When asked how Maualuga interpreted Lewis’ comments, he said he took it as:
Show up in the huddle and be like, ‘Guys, let’s get things going’ and this and that. But I’m not going to (berate) any guy on my defense or tell him that you’re slacking, pull yourself together, things like that. I just make sure that everyone’s on the same page, that we can all practice with the same tempo and not get down on one person or two guys. I think everything will work itself out and we’ll get it going after this week.
Dalton also responded with these remarks:
He’s expecting a lot out of me and Rey and a lot of the leaders on this team. It wouldn’t have been said if we weren’t where we were. Maybe this is the fire that we need. I’m still going to play my game; I’m still going to get the ball out of my hands quick. It’s just knowing when you can hold onto it a little more, and there were times when I can have done that. It’s good to go back and watch those times to know to let things develop a little more.
Hopefully this gets the team fired up for Sunday’s critical showdown with the Denver Broncos. A loss would extend the Bengals losing streak to four, and as of now, only six teams in NFL history have gone to the Super Bowl after losing three or more consecutive games at some point in their season, and only one team lost four games in a row and made the Super Bowl.