Stefon Diggs expresses frustration the day after Bills’ season ended

Stefon Diggs expresses frustration the day after Bills’ season ended

ORCHARD PARK, NY — Stefon Diggs’ frustrations with the result of the Bills’ divisional round playoff game were visible on the touchline and beyond on Sunday, and the star receiver shared some of his thoughts on Twitter on Monday night.

“Do you want me to agree to losing? Nah,” Diggs tweeted. “Do you want me to be okay with our level of play if it’s not up to standard? No.”

In a third tweet, Diggs added, “It’s easy to criticize my reaction more than the outcome.”

Diggs was shown with arms outstretched on the telecast of Buffalo’s 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals midway through the fourth quarter and appeared to be saying things toward quarterback Josh Allen as the Bills were limited to a season-low in points.

After the game, Diggs initially walked out of the stadium with his belongings before some coaches had a chance to get into the dressing room, but practice team running back Duke Johnson stopped and spoke to him and Diggs briefly went back into the dressing room .

“Just knowing that [Diggs] 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 to affect him long-term, so I thought it would be best if he was just a part of what was going on in the dressing room at the time.”

Diggs was present for Sean McDermott’s comments to the team, according to the Buffalo coach, but he left soon after, in addition to several other Bills players who quickly departed.

Diggs was unavailable during Monday’s dressing room cleaning. McDermott said he spoke to Diggs the day after the game, but the coach kept the details to himself.

“Stef, as we all know, is a highly competitive individual and that’s one of the reasons we all love him,” McDermott said. “And he’s frustrated, like all of us. He was there today and he and I spoke and I’ll leave it at that.”

Johnson said he thinks Diggs deserves more credit for deciding to return to the dressing room on Sunday.

“Diggs didn’t have to listen to me. Diggs didn’t have to, he didn’t have to go back in, but he chose to because in that moment he also knew he was just upset,” Johnson said. “So, I think there’s a lot of credit for him too, just because he didn’t have to. He could have told me – do you feel me? So, at the end of the day again, he’s emotional, it was a big, big step for him and I appreciate him more than he knows[s] for actually listening and going back to the dressing room.”

Diggs was far from alone in his frustration at the end of an emotional season. The loss left many players searching for answers after failing to advance to the Super Bowl for a third straight year.

“I will ask [what is it going to take to get over the hump] Just like you asked that question,” said wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie. “I really don’t know, because everything – we’ve got the players, we’ve got the coaches, we’ve got everything we wanted. We win football games when we need to win them during the season and then we get to the playoffs, it’s just like it’s not there and I still don’t get it.

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