Bill Belichick once got busted for illegally spying on the Jets. Now there’s a story that says the New England Patriots coach may have obtained a copy of the Jets’ playbook from Alabama coach Nick Saban, a close friend — and an acquaintance of Rex Ryan, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports.
The latest chapter of skullduggery between the two rivals was hatched by Browns coach Mike Pettine, the Jets defensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012. In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s themmqb.com, Pettine suggests that Belichick might have obtained the Jets’ playbook through Saban.
At Wes Welker’s wedding, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady bragged to Mike Smith, another former Jets assistant, that they may have a copy of the Jets’ playbook, according to Pettine. Smith and Welker were college roommates at Texas Tech; Smith is now a member of Pettine’s staff.
“It didn’t shock me because Rex would give them out like candy anyway,” Pettine told the website. “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.’”