Stefon Diggs: It’s easy to criticize my reaction more than the result

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Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs was the last player to leave the field Sunday after the team’s loss. He was one of the last players out of the locker room, too.

His brother, Bills receiver Stefon Diggs, was the first player out of his team’s locker room earlier in the day.

Stefon Diggs has received criticism for his quick postgame departure. Running back Duke Johnson escorted Diggs back into the locker room for Sean McDermott’s address to the team before Diggs then left for good.

On Monday, McDermott chalked it up to Diggs’ competitiveness.

Diggs responded with three tweets.

Diggs’ first tweet read: “Want me to be okay with losing? Nah.” His second read: “Want me to be okay with our level of play when it’s not up to the standard? Nah.” His third read: “It’s easy to criticize my reaction more than the result.”

During the game, Diggs was caught by CBS cameras yelling at and waving his arms at quarterback Josh Allen on the sideline. Allen never looked up from his tablet.

Allen targeted Diggs 10 times, with Diggs catching four for 35 yards.

72 responses to “Stefon Diggs: It’s easy to criticize my reaction more than the result

  1. Can’t argue with Diggs, Allen played poorly and missed several throws. Meanwhile, Burrow didn’t…

  2. You always find out about a players and teams true character when things are going poorly, that’s the true test of who steps up and who folds.
    The Bills folded up like a cheap tent.

  3. He’ll still have the Minnesota Miracle, no matter what. Will he be known for anything else is another matter.

  4. Buffalo meet Stefon Diggs. He’s the same guy the Vikings employed remember? Looked like Allen has grown tired of his antics on the sideline. Can’t blame him. He’s a me first player. If he would’ve had 100yds and a TD he’d be happy even in a loss. He’s not the type of guy you want on the roster if you’re serious about competing for a Super Bowl.

  5. Allen stunk yesterday. You have no idea how much work these guys put in to see it all evaporate in three hours. Same people will say he doesn’t care if he was down chuckling it up wit opposing players afterward. It’s called intense competitiveness.

  6. The top four QB’s in the AFC represented the final four teams playing. That’s the way the NFL is. It’s a QB league. As long as the Bills have Josh Allen, they’ll go deep into the playoffs. However, Josh isn’t the only blue chip QB. There’s Burrow and Mahomes. There’s also Trevor Lawrence and Kenny Pickett who will be competing for the AFC title for years to come. Josh Allen will win his share. Tom Brady has won 7 super bowls. He’s played with plenty of receivers. I can’t really name that many. The WR position is the most plentiful position in football. It’s also irrelevant when it comes to winning and losing. When Brady gets out-played, his team loses. When Josh Allen gets out=played, his team also loses. Jim Kelly lost four super bowls. He got beat by some really good QB’s. But, Jim Kelly got his team to four consecutive super bowls. No shame in any of that.

  7. The Bills were outplayed. Given how easily the Bill manhandle my Pats, it just shows how far my Pats have fallen

  8. Josh Allen can’t be trusted in close games… inevitably, something usually goes wrong.

  9. I’m not a greedy Bills fan – I just want 1 championship and I’ll be happy forever. We need a change at head coach to get there.. McDermott changed the mindset and set the standard for the org – which needed to be done. When it comes to single elimination games he doesnt cut it. His game plans are passive while his opponents are attacking. His in game instincts during the playoffs are off – weird timeout timing, choices to kick, etc. Let’s see what he does this often season. I think they need a major shake up. They won’t and it will be the same result next year. I hope I’m wrong.

  10. I can simultaneously understand he is not ok with losing (I can’t imagine anyone on the team would be), understand he is not happy with their level of play (again, not sure anyone on the team would be) and all the while criticize him for his reaction after the game. I can hold more than one thought in my head at the same time! It’s pretty remarkable because it seems like a lot of people can’t.

  11. I’m a huge Allen fan, but he does not rise to the occasion in these moments. As a neutral observer, not rooting for either team, that game felt over after Cincinnati’s first drive. They manipulated the weather, they game-planned around the backup linemen and they were on a completely different level physically. Buffalo never figured out what hit them.

  12. I don’t mind him being upset, even leaving the locker room early. He’s competitive and it’s a very emotional time. But I do mind him trying to show up Allen both on the sideline and on the field. Standing right in front of him with his arms raised, yelling at him so everyone knows it’s Allen’s fault is a no go. Same thing with letting the world know that Allen didn’t throw the ball high enough for him

  13. Bleep. He’s a winner! There’s a hair’s difference among the top receivers: him, Jefferson, Chase, Miami guy

  14. I was pulling hard for the Bills yesterday. As a Viking fan, I will always love Diggs and I feel the Bills fans pain. But the loss of Von Miller hurt, it was surprising how they seemed so poorly prepared for the weather, and the Leslie Frazier blank stare was all too familiar. Rough year for them emotionally – bring it back next year

  15. Amazing, 1 game & already “fire McDermott”! Fan of another team here & can say for certain that there will be at least 1 dozen teams with him at the top of their wish list as their head coach if the Bills let him go. Of course, thankfully for all of our teams, GMs don’t make their decisions based off of social media.

  16. Forget the haters.
    Here in Buffalo, we know Stefon, and we know he expects everyone around him to give 100%.
    He is the glue, the guy who kicks some butt when his teammates need it, Josh included. .
    He is the best WR ever to wear a Bills Uniform, and we hold him with the highest respect.

  17. Bills homer for life 45 years old now. I’m pissed too. Buffalo has gotten OUTCOACHED in the playoffs the last three seasons. On top of being cheap during free agency, not being aggressive enough in the draft to move up for Breece Hall or Kenneth Walker, then doing NOTHING at the trade deadline. Buffalo has drafted terribly & depended on their picks….Gabe Davis, Singletary & Knox. Doug Pederson should’ve been signed. #FRANK REICH TO BUFFALO

  18. For some reason S. Diggs wants everyone else to believe that no one else is as competitive as he is. Come on now. Those other pros wouldnt be successful if they weren’t ultra competitive. But it is a team sport and he continues to forget that. Also the fact that no one wins all the time. Maybe, S. Diggs should’ve played golf competitively instead.

  19. No one’s saying you have to be ok with losing, Stefon. But that’s an entirely different matter than pouting and walking out on your teammates. You’ll be jettisoned to another team sooner than later, and the process will start all over again.

  20. charliecharger says:
    January 23, 2023 at 8:36 pm
    The top four QB’s in the AFC represented the final four teams playing. That’s the way the NFL is. It’s a QB league. As long as the Bills have Josh Allen, they’ll go deep into the playoffs. However, Josh isn’t the only blue chip QB. There’s Burrow and Mahomes. There’s also Trevor Lawrence and Kenny Pickett who will be competing for the AFC title for years to come. Josh Allen will win his share. Tom Brady has won 7 super bowls. He’s played with plenty of receivers. I can’t really name that many. The WR position is the most plentiful position in football. It’s also irrelevant when it comes to winning and losing. When Brady gets out-played, his team loses. When Josh Allen gets out=played, his team also loses. Jim Kelly lost four super bowls. He got beat by some really good QB’s. But, Jim Kelly got his team to four consecutive super bowls. No shame in any of that.
    ————————————————————-
    WR position is irrelevant when it comes to winning and losing? Does that mean all 4 teams still in the playoffs don’t have a stand out receiver? Jim Kelly got the Bills to 4 SBs? Yeah, never mind the 9 other pro bowlers/4 future HoFers. I’m sure you think that all the Texans need is a Joe Burrow 2.0 and they’ll be SB bound next season. Right?

  21. He’s kinda right. Go ahead and give me a thumbs down. Y’all can say “diva” all you want. His teammates disagree. See you next season 14.

  22. All just a side show. Fact is McDermott inexplicably didn’t have ’em ready. They looked like they didn’t want to be there…

  23. I’m sure no one on the team is ok with losing or ok with not playing up to standard, but Diggs acted like a loser and acted out of standard himself. Diva? Yes. Always had and always will.

  24. Apparently the honeymoon is over.

    But Diggs was one of the few players on the field for the Bills on Sunday that appeared to not be sleepwalking.

  25. I think it’s great if you want to give a little pep talk to your team-mate on the down-low during the game but this was something else. The animation, flailing arms on national TV. It was a selfish classless move.

  26. Don’t Diggs and Allen play video games together? That should have made all the difference for these BFFs…..

  27. The most successful teams are the ones that play like teams. What does this mean? How do we evaluate or measure that? This I do not know. There’s room for pioneering in this area. All our stats are individual player stats. One example is how well an offensive line GROUP BLOCKS. That’s how the 2003 Patriots with offense linemen like Russ Hochstein neutralized the Panther rush in SB 38.

  28. The Bills window won’t last forever. Belichick will eventually figure out how to build a team in the post-Brady era. He learned some tough lessons this year even as the Pats showed glimpses of something greater. Once he gets over that hump, it’s curtains for the rest of the AFC East

  29. Bills will be back and dradtic changes arent needed. Von Miller wouldve made a difference and he is coming back. The Bengals are the best team in the league and there is no shame in losing to them. But Mr Diggs, watch the film and youll see you were dominated most of the game and locked down completely. Apple and Taylor-Britt balled out and the numbers (35 yds) dont lie.

  30. Diggs is sounding more like Antonio Brown these days. Win with class, lose with class – it’s that simple.

  31. What a punk. Instead of saying he will be better, he keeps whining like a baby. Diva WR a lot of them in the league.

  32. Don’t look at me those guys are way worse. What is this, 4th grade? You acted like an idiot, just own it. It was the heat of the moment, just say that. In about three days nobody would care. It would be forgotten.

    Instead you blame others for your behavior. Now, you pissed off your QB and teammates. Not smart but not surprising. Diva doing diva things.

  33. springfield says:
    January 23, 2023 at 7:32 pm
    Can’t argue with Diggs, Allen played poorly and missed several throws. Meanwhile, Burrow didn’t

    terrellpryorstattooartist says:
    January 23, 2023 at 7:45 pm
    He was open a lot and Allen missed him a lot.
    ______________

    Allen’s alleged quality of play is not an excuse for Diggs’ actions. If it was, the entire Bills team would have immediately left the locker room. Did you see any other Bills players players cowardly slinking away after the game?

  34. realfootballfan says:
    January 23, 2023 at 8:35 pm
    Allen stunk yesterday. You have no idea how much work these guys put in to see it all evaporate in three hours. Same people will say he doesn’t care if he was down chuckling it up wit opposing players afterward. It’s called intense competitiveness.
    ——————————————————————————————–
    No it’s not called competitiveness it’s called being a self absorbed diva. The whole team works hard, not just Diggs. While Allen struggled in that game lets not forget he was a huge part of getting the Bills to that point. Don’t recall Allen showing up Diggs when he made a mistake or was struggling to get open in other games, so your weak attempt at justifying Diggs behavior rings hollow. The true test of character is how you handle adversity and Diggs failed miserably.

  35. Mr Kraft here… we will trade the Bills .. Bill Belichick for 3 First Round Picks. Interested Bills Fans ?

  36. This guy ghosts in every playoff loss. Bengals dominated both lines. Bills have a fundamental problem with how they are built. Weak lines and only one playmaker makes you a bad team. Josh Allen can hide this during the regular season, but it gets exposed in the playoffs.

  37. “The best way to show what a competitor you are is to whine and pout when you are losing.”

    ——————————————-Stefon Diggs

  38. Josh Allen took a HUGE step backwards this season. there is not denying that. He led the league in Redzone turnovers. That’s not what you expect from the pre-season MVP

    Maybe losing Daboll was actually a really big deal, he made a scrub like Jones look like a competent Game Manager

    Question is will Allen bounce back next year or has he peaked.

  39. So he thinks it would have been cool for the entire team to act childish like that or is it only acceptable if it’s only him doing it. Extremely childish mindset.

  40. McDermott = Tony Dungy without a ring, and Dungy can’t really take credit for that ring. Neither can game plan and they sure cannot adjust. That is why neither can win big games. They are good for an organization but not going to win when it counts…..A good OC would have made adjustments to exploit Diggs openness. Not all on Diggs not all on Allen. But if Allen wants to win with McDermott as HC he’s gonna have to do it himself. (Peyton Manning)

  41. Eli Apple clowns him on twitter and he is the bad guy? This is a grown man being too emotional on twitter and its funny.

  42. Let’s be honest though. Josh Allen would lay a stone cold Steve Austin mud stomping like beat down on Diggs if he had Diggs’ composure.

  43. I don’t mind him being upset, even leaving the locker room early. He’s competitive and it’s a very emotional time. But I do mind him trying to show up Allen both on the sideline and on the field. Standing right in front of him with his arms raised, yelling at him so everyone knows it’s Allen’s fault is a no go. Same thing with letting the world know that Allen didn’t throw the ball high enough for him

  44. I don’t understand how so much of this is being dumped on Josh Allen. He was under constant pressure as the O-Line stunk the place up, team only averaged 3.3 yds/carry when running the ball, where as the Bengals averaged 5.1 yards/carry. O-line and D-line got dominated all day long. Burrow completed 65% of his passes where Allen only 60% but if you take Diggs out of the equation Allens completion percentage goes up to 65%. Diggs was doubled a lot of the game and a lot of passes were forced into him where the other receivers were actually open and the passes were completed.

  45. How could Diggs complain when “Allen targeted Diggs 10 times, with Diggs catching four for 35 yards.” And while it is true that a few of Allen’s throws went awry. Truth be told, the Bengals were simply more aggressive and physical than the Bills. Instead of Buffalo acting like they enjoyed playing in the snow, flying around and everything. I saw Bills players tip toeing around like they were worried about slipping in the snow.

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