The two most complex positions in football
By John Manasso
November 24, 2010
Other than quarterback, the two most complex positions on the football field might be center and safety, as those players have the obligation of making the right calls and getting their teammates into place.
On the Falcons' defense, those two safety positions rank among their most inexperienced players. Thomas DeCoud, drafted in 2008, won a starting position last year and has started every game this season, as well, but William Moore, drafted last year, only began starting in Week 2 when Erik Coleman went out with an injury. Moore has been so good that he won the starting job, which was part of the team's longterm plan any way.
Two of the last three weeks, DeCoud and Moore have made the key defensive play in Falcons' wins. DeCoud stopped the Buccaneers' LaGarrette Blount on a fourth-and-1 from the Falcons 2 late in a 27-21 win over Tampa Bay on Nov. 7 and last week Moore intercepted Sam Bradford's pass at the Falcons 1 late in the fourth quarter with the Rams trying to get within two points.