Ryan fuming over Pettine's playbook remarks

Ryan fuming over Pettine's playbook remarks
June 19, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Word of Browns head coach Mike Pettine's remarks involving the Jets defensive playbook and his story on Tom Brady bragging about having it has gotten back to Rex Ryan, and the current Jets head coach is fuming.

Pettine, who was the Jets defensive coordinator from 2009-2012 hinted in an interview with MMQB's Greg Bedard that New England may have obtained the Jets' defensive playbook at one time.

When talking about his defensive playbook with the Browns, Pettine said: “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.”

Ryan was not having any of that upon hearing the news.

"No. 1, I think it's disrespectful to New England to sit back and say that they did this," an irritated Ryan said."'Cause I can tell you, every single game that we've ever had with New England has been decided on the field. Nobody's had a competitive advantage. And that's a fact. So all that type of stuff, is ridiculous."

Even if Brady did have a game plan from the past, they're always changing anyways according to Ryan.

"Every single game's different. So when you go into my room ... you'll see every one of those playbacks," Ryan said. "And if you flip [through] them, they're a lot different each week. And it's always gameplan-specific. So, to me, it's ridiculous.

"But it sounds like everybody needs to talk to Pettine because apparently he's got all the information."

Bill Belichick feels the same way. Asked on Thursday about those remarks by Pettine, Belichick replied, "You've gotta talk to Mike Pettine. I don't know."

Ryan wanted to make it clear that the Patriots never had an advantage going into a game over them. The only advantage was that they were much better - over, and over again.

"That ticks me off, and then the insinuation that New England had an advantage," Ryan said. They never had an advantage when we played them. Ever. It's just that they've outperformed us. The times that they've beat us, they've outperformed us, and it's as simple as that."