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08 Dec 2005

Bills Suspend Moulds for Game Against Patriots

Eric Moulds has been officially suspended for Sunday's game after a week of speculation on his status. Allegedly, Moulds is suspended because of an argument Moulds had during last Sunday's game with receivers coach Tyke Tolbert. Moulds claims the disagreement began when Moulds came to the sidelines get his ankle looked at by the medical staff but Tolbert instead told Moulds to get back on the field. Moulds said no, and was benched for the rest of the game.

Posted by: Al Bogdan on 08 Dec 2005

21 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 10:32pm by jjwilson


by Trogdor (not verified) :: Thu, 12/08/2005 - 7:17pm

Too bad Moulds said it was just an Achilles injury. If he had said it was a concussion, and they benched him because he refused to go back out, he would totally win the PR battle on this one.

My spidey sense is telling me there's a lot more to this story, though. Bills fans, has there been trouble brewing this year, or did this come out of nowhere?

by ToxikFetus (not verified) :: Thu, 12/08/2005 - 7:29pm

Where's the NFLPA? If Moulds really refused to enter the game because of fear of injury, he has some grounds to fight the suspension. It's certainly a better case than the Owens debacle.

by GaryS (not verified) :: Thu, 12/08/2005 - 7:31pm

The entire situation in Buffalo is imploding. First, Sam Adams was in the doghouse. Then, Mike Williams was benched. Now Eric Moulds is suspended.

I am afraid its time to end the Tom Donohue Era. The two biggest decisions a GM makes is picking a coach and selecting a QB. He has blown both twice now.

He picked Greg Williams over both Marvin Lewis and John Fox. Now Mularkey appears to be losing his team.

He picked Rob Johnson (remember him?) over Doug Flutie, then decided to draft JP Losman and cut Bledsoe.

The veterans on the team are just plain fed up with losing. Obviously, Losman was not and is not ready for prime time. (I think he's a bust.) The OL is a mess (its never been any good since Donohue has been GM), Clement is about to leave via free agency and now Moulds looks like he is about to be shown the door.

The Bills will finish no better than 5-11 this year, making Donohue's 5 year record 30-50. The team was 10-6, 11-5 and 8-8 the three years prior.

The Steelers obviously knew what they were doing when they let him go. Time for Tom to go back to ESPN, where he can hide behind their subscribers' only wall.

by jack (not verified) :: Thu, 12/08/2005 - 8:17pm

This whole situation wouldn't be that big of a deal if Buffalo fans weren't stupid enough to believe that their team was going to be good this season, but now it's nothing but MULARKEY AND DONAHOE ARE KILLING THIS TEAM. I don't think any coach could win with an over the hill defense and a bad line trying to protect a young, developing QB.

by zip (not verified) :: Thu, 12/08/2005 - 9:06pm

I agree with #4.

Moulds had be a vocal supporter of Holcomb, which is another way of saying he thinks Losman sucks.

Probably doesn't help that Lee Evans is the only guy Losman can complete a pass to. Although I heard something of FO about Evans having a better DVOA than Moulds at like, everything, so maybe...

by ajn (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 12:04am

do y'all think the takeo spikes injury was a bigger deal that it's getting pub for now? i know they've had trouble on offense, but if takeo didn't get injured are they all that different from the bears this year?

by Another Craig B (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 12:51am

Takeo Spikes? Putting a cherry on top of a dog turd doesn't make it a hot fudge sundae.

by Coach Tuesday (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 12:57am

#3, try watching football some time. Losman is the real deal.

by Jerry P. (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 1:03am

"but if takeo didn’t get injured are they all that different from the bears this year?"

Ha ha ha. You're thinking of 2004. You know, that defensive unit that coupled with the equally awesome special teams repeatedly put the offense in spectacular field position so that everyone thought their offense was competent? And this led to apparently people thinking they'd be good this year. This years defense was exposed as being unable to stop the run before Takeo got hurt so it's not like the defense fell a part because he got hurt. It just made things that much worse.

By the way, Aaron predicted that Buffalo's linebacker corp would take a hit since I think they went two seasons without an injury which could not be maintained.

by Topas (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 4:14am

Hi. My name is Tom. I offically joined the 'Anonymous Bills Fans'. Condolence can be added to this thread.

On a side note. Losman is no bust. He just happens to have the second worst line in football.

by Francisco (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 4:37am

re: #9:

In a related story, I correctly predicted that this coin, which had come up heads the first two times, would come up tails.

by Soulless Merchant of Fear (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 11:57am

Mularkey's losing the team and he's resorted to the classic trick of bad leadership to try and get it back: The Fist of Iron. The Fist of Iron does indeed work under certain circumstances.

This ain't one of 'em.

Yeah, it's time to clean house in Orchard Park. Dammit.

I still can't believe Donahoe chose Johnson over Flutie. All I could think was "man, did you watch the games?" Doug wasn't the long-term answer, but dude could play. Rob? Not so much.

by Ryan Mc (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 12:49pm

I think losing Spikes may have been a big deal. I watched the game versus Atlanta in which he got injured and the Falcons running game noticeably picked up after he went out.

However, I do agree with others who've said the Bills were never really serious contenders this season. I think, overall, they have .500 talent on their roster at best.

by MJK (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 1:04pm

I'm glad FO linked to this story. I've been trying to figure out what's going on with it. I'm a New England Fan, and you'd think the leading reciever on a division rival getting suspended right before a game where New England can clinch the division if they win would be getting some coverage on the local sports news, but you'd be wrong. I turn on the local sports shows and all people want to talk about is the Red Sox trading Edgar Renteria.

Honestly, if the Sox were about to play the Yankees and right before the game Alex Rodriguez got suspended, and oh by the way, the Patriots traded Monty Beisel, which story would make the top headlines then? I hate how baseball obsessed Boston is.

OK, sorry, rant is now over.

by MJK (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 1:11pm

Except that the AFC East is in shambles this year. Had Buffalo made the trade with Arizona to get Shelton to improve their O-line, and if Spikes had stayed healthy, it might have been enough to win the East, or at least threaten. Buffalo is three games back, but take away the collapse against Miami and give them a win against NE earlier this year (and they played that game tough and could have maybe won if they'd been a little better), then they'd be looking at taking the division lead if they won this weekend. A little bit better would have been enough this season.

by GaryS (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 2:09pm

Perhaps you could enlighten me as to why one might think JP is "the real deal." All I see is a big strong armed kid who can run fast. He has absolutely no pocket awareness, and couldn't find the open receiver if he held up a big sign that said "Throw it to me!"
Yes, the OL is awful, but whose fault is that? It was average at best last year with Jennings at LT, and he left. Who did Donohue get to replace him? Mike Gandy, an 11 year vet who couldn't make it with a 4-12 Bears team. And who did the Bills sign as their big free agent acqusition at guard, Bennie Anderson, who is fat, old and no good. The only lineman Donohue has drafted in his five year stint is Mike Williams. How many Pro Bowls has he played in? Let's see, that would be none.

At some point the head man making the decisions needs to be held accountable. Five years is a long time in the NFL and Donohue has done absolutely nothing positive, except churn the roster. Remember, the Bills had a pretty good defense when he took over for John Butler. But they were all let go because Greg Williams wanted to play the 46. Problem was, none of the players on the roster had the skill set to play that defense, so they were all cut.

Now we are supposed to believe that cutting Sam Adams, Mike Williams and Eric Moulds will make the team better next year? Why, because JP will somehow discover how to play QB?

The Bills are a disaster of Matt Millen proportions. Unfortunately for Donohue, Ralph Wilson isn't as stupid as whichever Ford happens to be running the Lions.

by Glenn (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 2:28pm

If Eric Mouods was actually having a good year, the story might be getting more pub in Boston. Moulds aint no Rodriguez right now, especially with JP Loseman tossing the pigskin.

by Andrew (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 4:00pm

MJK #15:

Barring the fumble by Holcomb late in the game that allowed New England to score on a short field, Buffalo would have won. They spent ALL DAY running over the New England linebackers, AKA the Monty Beisel experiment, IN FOXBORO while New England looked totally ineffective against what should have been an inferior opponent until the ball bounced their way.

The AFC East was very winnable this year for both Buffalo and Miami if they had only made a few more plays in a couple of key games. At the end of the year, they are going to be seeing that and kicking themselves.

by prunemike (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2005 - 5:30pm

"I’m glad FO linked to this story. I’ve been trying to figure out what’s going on with it. I’m a New England Fan, and you’d think the leading receiver on a division rival getting suspended right before a game where New England can clinch the division if they win would be getting some coverage on the local sports news, but you’d be wrong. I turn on the local sports shows and all people want to talk about is the Red Sox trading Edgar Renteria."

This is another example of why terrestrial radio is dieing. I am on my second year with satellite radio and there is so much more coverage provided of the Patriots than with local terrestrial radio. I tune in to the local sports shows only when they do their weekly scheduled interviews with the team and the coach.

As to Eric Moulds and what is happening to the Bills. It saddens me to see what is happening in Buffalo. I feel that there is more to this story than what is being reported. The punishment is too excessive

by tdog (not verified) :: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 10:30pm

i personally think that jp losman is a bust he sucks worse than ryan leaf or todd maronovich. he is a bust buffalo just needs to cut him. i am gonna start calling him rob johnson jr. they both were california pretty boys.

by jjwilson (not verified) :: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 10:32pm

yeah they are probably fags too