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According to new Browns coach Mike Pettine, the former Jets defensive coordinator, old 2011 copies of the Jets defensive playbook may be in the Patriots’ possession.
“The initial playbook itself is actually quite thin, and that’s by design,” Pettine told SI’s Greg Bedard. “I don’t put a lot of graduate-level information in it. We know in places like New England, it’s only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook.”
Pettine claims there was a story circulating that at Wes Welker’s 2012 wedding, Tom Brady laughed with Jets linebackers coach Mike Smith (Welker’s college roommate) that the Patriots “may or may not” have the Jets playbook.
“It didn’t shock me because Rex would give them out like candy anyway,” Pettine said. “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.'”
Is this Spygate, part 2? Fortunately, no, it is not. The first time around, there was evidence Bill Belichick was actually doing something against the rules to gain a competitive advantage. This time, there’s just nothing concrete to support the claims.
Belichick, of course, said a lot about the claims Thursday.
“[Go] talk to Mike Pettine. I don’t know,” Belichick said.