(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has gone on the offensive, openly challenging quarterback Andy Dalton and middle linebacker Rey Maualuga to start leading their 3-4 team.
Lewis singled out the two of them during a conference call with writers in Denver and a session with Cincinnati-area media on Wednesday. He said they're both quiet guys who need to develop more of an edge and become more of a leader. As Lewis put it, ''We've wallowed around here in mediocrity. Let's go.''
The Bengals have lost three in a row, putting their season in jeopardy at the midpoint. They play the Denver Broncos (4-3) on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
Dalton is in his second season in the NFL and agreed that it's part of the progression for him to lead now.