Thomas strikes first:
"You've got to remember, I'm coming in from Baltimore," says Thomas. "People there wanted the limelight, people sought out the limelight, starting with the head coach. It was a star-studded system. Here it's about as different as you can get. Everybody here shies away from being the star guy. Nobody on this team beats his chest. They just all go about their business. And win."
Lewis fires back:
"When you take a shot at men that you claim to love to go to war with, I call those cowards," Lewis said on his weekly radio show Monday. "If you got something to say privately, you don't have to go to a newspaper. If you got something to say to a man, speak it."
Lewis wondered what would make Thomas take those shots at a team that had to "fit him into our schemes."
"You don't become a Super Bowl champion in this business without having character and dignity for what you do for your teammates," Lewis said. "We won a Super Bowl without Adalius Thomas. The New England Patriots won three Super Bowls without Adalius Thomas."
Thomas lands another shot:
"The only problem I have is the coward comment. To call me a coward, you have my phone number. You can call me. I will call Ray, personally myself. I don't want to sit here and throw [things] back and forth, and make this a media frenzy as far as that goes. I'm bigger than that. I'm better than that. As far as calling me a coward I think that goes to something personal. I don't like it. I will address that with him personally myself. To attack my integrity, as far as that goes, and say you had to make a scheme up for me, I didn't know they made up outside linebacker for me. I really didn't know that. I know he was crying about a big guy in the middle so you can keep blockers off of you. I mean, I don't know if that's a scheme made for you or not. As far as that goes, if you want to criticize your head coach, talk about a coward. You can go upstrairs and talk to him like a man, just like you're talking about me."