It turns out before this image:
and before the decisive conversation between Marty Hurney and Jerry Richardson that was Hurney's undoing, Hurney was consulting with Ernie Accorsi already.
So what was Hurney trying to get out of that? It appears it's a matter of what went wrong, how to fix it. That's what the Richardson conversation was about. That's what Hurney couldn't answer. And now there's the suggestion that Accorsi was, potentially, trying to get Hurney that answer, not long before he himself became responsible for starting to answer it.