Silvio disobeying Tony

I've always wondered why in this episode Silvio went directly against Tony's orders regarding the floor tile at the construction site. It does appear that Silvio disagreed with Tony's decision to put Chris as acting Capo of Paulie's crew, but why would that lead to direct insubordination?

Was Sil letting Tony know that he (Tony) could only go so far against his (Sil) and others wishes (Chris was probably not a popular choice over Patsi) before there was a revolt? Sil ends up having to provide a ludicrous explanation that Tony surely knows is false. Tony pardons him probably because he realizes there is some merit to Sil's feelings. Sil gets caught, but makes his point.

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