Moulds could help

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

It has gotten to the point where Eric Moulds could be forgiven if in a moment of nostalgia, he pined for the days when Doug Flutie was his quarterback.

Anything for the Bills to get a win, starting today at Ralph Wilson Stadium against AFC East rival Miami Dolphins.

Anything for Moulds, once the go-to guy of the Buffalo offence, to become a key part of the offence again.

And anything to put his team back on the road to the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season.

It won't be Flutie, of course, but Moulds will have a new quarterback as the Bills (1-3) meet the Dolphins (2-1) this afternoon at Orchard Park.

Moulds was among the supporters of the move to sit first-year starter J.P. Losman and go with Kelly Holcomb.

LET CAT OUT OF BAG

When coach Mike Mularkey attempted to hide the decision this past week, it was Moulds who let the cat out of the bag.

The 10-year veteran was the first to acknowledge that the team had, temporarily at least, put the Losman experiment on hold.

"I've talked to a lot of veteran players and we want to win now," Moulds told the Buffalo News. "When you're a young player, you understand that you want to win. But at the same time, you've got a long time to try to win in this league.

"But for a veteran player, the window is closing for us and we're trying to win now."

Moulds' point, shared by veteran teammates, is that a season which began with such promise now is inching closer to crisis. But wins at home today against the division-leading Dolphins and to the struggling Jets next week could turn the season around in a hurry.

The team could look for worse places to start than tapping into Moulds. The former Pro Bowler has just 10 catches for 80 yards this season, totals he has surpassed in single games three times in his career. In fact, the Bills only have one passing touchdown thus far and that went to offensive tackle Jason Peters who lined up as an eligible receiver.

Overall, the team ranks 31st in both offence and in passing.

No matter who Mularkey starts today, the Bills know they will face a tough defence from the rejuvenated Dolphins. If Buffalo fans had pencilled in an easy win against the hated Fish based on last year's records, they sadly were mistaken.

Under first-year coach Nick Saban, the Dolphins are using a model the Bills had intended to implement.

While the defence keeps them in games, the offence hums along with the measured if unspectacular play of quarterback Gus Frerotte and the solid running of rookie Ronnie Brown.

Saban isn't letting his players get carried away with the quick start, however.

"So what?," Saban said of the Dolphins' early season turnaround. "We've got to play to win our games. None of that other stuff matters. It's clutter and poison and lethal in terms of attitude development."


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