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DeCoud keys aggressive Falcons defense

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It’s easy to zoom in only on quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons big-play offense when considering their 3-0 start.

But the Falcons are also getting it done on the other side of the ball, with a defense that’s creating more opportunities for Ryan.

Keyed by safeties William Moore and Thomas DeCoud, the Falcons lead the league with 11 takeaways, an impressive start for new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

“That’s one of the things William and I have taken to heart as safeties, especially in this new system,” DeCoud said, via Kirk Kenney of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “You’ve got to get the ball back, and we have a lot of opportunities to do that. It’s evident in our play right now.”

DeCoud had a fumble recovery and two picks in the Falcons’ 27-3 manhandling of the Chargers, following up nicely on his pick of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning last week.

The Falcons already have a two-game lead in the NFC South over the Buccaneers and the Panthers, and if the defense continues at the current rate, that’s only going to grow.

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6 Responses to “DeCoud keys aggressive Falcons defense”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 24, 2012 9:25 AM

    The Falcons used to be that typical soft team that would fold up like a cheap chair when the going got rough, like the Chargers.

    Not anymore.

  2. blacknole08 says: Sep 24, 2012 9:36 AM

    The Falcons are the best team in the NFL right now and Matt Ryan is playing like the MVP of the league. They have yet to trail in any game this season, the defense is playing well. These aren’t the same “soft” Falcons that got blown out in their last few playoff games.

    And this is coming from a Panthers fan.

  3. totallyuselessme says: Sep 24, 2012 9:41 AM

    The Falcons are playing on a level above everyone else in the league. You only had to tune into that game for a series (pretty much ANY series) to see it. Those guys aren’t playing the same game everyone else is.

    The Chargers looked like some high schoolers the way they were getting pushed around. It was a massacre.

  4. dgrowe213 says: Sep 24, 2012 2:37 PM

    i know it’s still early, but i think it’s safe to say that Mularkey and Van Gorder were the reason the Falcons have underachieved.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 24, 2012 3:11 PM

    We’ll see about all that December 16.

  6. misterplowthatnameagainismisterplow says: Sep 24, 2012 5:09 PM

    Falcons MVP= Mike Nolan. NO DOUBT.

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