Mike Pettine's mentor Rex Ryan called Pettine's suggestion that the Patriots may have obtained copies of the Jets' playbook "disrespectful'' and "ridiculous.'' In an interview with Greg Bedard of themmqb.com, Pettine, the Jets' defensive coordinator under Ryan from 2009-12, suggested that the Patriots somehow ended up with copies of the Jets defensive playbook. Pettine also theorized that they may have gotten it from Belichick's close friend Nick Saban, the Browns defensive coordinator under Belichick from 1991-94 and currently Alabama's head coach. "One thing I know for a fact, No. 1, it's disrespectful to New England," Ryan said after minicamp Thursday, via Kimberly Martin of Newsday. Ryan, Pettine's mentor from their years together in Baltimore and New York, called the accusation "ridiculous" several times and then added, "Everyone needs to talk to Mike Pettine because he's got all the answers. ... I don't understand what he's trying to gain by it." He added "(Pettine) needs to learn to be quiet. Absolutely.'' He also said he was "ticked off'' by the accusation that the Patriots had an unfair advantage. Belichick seemed equally perturbed when asked after practice Thursday if the Patriots have ever possessed a Jets playbook.
Rex Ryan calls Mike Pettine's suggestion that Patriots had Jets playbook 'disrespectful' and 'ridiculous'
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jun 20