Moore, DeCoud Climbing List of Safety Tandems

Moore, DeCoud Climbing List of Safety Tandems

Jay Adams

Published September 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

The one-two punch of William Moore and Thomas DeCoud isn’t often spoken about in the conversation of best safety tandems in the league. Call it a product of youth.

But perhaps on the precipice of a coming-of-age for the two safeties, their addition to the conversation could be coming soon.

Coming off a game where each recorded an interception — back-to-back, in fact — against Broncos QB Peyton Manning, Moore and DeCoud showed on a national stage just how the two can contribute to the Falcons’ defense and secondary.

“Our pride is going to tell us that we want to be at the top of that list when you talk about safety tandems, but we know that there’s work that needs to be done,” DeCoud said Wednesday. “We’re both still young safeties. I’m only a year older than Will. There’s still a lot of learning for us to do, but I think that we’ve started off this season on a great foot forward and we can only build on that.”

For a game that had plenty of secondary questions, with the week of preparation beginning with news that Brent Grimes would be out for the season with an Achilles injury, Moore and DeCoud emphatically answered the doubts with a stellar performance against one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game.

Our friends at have Moore rated as the second best safety in the league, by their rating system, with DeCoud in the top 40. has Green Bay’s Charles Woodson and Jerron McMillan rated as the top safety tandem in the league. has Moore and DeCoud as the No. 15 safety tandem in the league through two weeks.

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