It is pretty simple to identify who the NYTimes' "anonymous" source.
There are only 8 members of the competition committee.
Co-Chair: Rich McKay (Atlanta Falcons)
Co-Chair: Jeff Fisher (Tennessee Titans)
- Matt Millen (Detroit Lions)
- Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals)
- John Mara (New York Giants)
- Ozzie Newsome (Baltimore Ravens)
- Bill Polian (Indianapolis Colts)
- Mark Richardson (Carolina Panthers)
Matt Millen isn't in a position to criticize anyone. He is also, despite his failings as a GM, too good of a guy to whine like this to the press without attaching his name to it.
Allen, the Atlanta President is now tied at the hip with the Pats through the Dimitroff hiring. Dmitroff has made clear on WEEI that the organizations are very tight.
The Richardson family has long been a friend of Kraft, and Charlie Weis and Jon Fox are very tight. Plus, Carolina is in no position to complain about anything after their '03 steroid scandal in the SB year.
John Mara is too classy a man to snipe at the Pats, particularly following his Sb victory and with a long history of mutual respect with BB.
Newsome cut his teeth in the NFL on BB's staff, and the organizations remain close.
That leaves Fisher, Polian and Lewis.
Fisher is the man who ordered the hit on Harrison, that took out his knee prior to the playoffs.
Lewis' shenanigans with criminal players are too numerous to mention. He was the one who "anonymously" sniped at AD in Borges' column last spring.
Polian is self-explanatory.
I have believed, since the story broke last September, that there was a cadre of Patriot enemies on the Competition committee, who were driving this issue with Goodell.
The sneering, visceral hatred revealed in Dungy's recent classless comments show where the hate is flowing from. He simply can't control himself. The hatred coming from the man is at odds with his image, and reveals the true face of that organization.
The Colts, Polian and Dungy have been driving this agenda from within the competition committee.
The love fest between Dungy and Fisher when the Colts threw their final game last season was evidence of an unusual complicity and mutual understanding between those 2 organizations, strange for division competitors.