The NFL is strange sometimes.
When Marvin Lewis left the Ravens for the head coaching position with Cincinnati, he started looking for his next Ray Lewis. Not necessarily a HoF caliber linebacker, but the kind of dominant game-changing linebacker he had in Ray Lewis.
So Marvin Lewis, in the search for the next Ray Lewis, drafts a guy named Rey Maualuga. Rey plays a few mediocre seasons, and finally starts to live up to his potential in his 5th season. Unfortunately, he goes down with an injury and gets replaced by Michael Boley, who also gets injured.
Enter Vincent Rey. Undrafted free agent in 2010 that has spent most of his career on special teams.
In one game he racked up 3 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 13 tackles, and an interception. Oh, and he played special teams still too, getting 2 more stops.
Why is that so special? Well, Lewis went looking for Ray and drafted Rey, who may have just lost his job to Rey. Weird, huh?
In looking at Ray Lewis' stats, he only had more than 3 sacks in a season 5 times in his career. And Vinnie Rey just got 3 in one game. The dude was everywhere.
Am I saying he's as good as Ray Lewis? Not at all. But that's a damn impressive performance for any linebacker. Especially when you consider that a lot of people around here weren't convinced he'd even make the team this year.
There are a couple guys on our injury list right now who might be sitting on the hot seat. Mr. Maualuga? Mr. Lamur? Mr. Rey just knocked on your door.
And he'd like to speak to you about taking some of those football playing responsibilities off your hands.