CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Nothing like a war of words to stir up a rivalry which has become dead, drab and boring.
Like every other team in the AFC North, the Bengals have owned the Browns winning 12 of the last 16 meetings since 2004.
Wednesday, Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga told CBSSports.com’s Paul Dehner Jr. and other reporters in Cincinnati that that he was less than impressed with Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson’s debut Sunday against Philadelphia.
“He can run you over and you can miss a tackle, at the same time, from what we’ve seen he didn’t do nothing spectacular,” Maualuga said to reporters. “From running screens, missing passes, trying to find a hole when he’s running the ball. He just didn’t do anything spectacular from what I’ve seen.
“I’m pretty sure he’s going to want to get after it once he plays us.”
Richardson, who ran for 39 yards on 19 carries against Philadelphia, responded to Maualuga’s comments Thursday afternoon in an interview with Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer.
“Most definitely,” Richardson said to Cabot. “When somebody wants to talk mess, I mean, hey, that’s them. I let my game speak for itself, so if they want to see how mad I am, or how upset they got me about the comment, you’ll see Sunday.”