The Raiders blew a three-point lead with 19 seconds left in one day where Agholor got five catches for 155 receiving laps. The result put the Dolphins one step closer to the playoffs (although they ultimately failed) and landed the Raiders another loss closer to a .500 season despite starting 6-3.
It did not fit well with Agholor, the former Philadelphia Eagles star and Super Bowl winner who signed a one-year deal with Las Vegas. The wide receiver stormed into the locker room after the loss and lit up his teammates, per Vic Tafur at The Athletic.
Agholor crushes teammates for “unacceptable” play
He shouted at them and according to Tafur’s report, head coach Jon Gruden did not seem to support the move.
Agholor, according to those in the room, said that his teammates were selfish and did not work hard enough, and that they had stopped against the dolphins as in the previous two losses. He said there was no liability in the locker room, and on winning teams, players play for each other and the coaches. The Raiders’ performance over the last six games was unacceptable, and for many people on the team, it just accepted.
Agholor told his teammates that they suck.
According to witnesses, he was then clear and silent. Gruden did not answer, nor did any of the players. (When Gruden contacted him on Thursday night about the speech, “I love Agholor.”)
Agholor, 27, will become a free agent in March. The previous draft of the first round had 48 receptions for a career-high 896 yards and eight touchdowns during his one season in Las Vegas. The Miami game was his most productive as he and Darren Waller combined for 267 of the team’s 418 yards offenses.
Raiders season with melting
The Raiders performed during the season again under Gruden. For the second season in a row, the team started well, but imploded. They have victories over the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs – both competing championship championship teams – and put together three in a row in November.
But then they lost five of their last seven, with two wins that were barely theirs to have. First, it was the New York Jets who blew what should have been their first victory by somehow allowing Derek Carr to complete a desperate Hail Mary attempt with five seconds left. And then the heroics against the Denver Broncos barely earned them a season-finale victory.
The rails were already starting to come loose in some ways. The NFL fined Gruden for not wearing a mask properly and then fined a group of Raiders for not wearing masks to a charity event.
In November the franchise was fined $ 500,000 and the loss of a sixth round in 2021 for “repeated violations” of the COVID-19 protocol. Gruden was also fined separately again.
There is plenty of lack of responsibility to go around.
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