TE puts Rams in tight spot
By Bill Coats
Of the Post-Dispatch
Sunday, Nov. 21 2004
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Safety Rich Coady slumped against a wall just outside the
locker room Sunday and tried to explain how the Rams yielded three touchdown
passes to a tight end who had averaged one per year in five previous NFL
"He made the plays and we didn't. I don't know what else to say," Coady said.
"Me personally, I didn't play well enough for us to win. And I'm sure a lot of
other guys feel like that."
Buffalo's Mark Campbell wouldn't exactly call it a premonition, but he had a
feeling he might be in for a busy afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"I told my wife, Michell, that I thought that there was a good chance I was
going to have a good day," Campbell said. And so he did.
His trio of scoring catches sparked the Bills to a 37-17 triumph. Campbell, a
6-foot-6, 255-pound University of Michigan product, has a career-high five TD
grabs this season, his second in Buffalo after being traded from Cleveland.
Campbell scored on 10- , 19- and 5-yard tosses from veteran quarterback Drew
Bledsoe, who had thrown for only nine TDs in nine games and was absorbing
"I can't say enough about Drew," Campbell said. "For as much heat as he's been
under, he made some great reads out there and made some perfectly thrown
On the first touchdown, safety Adam Archuleta had good position deep in the end
zone, but Campbell outfought him for the score, which cut the Rams' lead to
10-7 early in the second quarter.
"It doesn't matter how good the coverage is; it's the end result. He scored,"
Coady was beaten clearly on Campbell's two other scores. One put the Bills up
14-10; the other made it 24-17 just after halftime and ignited Buffalo's
"Good throws or not, we've got to find a way to get the ball out and make a
play," Coady said. "The game's usually decided by one or two big plays, and
they made the big plays and we didn't at all."
Wideout Eric Moulds is Buffalo's primary receiver; he had 52 catches for 662
yards coming into the contest. But this was Campbell's time.
"We thought they were going to throw to Moulds, which they did a little bit,"
linebacker Trev Faulk said. "But we really weren't anticipating them throwing
to the tight end as much as they did."
Actually, it wasn't all that much. Campbell had four catches for 37 yards,
boosting his season totals to 14 receptions for 172 yards. Moulds and running
back Willis McGahee caught three passes each. The damage that Campbell did with
his grabs just made it seem like he had more.
"You don't hear a lot about Campbell; he's very quiet about his business and
works hard," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "He takes his catches when he can
get them and obviously enjoyed it (Sunday). Those were not easy, gimme catches.
Those were very good throws and very good catches."
While trying to explain his success, Campbell managed to compliment Rams
defenders in the process.
"We knew that they were really fundamentally sound," he said. "We knew that
they were going to be exactly where they needed to be and there was going to be
good spacing in between them. So we felt like we could find ourselves somewhere
in those spaces."