I've often written over the years that, in times of tumult for any team, more voices than ever will start squawking about what's really wrong.
Well, the past week brought a ton of communications my way regarding the status of those running the Pirates. Some of it came from people I've known and trusted for years. In one case, it was from someone with whom I'd never communicated, but some of his information -- not all -- was corroborated by one of those I've known and trusted, so that's all that'll be used below.
Disclaimer: As always at our site, when anyone on our staff uses anonymous sources, we're required to name those sources to editor in chief Dale Lolley. He'll approve or reject based on his judgment alone. And that goes for me, too.