Atlanta Falcons: Safety William Moore not worried about a new contract

November 29, 2012 - Atlanta, Ga: New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lane Moore (16) makes a catch in between Atlanta Falcons defenders Sean Weatherspoon, left, and William Moore in the first half of their game at the Georgia Dome Thursday night in Atlanta, Ga., November 29, 2012. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

November 29, 2012 - Atlanta, Ga: New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lane Moore (16) makes a catch in between Atlanta Falcons defenders Sean Weatherspoon, left, and William Moore in the first half of their game at the Georgia Dome Thursday night in Atlanta, Ga., November 29, 2012. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons safety William Moore, who’s in the final year of a four-year, $3.4 million contract, is turning in a big season.

He’s the Falcons top tackler with 105. He has recorded eight pass breakups, four interceptions and one sack. But Moore, who will get some Pro Bowl consideration, is not worrying about his contract situation.

“Me, personally, the best thing that I’ve got going for myself is that I play because I love the game,” Moore said. “I’m not just saying that because it’s the right thing to say, but I really love the game. I don’t focus on contracts or how much money is being paid. That’s all a bonus because just playing right now is all that I ask for.”

Last season, the Falcons re-signed free safety Thomas DeCoud to a five-year $17.5 million contract. Baltimore safety Ed Reed has the highest base salary — $7.2 million — at the position in 2012.

Moore figures there is plenty of time to take care of business.

“Of course, I do have son to feed, but my name means more than anything,” Moore said. “I want to be a great football player more than anything.”

It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Moore, who was selected from Missouri in the second round of the 2009 draft. Hamstring, groin and knee injuries led to a slow start to his career.

After moving into the starting lineup in 2010, he was slowed last season by quadriceps and groin injuries that caused him to miss four games.

Moore’s marauding style of play appears to be a good fit for defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s scheme. He’s coming off perhaps his best NFL game where he had 11 tackles and two interceptions in the 23-13 victory over the Saints on Nov. 29.

“You definitely want to pat yourself on the back for the hard work that you put in, not only during the season, but at the same time during the offseason,” Moore said. “I feel like I went to work this offseason, especially with a new (defensive) coordinator coming in.

“I hit the books first. The new defense allows for the safeties to roam and I knew that. I knew I had to learn the defense to perfect it and to use it to my ability.”

In addition to Moore this offseason, the Falcons must also address left tackle Sam Baker and decide on a possible extension for quarterback Matt Ryan.

Baker is in the last year of his contract. Ryan’s contract runs through 2013, but he’s a primary candidate for an extension.

Moore just plans to keep playing.

“Most of all, I want to keep growing as a player,” Moore said. “I feel like I know how good I can be if I keep working hard. At the same time, I can help the team.”

And he isn’t sure what to make of the Pro Bowl talk.

“I don’t know what answer to give to that, but I know how hard I work,” Moore said. “I know how hard I’m going to work to be a better player. I feel like I can get better.”

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Elvis is Alive

December 5th, 2012
6:07 am

Marcus

December 5th, 2012
6:14 am

keep.Moore.

Get a couple more pieces for depth and we could be a punishing defense for the time that Nolan stays before he becomes a HC candidate.

Elvis is Alive

December 5th, 2012
6:16 am

William Moore has been a beast in our secondary. Deserves an extension for his effort and his leadership.How much does he deserve? Leads in tackles. Has good stats and deserves a Pro Bowl invitation and vote (www.nfl.com)
One glaring point about his amount of tackles says to me that our linebackers are NOT getting the job done. Too many runners getting yardage into the secondary for a Championship team.
Nolen has done an excellent job..he deserves a raise!
Angry Birds 30 Carolina 21…Rise up..Angry Birds

NikkiFree

December 5th, 2012
6:23 am

I’ve been voting for all of my Falcons for the Pro Bowl. Hopefully, none of them will actually go due to preperation for the Superbowl. Rise Up!!!

Falcon James

December 5th, 2012
6:26 am

Got to agree with Elvis. If your Safety is your leading tackler, it means too many plays are reaching the 3rd Tier. If I remember correctly, Lofton was our leading tackler last year. Moore has been awesome picking off the passes though. He seemed a bit injury prone out the gate, but has stayed healthy this year. I think Ryan is lock on a contract extension. If I were Baker, I’d be putting my house up for sale now.

DC Dirty Bird

December 5th, 2012
6:34 am

Elvis,
In our ameoba defense, Moore serves as the third LB in the box. Part of the guise of the defense is not knowing where he is going to be as the play develops. Also, 19.1 points per game given up by the defense on a team that throws the ball as much as we do (read: we’re not the ball control team from 2010) doesn’t lie. Also, our run defense is more about the D-line than it is the LB’s. We aren’t that stout at the point of attack.

Jim

December 5th, 2012
7:30 am

Pay the man.

Adam

December 5th, 2012
7:34 am

Williemo Always Ready WAR! haha love him!

The Real FAlcon

December 5th, 2012
7:57 am

The DT’s are not taking up the OL which allows them to reach the second level too quickly. Nolan does not have the MLB playing a lot of snaps except due to injury. Also Dent is NOT Lofton and will never be. Gets pushed back too often.

Mike is Back

December 5th, 2012
8:22 am

Dled, good stuff…Moore has been coming on strong…I’d hate to see BRINKS playing for another team.lol

Getaway

December 5th, 2012
8:43 am

Moore only has 75 combined tackles, 59 solo, 16 assists. Nicholas is right behind him with 72 combined. Weatherspoon would have more I believe, if he hadn’t missed three games.

Lofton does have a lot of combined tackles, but only 65 solo….

Esquire

December 5th, 2012
9:02 am

Closest we’ve had to Scott Case in a long time.

The Real Esquire

December 5th, 2012
9:04 am

Creaky

December 5th, 2012
9:11 am

He exceeds all minimum requirements, He’s a keeper.

David

December 5th, 2012
9:12 am

WE will see if he plays for the love of football or the money when it’s contract time.

joja boi

December 5th, 2012
9:31 am

Elvis, You make a good point about the amount of tackles, but I offer an opposing view. Maybe the number of tackles he makes is also a bi-product of a winning team that forces other teams to pass more which for a ball hawking safety (like Moore) would probably lead to more tackles… especially against a team that chucks it around like NO. Willy Mo is definitely coming into his own (along with the other youngsters Spoon, Decoud, McClain, Bierman,and the rest of the defensive players)..

Keep it up Burds, and don’t change a thing when it comes to the play-offs! Who cares what the nay sayers are saying the only way to shut them up is by proving them wrong…Ask STB4, Hiraim, and all the rest…Silence is Golden!

JSolo

December 5th, 2012
9:34 am

I agree. I hope NONE of the Falcons make it to the Pro Bowl because we are prepping for a BIG win in NO. W.A.R. needs a new contract because we have arguably the best FS/SS tandem in the league!!!! Why break that up???
Falcons….Falcons RISE UP!!!!!

Starship 1

December 5th, 2012
9:39 am

I’m not into that pro-bowl egg basket. Superbowl is all I (they) are interested in. They may get rid of the pro bowl eventually.

Jst Askn

December 5th, 2012
9:54 am

Whose genius idea was it to schedule the Pro Bowl BEFORE the Super Bowl?!?

warfalcon

December 5th, 2012
9:59 am

Good statement William,just play ball and everything will work out.ONE GAME AT A TIME,LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sid

December 5th, 2012
10:03 am

The Real Esquire
December 5th, 2012
9:04 am

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You’re so bad dude.

Main Man

December 5th, 2012
10:07 am

FALCONS – PANTHERS PREVIEW IS UP.

The Dirty BIIIIRD Rock!

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Getaway

December 5th, 2012
10:12 am

Guys, Moore’s actual number of tackles (75) is not out of line for top tier safeties.

D Led’s number (105) is wrong.

http://www.nfl.com/player/williammoore/71405/profile

Esquire

December 5th, 2012
10:15 am

joja boi
December 5th, 2012
9:31 am

…Ask STB4, Hiraim, and all the rest…Silence is Golden!

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They’re here, just not posting except as others or names you don’t know them by. Hiram’s trailer has a 7 ft.x 5ft screen & projector, he mentioned it on N.O.L.A. I hope he enjoyed watching the MIGHTY FALCONS thrash his lowly p.ant Caints.

Getaway

December 5th, 2012
10:29 am

Look at it another way: No Falcon is in the top 50 in tackles, yet they have surrendered the 5th fewest points in the league. Talk about an underrated unit!

We hear all about the easy schedule, but ATL has played and beaten 4 of the top 8 scoring offenses in the league. With a game against NY coming up, they will have played 5 of the 8.

Esquire

December 5th, 2012
10:45 am

(Dec 9)
BAL @ WSH
SD @ PIT
NYJ @ JAX
TN @ IND
KC @ CLE DAL @ CIN
CHI @ MIN
PHI @ TB
ATL @ CAR
STL @ BUF NO @ NYG
AZ @ SEA
MIA @ SF DET @ GB HOU @ NE DEN @ OAK

Esquire

December 5th, 2012
10:47 am

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

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D man

December 5th, 2012
11:02 am

Falcons don’t need to think about the probowl because they will be playing the next week in the Superbowl.

Esquire

December 5th, 2012
11:19 am

Here’s a laugh, New Orleans is looking at naming their NBA team “The Pelicans”

What a “Dirty Bird”……………….!!!

single white dove

December 5th, 2012
11:22 am

Sam Baker sux, we need to get a pro bowl calibre player for his spot.

SirReal

December 5th, 2012
11:26 am

Willy Mo must stay. Baker can ride on out….I know there’s a better LT out there somewhere.

Esquire

December 5th, 2012
11:31 am

Power Rankings
1
11-1 TEXANS
Nothing transpired during Week 13 that suggested the Houston Texans are not the best team in pro football. Of particular note were the limited carries for Arian Foster (14), and the strong play of Matt Schaub. Many of Schaub’s throws were dinks, dunks and none-yard outs, but the key to his performance was the 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio. In fact, Houston had a plus-six turnover differential in Tennessee.
RANK
2
11-1 FALCONS
The Atlanta Falcons are No. 2 — same as last week — as they were the recipient of five giveaways (much like the top-seeded Texans). Atlanta gives teams no free passes. Mike Smith’s club had one turnover and only 25 penalty yards. If you want to beat the Falcons, you have to block, tackle and not make mistakes. Other than Matt Ryan’s five-pick mulligan versus the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta doesn’t do your team’s heavy lifting.
RANK
3
9-3 PATRIOTS 2
The New England Patriots move up to No. 3 by virtue of losses from the Ravens and 49ers. In other news, A Few Good Men was on AMC the other night, and it made me think about these Patriots. There’s an underrated scene where Lt. Weinberg lays it out for Demi Moore’s character after she screws up in objecting too many times over an expert witness: “Don’t worry about the doctor. This trial starts Monday.” Well don’t worry about the Dolphins game — particularly the fact that the Pats didn’t dominate — New England’s season starts Monday … versus Houston. And then the following Sunday, versus San Francisco. That little two-week home stand will say a lot about this football team.
RANK
4
9-3 BRONCOS 2
The Denver Broncos are fourth and climbing. They just handled Tampa in a game many thought would be more competitive. But before Broncos fans start hollerin’ and fiddle-farting with their computer because they’re not happy about their team’s spot in the Power Rankings, take a look above. The Broncos lost to all three of those clubs.
RANK
5
8-3-1 49ERS 2
The San Francisco 49ers sit at fifth, a potentially generous ranking considering they’ve lost to lesser teams in the Rams and Vikings. Amazing that Jim Harbaugh’s group has essentially played two and a half games versus the Rams this season — not to mention the fact that St. Louis is clearly an inferior team yet nearly swept the Niners. Part of the Rams’ success against San Francisco involves what the latter simply can’t do: Make stupid turnovers of the Kaepernick-Ginn variety. Weird play call there, and the biggest turn of the events in St. Louis on Sunday. San Francisco is built to run the football, play suffocating defense and win 20-10. Giving the ball away inside your own red zone doesn’t fit into that equation.
RANK
6
9-3 RAVENS 2
Bad loss for the Baltimore Ravens, and some serious thought went into dropping them further. The Ravens lost at home to Charlie Batch with a chance to almost sew up the division. Given how easy a remaining schedule the Broncos have, the Ravens must beat Denver in Baltimore in Week 15, or any hope for a playoff bye is gone.
RANK
7
8-4 PACKERS 2
The Green Bay Packers are seventh, moving up slightly due to the Bears’ home loss to Seattle. Kudos to Mike McCarthy for running the football 36 times for 152 yards. That lent a big assist to a passing attack devoid of Jordy Nelson and leaning on the services of Greg Jennings, who just returned from a groin injury. It was a pleasant surprise that the Packers suddenly developed a ground game — not as amazeballs that Adrian Peterson is probably still running wild at Lambeau.
RANK
8
8-4 BEARS 1
The Chicago Bears fall where many of the backseat power rankers wanted them to be all along: at the back end of the top 10. The Bears’ offensive line is still bad, running game still inconsistent, but at least the defense made up for it by missing three tackles on Golden Tate’s go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter. #brutal
RANK
9
7-5 BENGALS 1
The Cincinnati Bengals creeped into the top 10 last week, but they aren’t able to climb any higher than ninth. They’re just not quite there yet. The Bengals fumbled three times (losing one), Andy Dalton threw a bad pick and the team suffered through eight penalties. At 7-5, and trailing in the wild-card race, Cincy can’t do that against the good teams. Next up: Dallas at Paul Brown Stadium. Fun game.
RANK
10
7-5 SEAHAWKS 1
The Seattle Seahawks nip at Cincinnati’s heels in the rankings this week. Drive of the week: Seattle’s 13-play, 97-yard drive to take the lead in the waning moments at Soldier Field on Sunday. Then Russell Wilson led them on a 12-play, 80-yard march to win the game on the overtime’s opening possession. Alas, the Seahawks only move up one spot with the suspensions to Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner hanging over the organization’s head.

Esquire

December 5th, 2012
11:40 am

These are our free agents next year:

PLAYER POS STATUS
Tony Gonzalez TE UFA Atlanta TBD –
Brent Grimes CB UFA Atlanta TBD –
Will Svitek T UFA Atlanta TBD –
PLAYER POS STATUS 2012-2013 TEAM
Sam Baker T UFA Atlanta TBD –
Chase Coffman TE UFA Atlanta TBD –
Mike Cox FB UFA Atlanta TBD –
Drew Davis WR UFA Atlanta TBD –
Dominique Franks CB UFA Atlanta TBD –
Chris Hope S UFA Atlanta TBD –
Robert McClain CB RFA Atlanta TBD –
Todd McClure C UFA Atlanta TBD –
Luke McCown QB UFA Atlanta TBD –
William Moore S UFA Atlanta TBD –
Christopher Owens CB UFA Atlanta TBD –
Michael Palmer TE RFA Atlanta TBD –
Mike Peterson LB UFA Atlanta TBD –
Lousaka Polite RB UFA Atlanta TBD –
Lawrence Sidbury DE UFA Atlanta TBD –
Antone Smith RB RFA Atlanta TBD –
Tim Toone WR UFA Atlanta TBD –
Vance Walker DT RFA Atlanta TBD

Esquire

December 5th, 2012
11:47 am

single white dove
December 5th, 2012
11:22 am

Sam Baker sux, we need to get a pro bowl calibre player for his spot.

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Actually Sam is probably having his best year ever.

TheAintsDefenseSuk

December 5th, 2012
11:52 am

I was hoping to go troll hunting today……..where are all the Aints loving trolls?

TheAintsDefenseSuk

December 5th, 2012
11:53 am

I guess I go over to N.O.L.A……..I feel like eating troll stew!!!

dean

December 5th, 2012
11:56 am

Wasn’t it Moore that laid it on the aints RB that fell down on a swing pass to the left side? When the RB started to try and get up he got blasted! Whether it was Moore or not that hit told the aints “We’re here to play tonight boys.” It was great. I hate it when a DB pats a runner on the head. If it’s a legal shot, lay it on ‘em!

What was even better was watching the game at a sports bar in aints territory. I have to hand it to them, though. They were very civil. I wasn’t dogging the aints. I was cheering the Falcons. Big difference.

Tron5000

December 5th, 2012
12:00 pm

Moore doesn’t just make tackles in the secondary; he comes up and plays the run, even makes tackles in the backfield. The Stephen Nicholas INT in Week 2 came because of a safety blitz by Moore. Even when he doesn’t make the tackle, he’s around the ball. Dude is a baller, and should be re-upped at any cost. He’s going to be great for several years.

Mario

December 5th, 2012
12:22 pm

We have to keep Moore. I say we find another left tackle in the draft. Not saying Baker has been bad this year, he’s actually done well, but I think we can find better. A rock solid LT that can be a staple of the O-line. I also wouldn’t mind getting another RT. Clabo gets beat a lot whether we see it or not. D.J. Fluker {RT, Alabama] should be in the draft this year. Give him a look.

Michael M.

December 5th, 2012
1:05 pm

I should get a contract for posting…………….ha ha………………Atlanta 35 – Pansies – 12

Michael M.

December 5th, 2012
1:07 pm

oh ……………………….See ya next year drew sleeze…………………….and the aints that caint….lmao

Cutter

December 5th, 2012
1:27 pm

The question I have is has Sam Baker played well enough to deserve a long term contract? I just don’t think he’s worth it. If he is willing to sign for the low low then maybe but I still structure the deal so we can get out of it in a year or two and I still draft his replacement very early in the draft. Not sure what Lamar Holmes is gonna turn out to be. Some former players claim he looks like a RT at best. I wonder what he could do at RG and move Konz back home to center. Then you just sign a dominant free agent LT or draft one very early and this line could be set for years to come. McClain will definitely get a contract. Sidbury can’t get on the field even with Edwards gone so he probably wont be back. Don’t know that Grimes will be back either with the emergence of McClain but time will tell. If Owens is finally ready then Grimes might not even get an offer. Franks is gone. This needs to be McClure’s last year. I would beg Gonzalez to come back if I’m Dimitroff. The way Mike Peterson has looked I would actually bring this man back for another season but I would draft a linebacker for him to groom as the future backup. Vance Walker ain’t going nowhere, Palmer either. Drew Davis is signed for 3 yrs. I would bring Svitek back definitely and cut either Johnson or Reynolds. I wonder what the cap is gonna increase to? Some have said increase TV revenues will greatly impact the salary cap. increase.

Blue

December 5th, 2012
1:36 pm

He reminds me of Ronnie Lott when he hits people. He definitely makes people think about whether they want to come in his direction.

Blue

December 5th, 2012
1:40 pm

David; so you are saying that because he loves playing the game, he should turn down the big contract when it comes? Just like you would? Dolt…loving the game AND getting a big contract are not mutually exclusive.

Hot err

December 5th, 2012
2:17 pm

WILLY MO ALWAYS READY.

Resign the man now.

Mora less Petrino

December 5th, 2012
2:55 pm

If winning close games is going to be the Falcons M.O, they need to keep MOore.

Big Donnie

December 5th, 2012
3:08 pm

Willy Mo is the man back there! Sign him please — Thank you Thomas.

Mr. Mike

December 5th, 2012
3:13 pm

Pay that man immediately!

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