Thomas DeCoud was a controversial player during his time in Atlanta. He had his strengths, and he played good football in stretches. Are we meow better off in his absence? Probably. Even with the William Moore injury and the resulting lack of depth at safety, the Falcons had to move on.
But DeCoud gets to face his old team this weekend, and you'd better bet it's personal for him. Naturally he wants to show the Falcons they made a mistake. Beyond that, DeCoud knows the Falcons offense; he knows it so well Matt Ryan and company are going to mix things up a bit specifically to prepare for him.
"Thomas obviously is a very good player; he was with us for a long time, very productive, we won a lot of games with Thomas here," Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said. "And he knows our schemes. He practiced against us every day for a long time. We'll have to make some adjustments. We always do that in division to make sure we will break a few tendencies and do some things a little bit different."
This obviously goes the other way. Ryan knows DeCoud - he knows DeCoud's weaknesses and he knows what DeCoud does well. The same can be said of Roddy White, Julio Jones, etc. Everybody knows everybody!
I'll be honest, as much as don't mind DeCoud playing for anyone but the Falcons, I'd prefer if the reunion were civil. Remember when Keith Brooking acted like a little baby and made a fool of himself in his first game against the Falcons? Yeah, that wasn't cool. I simply wish DeCoud the best. That and I hope he tackles like
he did in Atlanta crap Sunday.