Florham Park, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – New York Jets coach Rex Ryan refuted talks that the New England Patriots were successful against them because the latter’s coach Bill Belichick was able to get a Jets defensive playbook.
Former Jets assistant and Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine told MMQB.com that a copy may have reached Belichick through Alabama coach Nick Saban since Ryan gave it out “like candy.”
“He gave one out to Saban, and I was like, ‘Don’t you know Saban and Bill are pretty good friends? I have a feeling it’s going to end up in New England,’” Pettine told the website.
Saban was Belichick’s defensive coordinator with the Browns from 1991 to ’94.
Ryan said Pettine’s comment is disrespectful to the Patriots.
He insisted the Patriots never had an unfair advantage for any of their wins against them.
“I don’t understand what he’s trying to gain by it, but that’s up to Mike,” Ryan said of his defensive coordinator from 2009 to ’12.
Ryan said the playbook wouldn’t help much anyway since it changes every single game and that the way to prepare against an opponent is through film study.
The Patriots have beaten the Ryan-era Jets seven out of 11 games and kept them from winning the AFC East title.
Meanwhile, Saban said that the playbook Ryan gave him is still in his office at Alabama.