The Atlanta Falcons saw their defense getting turned in all different directions by quarterback Eli Manning in Week 2. Early on, Manning was threading the needle to multiple players, including a 67-yard touchdown to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
It looked, for a few series, that the old Falcons defense had returned. That is, until safety William Moore went on a tirade on the sidelines, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.
As McClure reports, Moore simply rolled down the sidelines chattering in his teammates' ears and making sure they heard him. The question is, what did he have to say?
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"I just said that we were way better than that," Moore told ESPN. "I said that we just needed to know our assignments. They shouldn't have been catching things like that. I said, 'I would put my DBs against any receiver, any day.' And they knew that. It was about the whole group, including me. We needed to get back in position to be on our stuff.
"I saw what had just happened and what was about to happen. New York was one of those teams that you don't want to get them going, and they were starting to get going again. They were getting chemistry going with Eli and the rest of the receivers. I told them, 'We need to be on our stuff. Once we know what we're doing, we can play faster and dominate anybody.' And the guys responded big. We stood up."
Stood up they did. The Falcons were down 20-10 and came back to win this one 24-20 thanks to not only an impressive offensive push in the fourth quarter, but some incredible defensive play. Moore helped to fuel that, and he seems to be taking on the role of a defensive leader for this team.