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Rey Maualuga changes tune on Trent Richardson

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In the days leading up to the Bengals-Browns game on Sunday, Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga said that he didn’t see “anything spectacular” from Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson.

Richardson said that he was using that as motivation heading into the first of this years battles for Ohio bragging rights. It seemed to do the trick. Richardson ran for 109 yards on 19 carries, added 36 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns in the Bengals’ 34-27 victory. Maualuga was asked about Richardson’s performance after the game and had nothing but good things to say about the Browns back.

“It was never to take a hit on him. He’s a great player,” Maualuga said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “That’s what they didn’t put on there, the good things I said about him. And so, you know, he came out. He made a statement. He had a good game.”

That he did. Whether it was because of added motivation or because the entire Browns offense looked better than they did in the season opener, Richardson flashed the ability that made him a high pick in April. Quarterback Brandon Weeden also rebounded well from his four interception outing against Philly. The result was promising for the Browns offense, even if their record is still 0-2.

As for Maualuga, he learned a lesson that most of us have learned from bosses, spouses and others over the years. If you don’t want people to focus on the negative, don’t say anything negative.

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13 Responses to “Rey Maualuga changes tune on Trent Richardson”
  1. cnote94 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:42 AM

    Was Rey actually watching film of himself when the statement was made? As a Bengals fan, it is overly generous to call Rey an average MLB

  2. joco45215 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:43 AM

    As many tackles as Rey missed yesterday he shouldn’t say anything bad about anyone……..I was excited when he fell to the Bengals…….wish he would have fell a little farther

  3. cornerback26 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:21 AM

    Rey Maualuga During The Week-“I Didn’t See Anything Spectacular”..But After Sunday’s Game-“He’s A Great Player”….So Which One Is It Rey???

  4. stephenolszewski says: Sep 17, 2012 10:27 AM

    As a Browns fan I was upset when we didn’t draft Rey and instead opted to take Kaluka Maiva well looks like they’re on the same level

  5. whodeytn says: Sep 17, 2012 10:34 AM

    Time for Burfict to get a start at MLB

  6. stoptrippn says: Sep 17, 2012 10:35 AM

    They screwed up sitting mays for a personal foul. He could of helped slow the run

  7. ballboy48 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:35 AM

    He looked pretty good yesterday, Rey, didn’t he? The Browns offense woke up yesterday, too bad Haden couldn’t keep his hands of the adderall. I think it’s a very different game with Haden in there.

  8. footballishere says: Sep 17, 2012 11:27 AM

    my oh my where did the bengals pass rush go this year , they made weeden look like a pro bowler sitting back there , and richardson run wild, look what phillys defense did to them and the ravens ,we need dunlap and pat sims back quickly .

  9. footballchic777 says: Sep 17, 2012 11:43 AM

    First of all, Browns players and fans….cudos….that was definitely the best you have looked yet this year. And T-Rich….great job! Bengals players, my goodness, pick it up! You helped make them look good! We had spurts of greatness on offense…..HAWKINS TD was GREAT, but our defense left ALOT to be desired. Zimmer had better start kicking some butts! We are better than what we have shown in the last 2 weeks…..PROVE IT!

  10. eezyxyz says: Sep 17, 2012 11:55 AM

    “cornerback26 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:21 AM

    Rey Maualuga During The Week-”I Didn’t See Anything Spectacular”..But After Sunday’s Game-”He’s A Great Player”….So Which One Is It Rey???”

    Yeah, I can’t blame you for your confusion. The comments that Rey made before the game were specifically about Richardson’s performance IN THE EAGLES GAME. When asked generally about Richardson Maualuga actually praised him strongly, but his comments specifically about what Richardson did in the Eagles game got distorted into some kind of general dismissal of Richardson by the media (including this site) Basically, the way the comments were reported were the very definition of out of context … he actually said some nice things about Richardson earlier in that interview before the ‘nothing spectacular’ comment.

  11. whodeyz says: Sep 17, 2012 12:32 PM

    When is maualuga going to show the Bengals Fans something? We haven’t seen much out of him since he was drafted either…

    unless you count getting blown up, missing tackles, horrible pass coverage and being in the wrong spot at the wrong time.

    On the “beautiful” Richardson TD, he was looking around like he had no idea where he was supposed to be…then missed the tackle.

  12. mazblast says: Sep 17, 2012 1:10 PM

    Don’t forget Maualuga’s off-field adventures, whodeyz.

    On-field mediocrity–check
    Off-field fun with the cops–check

    Yep, he’s a Bengal, all right.

  13. joshh967 says: Sep 17, 2012 1:51 PM

    Did anyone actually read Rey’s quote? The full quote he praised Richardson saying he knew that he was a down hill runner that can make people miss. The only part of the quote that people noticed was the second half that said basically he didn’t see that the first game Trent Played.

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