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Mike Pettine, Rex Ryan disagree over Pats use of Jets playbook

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Mike Pettine says he thinks the Patriots might have had the Jets playbook. (USATSI)
Mike Pettine says he thinks the Patriots might have had the Jets playbook. (USATSI)

While talking with theMMQB.com's Greg Bedard for this story on how he's going to try to turn around the Browns franchise, coach Mike Pettine described how thin his team's initial playbook would be.

“I don't put a lot of graduate-level information in it,” Pettine says. “We know in places like New England, it's only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook.”

And then Pettine told this tale:

Pettine told a story of how, at Wes Welker's wedding, Tom Brady bragged a little bit to Jets outside linebackers coach Mike Smith, who was Welker's college roommate, that the Patriots may or may not have had possession of a couple Jets defensive playbooks.

“It didn't shock me because Rex would give them out like candy anyway,” Pettine says. “He gave one out to [Alabama coach Nick] Saban and I was like, ‘Don't you know Saban and Bill [Belichick] are pretty good friends? I have a feeling it's going to end up in New England.'”

That led to a Twitter discussion between Bedard and Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman about how the Patriots nearly always do a good job of procuring the playbooks of other teams.Then, former player Matt Bowen weighed in with his thoughts.

But when reporters brought up the subject with Ryan on Thursday, he was clearly not pleased.

As for Saban's reaction ...

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