After struggling through a rookie year where he couldn’t stay on the field, the second round draft pick from 2009 is making a huge impact on the Falcons defense with 4 interceptions, great ball skills, and a good ability to thump the opponent. After taking over for Erik Coleman following his injury, Moore hasn’t looked back in dominating at the strong safety spot. He has been the bright spot in an otherwise pretty mediocre secondary to date. His interception on the 2 yard line with the Rams looking to draw closer on third down was one of the most heads up plays of the year. He is turning out to be every bit of the playmaker that fans thought of when Dimitroff drafted him two years ago.
Not sure what the deal is with the Falcons defense facing rookie QB’s, but they sure do allow them to get into rhythm and have a good day. Sam Bradford is having a great year to be sure, but the ease with which he was able to go down the field at times was frustrating to watch. The Falcons couldn’t get much of any pressure on Bradford and he picked the secondary apart at times. They did the same thing with Josh Freeman last year and nearly lost that game in the Georgia Dome because of it. To be fair, Bradford and Freeman are both very good quarterbacks who have done that to many teams and perhaps that’s all it is, but the Falcons will be facing the best quarterback they’ve faced this year in Aaron Rodgers. They did tighten up towards the end of the game, but they can’t allow Rodgers to have that same success and expect to win the game without getting in a shootout.
The Falcons are very sporadic in terms of their pressure. They rarely blitz and when they do, many times they don’t get there or make a difference on the play. There was a clear drop off today when John Abraham didn’t suit up. Chauncey Davis is a very solid backup and Kroy Biermann has potential, but the Falcons need to figure out ways to get pressure on the QB and the backfield without depending solely on John Abraham. Granted, the Falcons defensive scheme seems to be closer to the hated “bend-but-don’t-break” philosophy rather than the “all-out attack” philosophy, but the Falcons and particularly Defensive Coordinator Brian Van Gorder need to start getting more pressure with the speed they have on defense. The interior line appears to be getting better and better with Jonathan Babineaux, Corey Peters, Jamaal Anderson, and Peria Jerry, but they need more help from the outside.
Nice to see rookie OLB Sean Weatherspoon back on the field after missing the last number of games. It may take him a little time to get back up to game speed, but his return is coming at the perfect time…..Both OLB’s Mike Peterson and Stephen Nicholas had their issues in the pass game, but Peterson’s was worse when he got torched by a rookie tight end for a touchdown…..The Falcons still own the best record in the NFC and control their destiny, but the Saints and Bucs are right on their heels both at 7-3, even though the Falcons still hold the head-to-head tiebreaker against both teams…..Another special teams gaffe with the 33 punt return which set up a touchdown…..Justin Peele made his presence known with a nice touchdown catch and received a personal foul that wasn’t called when a Rams defender gave him a cheap shot 4 yards well into the end zone…..Dunta Robinson was burnt yet again for another touchdown, even though the ball was perfectly thrown by Bradford and the receiver made a good catch….Tony Gonzalez dropped another potential touchdown pass (which is very rare for him)….Hope Vance Walker is OK from his injury, who was having a very good game at DT before that…..What’s up with Lawrence Sidbury Jr. and Dominique Franks? Neither has seen the field after having pretty good training camps.
-Give your thoughts on the Falcons win over Rams
-Impressed with road victory or just a decent game?
-How good is William Moore?
-Has the offensive line turned the corner or just a couple good games?
-What’s the deal with the Falcons facing rookie QBs?
-Is the defensive line getting little pressure or is this incorrect?
-How nice was it to see the ball being spread?
-Do Mike Peterson and Stephen Nicholas have coverage issues?
-Special teams gaffe awful or just one error?
-Worried about Dunta Robinson?
-What’s the deal with media’s lack of respect?