“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.
Rex confirms he gave playbook to Saban when he visited Jets' facility for 4 or 5 days. Says its " ridiculous" to think it impacted games.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) June 19, 2014
Whoa RT @KMart_LI: Rex called it "ridiculous" multiple times...adds "everyone needs to talk to Mike Pettine cause he's got all the answers."— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) June 19, 2014
Rex on his relationship with Pettine: "It's in a bad spot right now.... He needs to be quiet." Laughing. #nyj— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) June 19, 2014
As for Saban's reaction ...
Alabama coach Nick Saban says he never gave copy of Jets playbook to Patriots and never would, per Alabama spokesman.— Kevin Armstrong (@KevinGArmstrong) June 19, 2014