Kevin C. Cox
Atlanta safety William Moore is having by far his best season, putting him in line for a nice contract when his current deal ends this offseason.
Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore picked a good time to have a breakout season. The Falcons' leading tackler is in the final year of his rookie contract, a four-year, $3.4 million deal. But Moore told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter he isn't worried about his future right now, but focused on being a great football player:
"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."
Moore was drafted in the second round out of Missouri in 2009 and had an up-and-down first three seasons, battling several injuries. But the talent has shone through this year, as his 105 tackles leads the team to go along with eight pass breakups, four interceptions and a sack. The safety could even get some Pro Bowl consideration along with fellow safety Thomas DeCoud, whom the Falcons re-signed last offseason.
Moore was huge in the Falcons' win over the New Orleans Saints last week, racking up 11 tackles and two interceptions of Drew Brees. He said he worked hard to be such a great fit in new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan's scheme:
"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 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."