Falcons safety William Moore fined $7,500

 

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, left, and safety William Moore, right, tackle Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, left, and safety William Moore, right, tackle Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons strong safety William Moore said he was fined by the league $7,500 on Wednesday.

Moore was fined for a helmet hit he placed on Tampa Bay running back Earnest Graham in the third quarter. On third-and-4 from Tampa Bay’s 36, Graham caught a short pass for a 5-yard gain. Moore came over to aid linebacker Sean Weatherspoon on the tackle and was  called for unnecessary roughness on the play.

“It was called a late hit,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Monday, when asked if he thought Moore would be fined. “Again, whether he was a defenseless player, that will be something that I’m sure the League will determine but that was a personal foul, late-hit penalty is what they called it, not helmet-to-helmet.”

For the second week in a row, a Falcons’ defensive back has been fined by the league. Cornerback Dunta Robinson was fined $40,000 for a hit he put on Philadelphia receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was deemed a defenseless player.

“You see that the rules are changing, so we have to change with them,” Moore said. ”We have to continue to play physical. You can’t go out there and see how you are hitting a player. You just have to play fast and deal with it.”

Moore will have a tough assignment this week, going against Seattle tight end  Zach Miller.

“He’s an explosive tight end,” Moore said. “If you’ve seen what he’s done in the past, you’ve got to respect him. He’s got great hands and is a great blocker. I’ve got my hands full this week.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Me and Julio down in d school yard!

September 28th, 2011
12:13 pm

FL Falcon

September 28th, 2011
12:13 pm

FL Falcon

September 28th, 2011
12:14 pm

Me and Julio down in d school yard!

September 28th, 2011
12:14 pm

Hat to see that. Maybe we should all take up a collection. He deserved it after the dirty bird dance.

PMC

September 28th, 2011
12:14 pm

The absolute right call under the rules. Can’t say I didn’t like it, but it was definately illegal.

Die Hard Falcon

September 28th, 2011
12:22 pm

I think that this is a totally crap call. Once Freeman leaves the pocket to scramble and doesn’t slide, he is the same as a running back. Josh Freeman is 6″5 or 6″6 and weighs 250 lbs., he continues to run and doesn’t try to go out of bounds or slide he should get lit up the same as Michael Turner, the rules ONLY apply to QB’s in the pocket and defenseless receivers, not head first runners diving for the 1st down.

just sayin'

September 28th, 2011
12:26 pm

sure we’ll get the normal ‘it was a clean shot’ from the coach..btw, he looks lost this year…seems as if this year the calls aren’t going his way..pretenders…

dean

September 28th, 2011
12:26 pm

I woulda sworn that was a right shoulder to head hit. Either it was or the refs just let it ride since it didn’t appear to be intentional. Oh well. Just another pass the collection plate in the locker room.

Season Ticker Holder

September 28th, 2011
12:29 pm

The correct title is “Me and Julio Down by the School Yard”

Michael M.

September 28th, 2011
12:35 pm

” It was a clean shot, right smack in da head “, excerpt from Coach Clean Shot

Michael M.

September 28th, 2011
12:37 pm

Falcons better play Good Football so they can keep earning those salaries to pay all the Fines they are getting hammered with , thanks to Coach Clean Shot…….lol

Michael M.

September 28th, 2011
12:41 pm

I am glad I didn’t buy Season Tickets……I have to ask for a refund because the product isnt as good as it was claimed to be

Rikus

September 28th, 2011
12:50 pm

@Michael M. – All I hear from your post is “Waaahh, my team isn’t undefeated like I thought.” Freaking fair-weather fans. It’s a long season. Sit down and grow a pair.

Michael M.

September 28th, 2011
12:52 pm

The Falcons are their own worse opponent, stupid penalties, blown assignments, poor tackling,dropped passes,turnovers, think thats to many already listed…….but………..if all that was taken care of then they would have few Teams that could actually beat em .

PMC

September 28th, 2011
12:56 pm

It was shoulder to head, he “launched” at Freeman, this was very well described last year on the Dunta collision. ANY shoulder or head contact will be fined whether it is flagged or not.

Michael M.

September 28th, 2011
12:56 pm

Ha ! Ha ! 3 or 4 more losses and it definately will be one longggggggggggggg season !

Tom G

September 28th, 2011
12:59 pm

Someone, anyone please tell me why we are keeping a kicker averaging 34 yds per punt and also can’t reach end-zone from 35 on KO’s? I really want to know?

Michael M.

September 28th, 2011
1:01 pm

Coach Clean Shot , ” Go low or high, but be sure you lead with the helment “, and ” You didnt hear me tell you that William, understand ?…lol

I like to see em hit like that for it makes it interesting.

Fred-D

September 28th, 2011
1:03 pm

Michael M. never believe the hype, never ever believe the hype, whether it is positive or negative. We were told by many of the “experts” that this was a championship contender. I wonder how many of those experts actually saw a Falcons game start to finnish, rather than just the highlights of Ryan making a comeback. If they would have seen the entire game they would have seen that the Falcons did everything they could to throw away games they had total control of, the best example being the Bengals game. Last year they had a weaker schedule and were able to slide, this year they are playing better teams who are really taking this team seriously. This team just needs to realize that they must play FOUR QUARTERS OF SOUND FOOTBALL instead of a half, or in the case last week, 1 1/2 quarter of good football.

Mr. Swamp People

September 28th, 2011
1:03 pm

dirty Failcons players

Michael M.

September 28th, 2011
1:07 pm

lol……Swamp

Michael M.

September 28th, 2011
1:09 pm

comments here please

Bishop Eddie Longs Red Panties

September 28th, 2011
1:14 pm

Let just give everone a white flag stick it in their belt loop and the flag is the only thing a player is able to contact Geeeeshhh what a bunch of wusses NFFL National Flag Football League

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

September 28th, 2011
1:15 pm

DOL,

This is perplexing. At the point of contact, Freeman was not defenseless and was – in essence – a running back. Other things are peplexing as well:

1) Mularkey. I ASSUME that we run off a script of plays to start a game. If correct, Coach Mularkey has lost touch with the game. Just as last year, his premonitions are dead wrong. Think about it…he “fakes” the reverse to Julio against the Eagles and Turner got 0 yards. A week later vs. Bucs, he “runs” the reverse to Julio and gets -5 yards. Dude…what are you doing???? More: Falcons don’t even throw the ball deep…at all is the first half. A deep throw has the same effect as a run…if forces the DBs to account and THINK. No deep throws early in the game…DBs are squatting on routes all over the field. Thus is football 101. Last: with these weapons, the Falcons should not go complete halves with out scoring a TD. In three games they have been held without for three halves. For that DOL, his role should be reassessed.

2) Tackling. I know Blount is a tough player, but he cant be that strong. Play after play he ran through our defenders. Brent Grimes, for reasons that I can speculate, has decided not to tackle. #23 has not made a tackle behind the L.O.S. that I can remember. I want to see Vance Walker and Sidbury. Akeem Dent too. Somebody can tackle…its all “want to”.

3) Personnel. Turner has not broken a tackle this year. Put #44 or #22 in on first down and watch them pick up yardage. Baker is embarrasing himself. About to play right out of the league. Roddy White dropped big thime passes. Matt Ryan was very inaccurate on throws down the field. Are practicing correctly?

4) Intangibles. Falcons have to PLAY. No one is going to lay down because of last year. I dont see the urgency in the beginning of the game from Ryan, Turner or Abe.

FBD

CGD..

September 28th, 2011
1:16 pm

You go 13-3, guess what? You a marked team! You got cross hairs on your backs and helmets!

Everybody is going to bring their A-game, heck you were picked by the Genius Peter King with Sports illustrated to go to the freaking SuperBowl this year? Hugh???????????????

Went ta yo head Coach Clean Shot? Karma is a b*tch!

St. Richt

September 28th, 2011
1:17 pm

That was a clean hit- he led with his shoulder. Just so happens that the freaking head is attached to the shoulder, not much you can do about that. Freeman was also far from “defenseless” on the play. This is BS.

Fred-D

September 28th, 2011
1:24 pm

The way the NFL protects quarterbacks is unreal. You cant’s even accidentally hit them below the knees, in the head, nor with your helmet. you can’t touch them after they scramble and embarass your defense with a first down if he baseball slides; while monster sized quarterbacks can keep a play alive with defenders hanging around/off them, clearly showing the qb in the grasp (where did that rule go). I’m all for eliminating helment – helment contact because too many defenders believe throwing a forearm at an opponent as close to the head as possible is tackling(are you listening D. Robinson, entire Steeler defense). I know that if Ryan gets hurt this team is screwed, but if you can’t touch the quarterback, at least make it a penalty if he leaves the the pocket established by his offensive tackles

Mike Franklin

September 28th, 2011
1:40 pm

These new illegal hit rules are ruining the game and in this case, being used by the league to make an example by way of the Falcons. The Bucs game was a prime example as penalties were called on one side of the ball and often completely ignored on the other.

But beyond that, these rules are killing the game. The guys out there are professional players, bringing home six and seven figures or more. They are paid to play this rough, violent game we call football. To try and invent a politically correct way of tackling is absolutely horrible. The only way it survives the fans is because when these fines are slapped on a player, the only ones to defend them are team fans. The rest of the NFL nation agrees with the fines and penalties because it kicks potential opponents and makes them less likely to play hard against their own team.

Yeah. It’s a rough sport but they get paid really well to play a rough sport. Moreover, once you indoctrinate the players to tackle nicely, the game we once knew will be gone forever. There will be fines and penalties for jumping to high for a catch or blocking too long without letting disadvantaged players get a better shot.

Just makes me ill.

DawgFan

September 28th, 2011
1:49 pm

I’m just waiting on someone to get fined for looking at a quarterback the wrong way. We should change NFL to NFFQBL – National Flag Football Quarterback League.

The hit was fine. Freeman was the same as a running back at that point. If the league keeps up this practice of fining player on plays that don’t even draw in-game penalties, then eventually we’ll have NFL games with scores like 76-65. It’ll be just like the Arena Leagues.

CGD..

September 28th, 2011
1:52 pm

Its going to be another dog fight on this Sunday!

The film dont lie..The Oline cant protect a non mobile, unable to improvise much again QB named Melt..

Seattle’s been watching film all week.. The Clean Shots are coming…..

Disaster is about to unfold over these next two weeks….

loyal falcon

September 28th, 2011
2:06 pm

@ THE OFFENSIVE LINE OF THE ATLANTA FALCONS….DO YOUR JOB AND PROTECT YOUR QUARTERBACK!!!! It all starts with you. If you protect your QB that’ll enable him to make better decisions and more plays. Which in return generates longer drives and lets the defense rest. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! GET IT RIGHT!

loyal falcon

September 28th, 2011
2:09 pm

You all aren’t playing physical enough and I know you can because I’ve seen it. Man up!…Try controlling the line of scrimmage and not letting the other team defensive front control you. Let’s Go!!!

Michael M.

September 28th, 2011
2:12 pm

Sounds like a drama in the making…..should be a good movie…….another Number one Hit ! according to Coach Clean Shot Smitty

Michael M.

September 28th, 2011
2:14 pm

Man up Troops, helment to helment…….give it your best shot……we worry bout the fines later……lmao

Get the fair weathers outta here

September 28th, 2011
2:19 pm

We are making too many mental erros and it’s killing us. Seems as tho we forgot how to tackle this offseason. All that wrappin up around the chest is never going to accomplish anything and that’s why Blount ran all over us last week. Bosher needs to get it together, the O-line needs to protect Matty more, we need to start tackling better and mostly stop making all these mental mistakes!:)

Columbus Falcons Fan

September 28th, 2011
2:20 pm

Wow, some of you need to go be a fan of a another team. I can’t believe how we as fans sit here and bash your team with only 3 games played into a 16 game season. The current staff in this organization have accomplish things that no other organization has ever accomplish in Falcons history. So with that being said, I trust the coaching staff as well as front office staff that they see the same things wrong with the team as we the fans see. So I feel that they will make the proper adjustments and still have a 11-5 season. The Falcons, roster wise, have the potential to be Super Bowl Champs this year and I still wouldn’t count them out. I guarantee you Coach Smith and the boys will get it together and make a deep push in the playoffs. GO FALCONS>>>RISE UP.

Nice Hit!!!!

September 28th, 2011
2:22 pm

GREAT HIT!!! I wish moore would tackle like that every play. Thats why we watch the games. The gladiator style tackles & hits along with nice plays. I wish his head would have rolled off =)

Michael M.

September 28th, 2011
2:23 pm

Have we heard what the Game plan is going to be for Sundays game yet ?

LutherB

September 28th, 2011
2:36 pm

He launched himself and led with the helmet. You can see him ready himself before the hit. It’s a penalty…case closed. Freeman was not defenseless but it was the way the tackle happened. Just imagine if you had someone unloaded on Matt Ryan like that, you all would go insane and rightfully so.

Michael M.

September 28th, 2011
2:36 pm

I hope you are right Capt. Columbus, my faith in the home town favorite…Falcons….is slowing slipping away after that devestating fiasco down in the Bay !

Michael M.

September 28th, 2011
2:39 pm

Smitty trains his boys right, Luther, hit em hard, we can pay the fines later, just make em cough up the ball so we can get it back and try to score !

Falcon_4_Life

September 28th, 2011
2:53 pm

I second Columbus Falcons Fan, We are having an off year, S. Baker’s play has slipped a bit, and we are dealing with a major injury on the D line and with our center being out the first two games. Mcclur calls the blocking changes to pick up the blitz surely everyone noticed how much we missed him in the firs two games. Coach Smith and TD will get these things fixed. So they missed on Baker, Just means we will find someone from some were.

Scott

September 28th, 2011
3:03 pm

The hit was not legal, he led with his head! When I saw it happen, I told my son that he would be fined this week. Also this was not because it was the QB or defenseless player, again he led with his head and went for his head. One time I would like to see Robinson or Moore try and make a real tackle, meaning arms are out to wrap up instead of being down by thier side. All either one tries to do is blow someone up, when they miss the other player is off to the races. I agree that the defenseless player rule is stupid, why should anyone have to wait for a reciever to take two steps before they can tackle them, but this all has come due to players like Moore and Robinson that don’t tackle they just try and hit someone and knock them down. They never wrap up, until they start at least making it look like a tackle they will keep getting hit with flags and fines.

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ATrueFalconsFan

September 28th, 2011
3:13 pm

Thats BS that he got fined. It was a clean hit because Josh Freeman wasn’t a defenseless player. Oh The NFL at its best yet again!!!!!

Micheal M. is a....

September 28th, 2011
3:29 pm

total moron.

Micheal M. is a....

September 28th, 2011
3:30 pm

parrot. Please go back to the Aints blog.

Tom G

September 28th, 2011
3:36 pm

Josh Freeman is the size of a DE, hit him in the mouth and maybe he will not do that bird dance to taunt us next time? This is not flag football!!

saintbim

September 28th, 2011
3:48 pm

failcons living up to their name; rise-up, what a joke.

TomDawg

September 28th, 2011
3:54 pm

Why is everyone talking about the hit on Josh Freeman? He got the fine for hitting Ernest Graham. Josh Freeman was never mentioned in the article. Yes I know Freeman got the snot knocked out of him (like football was meant to be played). I’m just curious.