Bills' GM Nix says 'no excuse' for 7-game skid

By John Wawrow

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Buffalo Bills defensive end Marcell Dareus rubs his face late in the fourth quarter after the New England Patriots scored 49 unanswered points to defeat the Bills 49-21 in an NFL football game and secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass.

Stephan Savoia, Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix would rather wait a week before providing a detailed assessment on what went wrong this season, and how he intends to fix it.

When it comes to sharing a general thought, Nix says there was "no excuse" for the team's seven-game skid.

After a surprising 5-2 start, the Bills (6-10) closed with a familiar thud by losing eight of nine to miss the playoffs for a 12th straight year.

If that's not enough cause for concern, leading receiver Stevie Johnson further clouded his future in Buffalo.

Eligible to become a free agent, Johnson was benched Sunday following his latest questionable touchdown celebration during a 49-21 loss at New England. Johnson did not make himself available to reporters Monday, when players cleaned out their lockers.

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