Okay, so it's the offseason and I'm bored. This is not some sort of earth-shattering news, and I'm not saying this because I want to thump my chest or brag about "insider sources" or anything like that. I don't work out at any gyms with Lions players, take showers with them or have connections at the Ritz Carleton hotel or the Westin or even Holiday Inn. But a few things that some may or may not find interesting that I might as well share that I've never actually told anyone .... - Certain family members of mine are very good friends with Wayne Fontes, going all the way back to his days of coaching football and basketball at Visitation High in Bay City, Michigan - Certain family members of mine are also still good friends with some of Wayne's other friends who worked for years in the Lions' front office, and before that with Wayne and Rich McCay dating back to their Buccaneers days. - Certain family members of mine are also very good friends with Tony Dungy, and I got a chance to talk with him personally last year when he was in Chicago for a charity event. - I used to get boatloads and boatloads of insider information, which have completely dried up since roughly around the time Matt Millen took over. - When my pre-Millen sources dried up, I struck up a friendship with Matt Millen's son, and the boatloads of information started back up very briefly. However, since I was sworn to secrecy at the time, I never shared any of that information. He knew that I posted on Lions message boards and was aware of my handles. So there was no way I could break that silence and still keep our online friendship. - Millen's son knew of Tech Lion and had spoke with him. He thought Tech was basically a jackass. - I still get tiny trickles of information indirectly through my ties to Dungy. Now here's where it gets interesting .... - I swore complete secrecy about any info I've received indirectly from Dungy. - Since he is no longer involved as much with the Lions' organization, I can share a little bit of that info. - One of those bits of info is that Dungy has visited the Redzone and has read some of the posts. - Dungy found the Redzone to be a very entertaining place to get fan reaction. Along with a few other message boards related to the Lions and Colts. - You might be wondering why the fuck Dungy gave a shit about the Lions and fan reaction on Lions message boards. Good question. And this is probably the worst-kept secret in the history of mankind, but I can tell everyone now on very good word that a lot of what we like to think of as the Millen and Mayhew years ... were really more like the Millen, Mayhew and Dungy years. As Dungy has been very, very involved with the Lions' dumpster fire years as a paid consultant. As anyone here can probably guess, and again this is the least climactic news ever reported, but he has been the guy making every coach hire since Marinelli. Yea, I know. Duh, Rusty. Like we couldn't figured that one out. He has also been involved in every draft, just about every other major front office hire, assistant front office hires, assistant coach hires, and almost everything related from the time he left the Colts until the death of William Clay Ford Senior. - Before Dungy was our "Ghost General Manager," Joe Gibbs held that role. - Dungy remains a huge Lions fan. - We have a new Ghost GM. I can't share his name because I promised it would not leave my lips. But it's really fucking interesting, and the story behind how he hooked up with the Lions' organization is pretty bizarre. - Although he moreless hand-selected Quinn as our General Manager and continues to whisper in his ear, they have been at odds numerous times. This is in stark contrast to the situation with Dungy. In other words, where Millen and Mayhew would basically just run and do whatever Dungy suggested, there is some healthy debate going on between our current Ghost GM and real GM. - One of the things they have disagreed on is the retention of Jim Caldwell as head coach. - The only thing I will share with you for now about the current Ghost GM is that he has ties to the Ravens' organization (and the Browns from when they used to be the Browns). However, if anyone wants to throw out any guesses, I'll PM you if you guess right.