthrew a few inches. We are throwing too much underneath stuff. Also we need to go to the endzone at least once when we get to the 30. We are bunching things up in the red zone too much.

BirdDirty

October 13th, 2010
8:57 am

The Falcons finally have some quality depth in the secondary, especially at safety with Moore, Decoud, and Coleman. I also believe that you could work Brian Williams in as FS in a pinch. We look pretty good at corner as well. The defensive line is deep as well. Everybody on our defensive line can play. No dead weight anywhere. We also have four NFL starting caliber LBs. With Adkins and James waiting in the wings. Hats off to Thomas Dimitroff and staff for re-tooling this defense. Keep adding through the draft. This is shaping up to be a championship caliber defense.

Falcon Jim

October 13th, 2010
8:58 am

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4nic8ion

October 13th, 2010
9:07 am

So i guess spoon is ok?

Mike Jay

October 13th, 2010
9:09 am

Ryan has gotte worse every year? Haha. That was funny and I needed a laugh.

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

October 13th, 2010
9:33 am

DOL and friends,

Makes sense to me. When was the last time you saw Coleman jump a route for an INT or recover a fumble…or sack the QB, or make a play moving forward. Smitty and crew were just waiting for Moore to get healthy. Moore has to find that throttle…so he can stay around. Other impressions:

(1) Ok, so the Burner played MUCH better last week. Take a look at his FIRST run from scrimmage and you can tell that someone told him to hit the hole this week. He was actually much better…still side-stepped a little, but all in all I thought he showed up against a (supposedly) rugged Browns defense

(2) Hillis is the TRUTH. Did you see that catch??? Dude is a stud, and the Birds SHUT HIM DOWN. Lofton had his hands full and he certainly responded. I actually saw #54 make plays against the pass. We were solid all around on Defense.

(3) #71 the BEER-MAN made a freakish play on the ball. I mean really…have you seen a Falcons make a play like that since…PRIMETIME #21??? Imagine that PRIMETIME and BEERMAN in the same breath. Never woulda thunk it…

(4) Play calling also improved. Second down play action passes were there…no irrational sweeps. Long ball on the post to Roddy. There was progress…

(5) Ryan was a bit shaky in the first half. I like his ball protection, but I think he can be a little slow to pull the trigger on some passes. Whatever the case…as long as he does NOT throw pics, I’m cool.

(6) Owens #21 gotta str8en up on the nickel coverage. With help down the field, what he needs to focus on is crossing routes i.e., not letting the receiver cross his face. Smitty has to coach him up for this Sunday…Eagles saw this and will create the match-up with him.

Big game this week. Eagles are beatable at their house…but they have a helluva coach in Andy Reid. Look for them to do what the Niner did: spread the Birds out and test our LBs underneath and our Nickel back across the field. Once we start inching up…#10 will look to go LONG!!! DeCoud has to stay back and #21 and #53 and #54/#56 have to play. Matchups, matchups, matchups…

FBD

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 13th, 2010
9:34 am

gabugman & 4nic8ion– We will get an update today from Coach Smith after practice today. He has to file an injury report with the league by 4 p.m.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 13th, 2010
9:35 am

I’m going to do Joe Tess, like y’all do me. Slow down and HAVE SOME PRIDE JOE TESS!!!

ATL1NETIM

October 13th, 2010
9:41 am

Hello…all my loyal brothers and sisters in “FALCON FAN-LAND”……No seen that B4….no Saints fans at all………..just FALCON LOVING FANS………….This is great……tell ya what…this goes out to all the Falcon-haters…..THERE IS STILL ROOM ON THE BUS…..YOU BETTER GET ON NOW BECAUSE SEATS ARE FILLING UP QUICKLY………GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 13th, 2010
9:41 am

FBD — Always great to have you stop by. Nice game review, too. I don’t think the play action fakes are crisp enough. They don’t fool anybody or hold the LBs you know. When I first started covering the NFL in Cincy, Boomer Esiason was QB. He would fool you 2 to 3 times a game with his play action fakes. Holmgren and Mariucci taught this to B. Favre in GB, too. He was a magician with the ball. On Roddy’s TD, Ryan did play action fake to Snelling, but it didn’t fool me. I think I’ll have a talk with Bill Musgrave about the play-action game.

ATL1NETIM

October 13th, 2010
9:44 am

BY THE WAY…..D-LED….I’VE NEVER TOLD YOU THIS BUT THANKS FOR YOUR INSIGHT AND COVERAGE OF OUR BELOVED FALCONS…..I’M A SEASON TICKET HOLDER AND EVEN THOUGH I MOVED FROM SECTION 110 ROW 10 SEAT 12 TO SECTION 333 ROW 12 SEAT 22….I ENJOY THE TAILGATING AND GAMES JUST THE SAME IF NOT MORE…….BY THE WAY THE FANS ARE MUCH CRAZIER UP THERE..MUST SAY ITS A BLAST EVERY WEEK…BUT ONCE AGAIN ….. THANKS D-LED.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 13th, 2010
9:50 am

ATLINETIM — Thanks for your kind words!!! I’m glad you are enjoying the season. Tailgating is great after hard week of work.

Resign or Resign?

October 13th, 2010
9:56 am

Remember the first pass Matty threw was a TD to Jenkins against the Lions; and the sideline catch against the Bears last year. Jenkins can’t help but improve the passing game; and his blocking will improve the running game. GO BIRDS!!

SawThat1nce

October 13th, 2010
10:01 am

Joe Tess Fish House

October 13th, 2010
10:08 am

Dont I get 2 speek my mind and not get insulted? I point out thigs I see wrong that conern me abut this team and insted of some 1 sayin why I am wrong they insult me. Find. I got thick skin and I no I am write cuz no 1 disputs my arguement.

Joe Tess Fish House

October 13th, 2010
10:09 am

Oh yeah I am a glass full guy cuz I dont drink the cool aide you peeple been drinkin!

DeepDiver

October 13th, 2010
10:17 am

Joe Tess you may have some incredible insight for us but it is difficult to look past the grotesque abuse of our language in order to go there with you.

Resign or Resign?

October 13th, 2010
10:19 am

Joe;

It’s your spelling that upsets me!….and the fact you’re always complaining….and your name…..and that you are always campaigning for TO, Moss, etc…..and your name.

cejay

October 13th, 2010
10:20 am

Man, down to 99% Falcon fans here…..

cejay

October 13th, 2010
10:26 am

Joe Tess Fish House– I bet you’re one of those people who think we should still have Vick and/or need him ??????

cejay

October 13th, 2010
10:29 am

All the people I’ve ever seen you mention are at the end of their careers….careful, I didn’t say their careers we over, but they’re at the end. We need fresh players…

cejay

October 13th, 2010
10:32 am

you know the “Disney” mentalilty….. why pay a bunch of money for something you can create yourself, and reap all the rewards.

Falconfan

October 13th, 2010
10:32 am

BEAT THE EAGLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will never forget when they down here several years back and brought some of their fans with them. They are awful!!!! Absolute TRASH!!! BEAT THE EAGLES!!!!!!!!
Go FALCONS!!!!!!!

Falconfan

October 13th, 2010
10:38 am

…when they came down here…..

Joe Tess Fish House

October 13th, 2010
10:51 am

At least Vick get beter each year. M Ryan seems 2 get worst every year. He look lost in the pocket and always throwin 2 Gonzales. The defence no this and double and tripel cover him.

Rev Blake

October 13th, 2010
10:52 am

As far as play action is concerned, I agree with DLed. Personally, I think they should ask Chris Chandler to come in and teach Ryan how to perform it properly. Say what you want about Chandler’s durability, he was absolutely THE master when it came to the play action pass!

Brad Morris

October 13th, 2010
11:00 am

Saints losing to Arizona when the Falcons drubbed ‘em? Oh yeah, I’ve definitely SEEN THIS B4!! Tell me, What time is it again????

Rise Up!

Resign or Resign?

October 13th, 2010
11:00 am

Joe, Joe, Joe: did you lose (NOT LOOSE!) your dictionary? GET BETER? GET WORST? HE LOOK LOST? DEFENCE? NO THIS? TRIPEL? Come on, man! YOUR BETER than that!

Resign or Resign?

October 13th, 2010
11:03 am

Falconfan;

Wasn’t several years back; IT WAS LAST YEAR!! How could anyone forget? I hope the our Birds stomp ‘em in Filly! GO FALCONS!