Bedard: Media misconstrued Pettine anecdote

The media tried to turn “Playbookgate” into a big story yesterday, but – according to the author of the article from which the story was developed (the excellent Greg A. Bedard) – it seems this was all much ado about nothing.

In an appearance on Comcast SportsNet New England’s Sports Tonight Bedard said:

“I’m upset about it because I think this is an example of problems that plague our industry [...] I wrote over three thousand words on Mike Pettine [and] this was just a funny anecdote in the story. It was Mike Pettine busting some chops. A story about Tom Brady busting the Jets’ chops. That’s all it was. It’s ridiculous, all of this [...] Any insinuation that Bill Belichick, that he gained some sort of edge, that they stole playbooks or anything like that. For anybody to take that out of my piece is flat out wrong [...] If I thought this was a story, would I have waited until the 22nd [paragraph]? It wasn’t in the headline, it wasn’t in the subdeck, it was barely highlighted in the story.”

In another article on the MMQB today, he took the time to expand on these thoughts, with some harsh words for those responsible for pushing the story:

If you cover the NFL and think that having another team’s playbook (outside of an individual weekly game plan, which no one said anything about) has any relevance, either you’re new on the beat, don’t know the sport you cover very well, or just grab any appearance of controversy for clicks without regard of the actual facts.

After practice yesterday, Rex Ryan reacted angrily to being asked about the controversy, which arose out of an article by the New York Post’s Brian Costello.

Time to move on to the next “scandal”…




29 comments
jdb4
jdb4

Greg Bedard:  "Check and mate."

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Bent, can you think of any plays Rex has run the past couple of years that are unique or at least very rare for other teams? I can only think of the Richardson/Harrison/Ellis goalline play, but that's probably more unique personnel than play design. :)   I wouldn't mind if they busted out a weird play once in a while, but I don't think they do so often.

tw22
tw22

The worst part about this is Francesa insinuating that the reason why the Jets offense is so awful because the Patriots had their defensive playbook in between rants about how "Indians" are offended buy the Redskin logo. I know this has next to nothing to do with theis thread but I had to get that off my chest. It bugged me so much I couldn't sleep. He said "indians" so many times I would have thought I was listening to Cleveland sports radio.

mikes
mikes

Don't think for one second that this journalist didn't know EXACTLY what he was doing. Most writers write to elicit a reaction and page views nowadays sadly. On the flip side...Pettine was poorly media trained and you don't open your fat mouth about certain things. He should have known a whole lot better the cause-and-effect of what would happen.

Bent
Bent moderator

Gary Myers ‏@garymyersNYDN  18s

My column: Why did Rex give out the Jets defensive playbook and risk it could wind up in New England?


My rebuttal: Because it doesn't matter.  And I wrote that rebuttal without needing to read your column.  Sorry, Gary.

williamg1
williamg1

The media sucks. Getting worse, too. Please say Steiny is gonna make a career of reporting on the Jets. Its our only hope to balance out the bullchit. 

Bent
Bent moderator

Hat tip to JayM for the links.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Disgruntled Jets Fan Oh, I always mention them in BGA where there's something unconventional.


Offensively I recall Robert Turner motioning out wide and running a go route and a trips right formation where the receivers all had their hands in the dirt for no apparent reason.


On defense, they do stuff like put Po'uha at middle linebacker but that kind of thing is becoming more commonplace around the league.  When Brodney Pool lined up at defensive tackle a few times that was an odd one.

Bent
Bent moderator

@mikes Like he says, if he wanted page views, why hide this "story" lower down and leave it out of the headline.


Bedard is a top-level writer and also a good analyst, he shouldn't be tarred with the same brush as the Jets beat.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jaym I actually remember seeing that at the time, although I had less of a clue what to do with it!

t__k
t__k

@Bent I was just going to bring up the Myers column.   How lost is he?  "Nothing to gain and no business handing out his beloved schemes."    Can't Rex do anything he wants with his own schemes?

idothis2
idothis2

I nominate Steiny to replace Cimini.

jaygo
jaygo

@Bent @mikes


If you read the article, you would agree with Bedard.  It is obvious the quote was taken out of context (as I posted yesterday when this hit).  I think Fat Costello of the NY Post first manufactured the "news."  

Bent
Bent moderator

@t__k @Bent Nothing to gain is a bit of a leap too.  Saban probably appreciated the gesture and will share his own intel.  Always good to have some respected friends in the coaching community.  Maybe Saban read it and made some suggestions that Rex was able to put into practice?

Bent
Bent moderator

@t__k @Bent "If you cover the NFL and think that having another team’s playbook (outside of an individual weekly game plan, which no one said anything about) has any relevance, either you’re new on the beat, don’t know the sport you cover very well, or just grab any appearance of controversy for clicks without regard of the actual facts."


Well, we know he's not "new on the beat", so...

Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1 @Bent We're hoping he gets an assignment we can link to without being way off topic.