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So how did Maualuga take to Lewis' message?
“That's not who I am, but at the same time, it's nut-cutting time and it's time for us to step up," Maualuga said.
The fourth-year player leads the Bengals in tackles with 71, but he has often been out of position and has been slow in coverage.
Lewis has publicly defended Maualuga’s play, the most recent case was last week, but the fact that he also singled out the fourth-year player is an indication that those days might be over.
Said Maualuga about Lewis comments of him wanting to be more of a leader and having an edge as a leader, Maualuga interpreted them 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.”