2:46 p.m.: After Thursday’s practice, Rex Ryan confirmed that he gave a copy of the Jets playbook to Nick Saban during Mike Pettine’s tenure with the club (Cimini, June 19).
The playbook then reportedly made its way to the Patriots.
However, Ryan added that it’s “ridiculous” to think that the Patriots having the Jets’ playbook impacted any games.
Ryan went on to say that it “ticks” him off for people to insinuate that the Patriots may have had an unfair advantage, since that line of thinking discredits what Bill Belichick has accomplished.
As far as his relationship with Pettine, Ryan lightheartedly said that “it’s in a bad spot right now,” adding “he needs to be quiet.”
Mike Pettine, currently the head coach of the Browns, thinks that the Jets’ playbook may have ended up in the hands of the Patriots during Pettine’s time serving as the Jets’ DC between 2009 and 2012 (Sports Illustrated, June 19).
According to Pettine, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick may have gotten the playbook from Nick Saban:
“It didn’t shock me because Rex would give them out like candy anyway,” Pettine told SI. “He gave one out to Saban and I was like, ‘Don’t you know Saban and Bill are pretty good friends? I have a feeling it’s going to end up in New England.’”
Pettine went on to say that he prefers to not have a thick playbook, and that “in places like New England, it’s only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comI know this is the talk of the sporting world right now. For right or wrong, Ryan is the type of coach who doesn’t care who has a copy of his playbook and still thinks he could beat any opponent regardless of their knowledge of his scheme. The Jets slid down the slope in 2011 and 2012 in terms of talent, a trend which we could see reversing in 2013. The Jets had what many perceived as one of the weakest NFL rosters last year, but regardless the public perception the Jets stopped the Patriots five game winning streak with a 30-27 overtime win last October.
I fully understand that giving up a playbook doesn’t do anything but help an opponent who can use such a document as a Rosetta Stone in concert with a team’s game film, but with talent surging on defense it might not matter whether Bill Belichick has a Jets playbook in his stumpy little fingers.