Found November 26, 2012 on NESN.com:
With three straight losses in the rear view and more than half of the season still left to be decided, Marvin Lewis knew the Bengals’ season was at a turning point. At the time, the Bengals were just 3-4 and staring down a potential return to the AFC cellar, just one year after making a triumphant march into the playoffs. With so much riding on that next stretch of games, Lewis issued a challenge to the leaders of his football team. “We’re looking for our quarterback and our middle linebacker to take hold of our football team, and I think that’s important for us,” Lewis said to reporters. The challenge, if you weren’t already aware, was for Andy Dalton and Rey Maualuga to step up and be, well let’s call it “jerks.” The move was intended to inspire those leaders and ultimately spark their teammates. The move is apparently working, as there’s been a renaissance in Cincinnati in recent weeks. Both Dalton and Maualuga have become more vocal in the Bengals locker room, pushing their team...
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