Pettine, interviewed in a profile for Monday Morning Quarterback, was talking about how he prefers to keep his initial playbooks simple. Then, he said this:
The initial playbook itself is actually quite thin, and that's by design. "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."
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.'"
Wow. Everyone knows about Belichick and the Patriots' history when it comes to the Jets -- Spygate, anyone? -- but this takes it up another notch. It's one thing to tape signals, it's another to actually get copies of a playbook.
So, what does The Hoodie have to say about Pettine's comments? One reporter asked the question:
Have the Patriots ever had a copy of the Jets playbook? Belichick responds, "Go talk to Mike Pettine. I don’t know."