Shots fired! Did Browns coach accuse Patriots of stealing playbooks?

Mike Pettine has some interesting things to say.

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Mike Pettine hasn’t been the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for very long, but he’s already making waves with his mouth.


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.’"

So, what does The Hoodie have to say about Pettine’s comments? One reporter asked the question:

So be it. What’s more, it doesn’t seem that Rex Ryan is too thrilled with his former defensive coordinator at the moment.

Pettine might want to be careful about burning bridges. The NFL is a small community and people remember.