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Bills coach Mularkey wants to suspend WR Moulds



ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (Dec. 7, 2005) -- Buffalo Bills receiver Eric Moulds could be suspended by coach Mike Mularkey for undisclosed reasons.

Mularkey told Moulds of his plan to suspend him during a meeting Dec. 5, a person who has been directly informed of the discussion told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced plans to suspend Moulds. The person said Moulds, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was shocked and confused following the meeting with Mularkey.

The Buffalo News, citing an unidentified NFL source, disclosed Mularkey's intention Dec. 7. The final decision, however, will be up to team owner Ralph Wilson, the newspaper reported.

Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said he expected Mularkey to address Moulds' status during his weekly news conference later in the day.

Moulds and agent Harold Harrison could not be reached for comment. In his 10th season with Buffalo, Moulds is the team's senior player and second to Andre Reed in most of the Bills' career receiving categories.

The Bills (4-8), on the verge of missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season, play the New England Patriots next.

The dispute comes after Moulds carefully expressed his frustrations and questioned the team's play-calling after he was benched for most of the final three quarters of Buffalo's 24-23 loss at Miami.

It was a game in which Moulds failed to make a catch, ending his streak for receptions at a franchise-record 121 consecutive games. It was the fourth-longest streak in the league, a list led by Indianapolis' Marvin Harrison, who has a catch in 151 straight games.

After the game, Mularkey said Moulds had taken himself out of the game. The coach, on Dec. 5, would only say that he met with Moulds privately.

"That's internal and personal," Mularkey said. "Eric and I have had a good talk and we'll keep it at that."

Moulds didn't make himself available to reporters. After the game, in which the Bills squandered a 23-3 fourth-quarter lead, Moulds tried to stay composed about the loss and his lack of playing time.

"I don't really want to comment on it. I don't want it to be a situation like T.O.," Moulds said, referring to troubled Philadelphia Eagles receiver Terrell Owens, who was suspended for four games and will finish out the year on the team's inactive list.

Moulds did question the Bills play-calling in the second half, wondering why they didn't run the ball more to run down the clock. The game's momentum turned when Bills quarterback J.P. Losman threw an interception on a first-and-goal from the 3 late in the third quarter.

Moulds' production is down this season, although he still leads the team with 54 catches for 511 yards. He also has three touchdowns, second to Lee Evans' six.

Moulds is the franchise's second-leading receiver with 648 career catches for 8,791 yards. His best season was 2002, when he had a franchise record 100 catches for 1,292 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns. He also holds the single-season record with 1,368 yards receiving, set in 1998.
Personally, Moulds seems to speak for a lot of Bills fans who are also questioning why we did not run the ball more with a lead on Miami. For those who did not watch the game, the turning point was when we had a 20 point lead and it was 1st and goal on the 3 yard line and threw a pass that got intercepted. From there Miami scored 21 points and won by 1 point... with their backup QB. In addition, Mularkey should be the one getting suspended for bad playcalling as he handles those duties.


Supposedly Moulds was questioning the offensive playcalling by coach Mularkey. Mularkey took over the offensive playcalling from coordinator Tom Clements after some 5 or 6 weeks. Moulds was not playing in the second quarter nor the third of the Dolphins game.

I guess Moulds, the team's 10 year vet, has been a little vocal about it during the Dolphins game. The official word why he was asked not to show up for practice will not be given out.

The only official thing now is that Moulds will miss the New England game. :(
Yeah, even many fans and I lost a lot of faith in him.

It does not look like Mularkey will get fired anytime soon as the GM extended his contract to 5 painful seasons half way through the season. I do not get it.


I never known this team to enjoy shooting themselves in the foot so much. It should be interesting to see how they players are able to respond on the field against New England.