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Tom Moore: Johnny Manziel ‘will be good’

GREENSBORO -- Longtime NFL assistant coach Tom Moore, 75, knows a few things about developing quarterbacks.

While with the Indianapolis Colts, he helped to develop Peyton Manning. Moore is currently a consultant with the Arizona Cardinals. He coached at Georgia Tech in 1970-71.

He likes how the Falcons have brought along quarterback Matt Ryan after drafting him third overall in the 2008 draft.

“I think he’s an excellent quarterback,” Moore said before playing in Bruce Arians golf outing on Monday. “I think he’s had great success. He’s got in some situations last year with injuries and things like that, but that does not diminish how great of a quarterback he is, can be and will be.”

Moore is one of my favorite coaches. He’d always take my Michael Vick questions back in the day. (If I remember correctly, he though Vick was a mighty fine "running back.") So, we needed his take on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Moore doesn’t understand what all of the fuss is about.

“Of course, I’m not involved with him or their team,” Moore said. “We all know that he’s an outstanding football player and I’m sure the Cleveland Browns will do the right thing. Everything will be good. He’s a good person. The Browns are a great organization and everything will work out OK.”

Arians and his wife, Christine, through the Arians Family Foundation, hosted the second annual event to help children who’ve suffered from child abuse. Christine Arians worked as a family law attorney for years and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to help ensure that children who are involved in the court system, as a result of neglect and abuse by their families, receive help.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.