He's a couple years removed from the New York Jets, but that isn't going to stop Browns head coach Mike Pettine from getting under Bill Belichick's and the Patriots' skin.
In a lengthy piece by MMQB's Greg Bedard, Pettine had been discussing the Browns' coaching staff and what they've all done to master the new defensive scheme before teaching it to their players. Pettine wants to make sure his coaching staff knows the ins and outs - and bounces questions off one another - before that information is passed down.
And then came the shot at New England:
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, you son of a gun! You had to go there, didn't you . . .
But he did clear up what he meant by that, sort of. From Bedard:
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.’”
Who knows if Saban did end up giving Belichick the playbook. Either way, Belichick probably isn't thrilled at the comment.
But speaking of playbooks, has anybody seen Johnny Manziel's?