Things that make you go

Things that make you go hmmm…
(Thanks to eagle-eyed reader A.S.B.)

Len Pasquarelli, 1/09/2004:

As he was riding to the press conference at which he was announced as the Giants' new head coach, Coughlin noticed a newspaper story reporting that Lewis had been fired in Pittsburgh. He told a companion he had to get in touch with Lewis quickly, because he knew Lewis would be a hot commodity on the open market.

In four seasons as the Steelers coordinator, Lewis never had a unit rank lower than ninth statistically in overall defense, and that was this past season. Pittsburgh was seventh two times under Lewis, in 2000 and 2002, and rated No. 1 in 2001.

Ron Borges, 1/11/2004:

As Coughlin was riding to the press conference that would announce his hiring as Giants head coach, he saw in the newspaper that Lewis had been fired by the Steelers. He told a companion he had to get in touch with Lewis quickly because he believed he'd be a hot commodity. Coughlin hired him within days. Lewis served for four years as the Steelers' defensive coordinator and never had a defense ranked lower than ninth overall. They were first in 2001...

Yes, the Globe article does say:

Material from personal interviews, wire services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report.

But does Len Pasquarelli count as any of those? He’s an ESPN columnist, not a beat writer, wire service or team/ league source. Or did they both get it from a wire service? Any way you look at it, it just seems suspicious.