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Players, fans react to Bills' firings

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It's not just fans reacting to the news out of One Bills Drive Monday as several former players are now weighing in on the team's former head coach, too. YNN's Meg Rossman has more on their reactions and who they say should take over the team's top spot.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — "I'm happy. I mean, we can only keep losing year after year after year,” Bills fan Shem Kobialka said Monday.

Fan J.T. Ripper said the team was kicking off 2013 on the right foot.

“We need a whole new clean slate,” he said.

But Bills fans weren't holding anything back about former head coach Chan Gailey's performance Monday morning and neither were some former players.

"If you don't win in this league and you have three years to do it, then you expect guys to get fired,” former Bills offensive lineman Joe DeLamielleure said. “They haven't been to the playoffs in 13 years, that's embarrassing."

Former wide receiver Andre Reed took to Twitter following the announcement to find out how to make that happen, asking followers for their suggestions on new prospects for the top spot. Reed told us over the phone he received more than 400 responses to that tweet within a matter of minutes and that he'd support a move by former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid to the Ralph and it seems more than just a few fans agree.

"I think Andy Reed would be the number one candidate out there that they're going to go after," Ripper said.

Other suggestions included former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, while DeLamilleure suggested former Bill Jim Haslett.

Whether the staffing change will affect the team's performance in 2013 though remains to be seen.

"We passed up on three seasons of great quarterback prospects for what, Chan Gailey's personal project," Kobialka said.

Though it will be months before we know if Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will face the same fate as Gailey, DeLamilleure said there's only one recipe for success.

"Hire some guys who really care about the city and I think everything else will fall into place,” he said.

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