ORCHARD PARK, NY — Stefon Diggs’ frustrations with the outcome of the Bills’ divisional-round playoff game were visible Sunday on the bench and afterward, and on Monday night, the star receiver shared some of his thoughts. On twitter.
“Do you want me to agree to lose? No,” Diggs tweeted. “Do you want me to agree with our level of play when it’s not up to it? Nah.”
In a third tweet, Diggs added: “It’s easy to criticize my reaction more than the result.”
Do you want him to agree with our level of play when he is not up to it? not
—DIGGS (@stefondiggs) January 23, 2023
Diggs appeared on the television broadcast midway through the fourth quarter of Buffalo’s 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals with arms outstretched, apparently saying things in the direction of quarterback Josh Allen, as the Bills were limited to a low season in points.
After the game, Diggs initially made his way towards the stadium exit with his stuff before any coaches had a chance to get to the locker room, but practice squad running back Duke Johnson stopped and talked to him and Diggs briefly returned to the stadium. dressing room.
“Just knowing that [Diggs] he was in an emotional state, it’s not who he is, it’s not what he’s about,” Johnson said Monday. “He was just in an emotional state, so I don’t want to [an] emotional decision that would affect him in the long term, so I thought it was better that it was just part of what was happening in the locker room at the time.”
Diggs was on hand for Sean McDermott’s comments to the team, according to the Buffalo coach, but left soon after, plus many other Bills players left quickly.
Diggs was unavailable during the cleanout of the team’s locker room on Monday. McDermott said he spoke to Diggs the day after the game, but the coach kept the details between them.
“Stef is a highly competitive person, as we all know, and that’s part of the reason we all love him,” McDermott said. “And he’s frustrated, as we all are. He was there today, and he and I talked, and I’ll leave it at that.”
Johnson said he thinks Diggs deserves more credit for deciding to return to the locker room on Sunday.
“Diggs didn’t have to listen to me. Diggs didn’t have to, he didn’t have to go back there, but he chose to, because he also knew in that moment that he was upset,” Johnson said. “So, I think it’s also a big credit to him, just because, again, he didn’t have to do it. He could have told me to do it, you know what I mean? So, at the end of the day, again, it’s emotional, it was a big, big step for him, and I appreciate him more than he knows[s] for listening and going back to the locker room”.
Diggs was far from alone in his frustration after an emotional season ended. The loss left many players searching for answers after a third straight year of failing to advance to the Super Bowl.
“I will ask [what is it going to take to get over the hump] just like you asking that question,” wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie said. “I really don’t know, because everything: we’ve got the players, we’ve got the coaches, we’ve got everything we wanted. We’re winning football games when we need to win them during the season, and then we get to the playoffs, it’s like it’s not there, and I still don’t get it.”