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AJC: William Moore Confirmed As Starting Falcons Safety

Sometimes it's nice to have what you already know made official.

William Moore, who has been an absolute beast thus far in 2010, has formally been announced as the starting strong safety for the Falcons. It's a well-deserved promotion for Moore, who has amassed 17 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble so far this season. It's a remarkable turnaround for a guy some were calling a bust after he missed almost all of 2009 with injuries.

It's unfortunate for Erik Coleman that he was knocked out of a starting job by injury, but them's the breaks. As the top backup at both spots now, he'll get plenty of chances to pinch hit for Moore and Thomas DeCoud, so don't think we've seen the last of him. It's also not a bad insurance policy, having a starting-caliber NFL safety riding the pine.

The important thing here is that the Falcons now are starting a potentially elite safety tandem that could be together for years to come. They'll need both to play well against the Philadelphia Eagles, whose offense just got a little more dangerous when they added Jerome Harrison and subtracted pathetic Mike Bell from their backfield. Thankfully, I think they're more than up to the task.

Congratulations, William Moore!