e: Brady bragged Pats might have had Jets playbooks
- By Kevin Patra
- Around the League writer
- Published: June 19, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.
- Updated: June 19, 2014 at 12:05 p.m.
The lack of girth, Pettine told TheMMQB.com's Greg Bedard, is by design.
"I don't put a lot of graduate-level information in it," Pettine said. "We know in places like New England, it's only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook."
Teams guard playbooks as if the latter were the nuclear football. Players must return the playbooks before being cut and nowadays teams can remotely wipe a player's iPad to which one was digitally uploaded.
Still, Pettine told Bedard that at Wes Welker's wedding, Tom Brady bragged to former Jets outside linebackers coach Mike Smith (roommates with Welker at Texas Tech) about how the Patriots "may or may not have had possession" of a couple of Jets defensive playbooks.
"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.'"
Just to be sure key information doesn't up in Foxboro again, Pettine will keep most of the high-level courses out of the original playbooks.