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Alumni sound off on another year with no playoffs for the Bills

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You've heard from coaches and disappointed fans following Sunday's game, but now some of the Buffalo Bills own are sounding off on the team's more than decade long streak without a playoff appearance. YNN's Meg Rossman has more from several Bills alumni and what they say needs to happen before the Bills can make it back to the big game.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — "I was here during the good old championship years," former Bills tight end Charles Ferguson said.

As were many Buffalo Bills alumni, who spent Wednesday giving back to the community that has for so long supported them.

"This year, we are contributing around $65,000 to about 24 organizations."

Former Bills Cornerback Booker Edgerson said it’s become a tradition for the team’s alumni association.

"It's just something we've been doing over the past 20 something years, trying to do the right thing for the community,” he explained.

And it looks like for the 13th year in a row, Ferguson, Edgerson and former defensive back Jeff Nixon will watch their former team fail to clinch a spot in the playoffs.

"They could've won a lot of these games. Good teams find a way to do that,” Nixon said. “It's the little bitty things that seem to hurt the Bills at times where it's very critical."

Like Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams, losing the game 15 to 12 in the final seconds; prompting fans to call for a shake up, though not everyone agrees.

"I don't like to get into that,” Ferguson said. “I think the coaches are doing their best, they make mistakes like anyone else and hopefully they can come back."

Though Nixon believes a little change couldn’t hurt.

"It wouldn't hurt for us to start grooming another quarterback. At some point, you have to make a determination, is this the guy that can lead us to a Super Bowl? That's the ultimate goal."

One that's unlikely to happen this time around, given several injuries and tension among players and management.

"If you don't have anything good to say about anybody,” Nixon said. “Then you don't say it at all."

Still, despite the team's 5-8 record this season, these alums and lifelong Bills fans agree there's always next year.

"We can always say next year, and that's what it's about," Ferguson laughed.

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