At a press conference on Wednesday, Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis used an unexpected adjective to describe what team leaders need to do to motivate their teammates.
Lewis said Quarterback Andy Dalton and Middle Linebacker Rey Maualuga were nice guys but sometimes that's not enough.
According to Lewis, sometimes you've gotta be a bit of a d**k.
"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 and I think both guys are such good people that you've got to be a little bit of a d**k."
Lewis said the coaching staff talked to Dalton during the bye week and encouraged him to be more of a leader.
"Andy has a great deal of confidence, self confidence, internal confidence, confidence in the guys around him and at some point you step out of your skin and you go. And it's time to go."
Dalton responded after practice.
"He just wants some fire out there, making sure that we're perfect in practice and in everything that we're doing. I'm not to worried about what he said. He just expects a lot out of us."
The Bengals play the Denver Broncos on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium.