Marvin Lewis asks players to step up

Updated: November 1, 2012, 2:16 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis publicly challenged quarterback Andy Dalton and middle linebacker Rey Maualuga on Wednesday to become more forceful leaders on their 3-4 team.

The move was out of character for Lewis, who prefers to handle things quietly and internally. It underscored the Bengals' predicament approaching the season's midpoint -- it's time to start winning or else.

"We've wallowed around here in mediocrity," Lewis said. "Let's ...

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