Jets cornerback Josh Thomas’ playbook was stolen. Let the accusations begin. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NY Post – It would not be Patriots week if there was not some espionage. Backup Jets cornerback Josh Thomas tweeted Monday his playbook was stolen along with his passport. He asked for the items to be returned.The playbook was on a team-issued tablet. The Jets confirmed the playbook was missing, but they deleted everything from the tablet on Sunday night when Thomas notified them of the theft.
And so it begins.
Kickoff for the the final Patriots-Jets game of the Rex Ryan era (error) is still five days away, and already the “Patriots are the cheating-est cheaters that ever cheated” innuendos are flying. Usually the New York media waits until the Jets actually lose before starting this stuff, but I guess this time around they want to get started early to avoid the holiday rush.
This sounds vaguely familiar to me somehow. Let’s see — stolen playbook … stolen playbook … where have we heard this before? Oh, right. Last June in Monday Morning Quarterback. Former Jets defensive coordinator (now head coach in Cleveland) Mike Pettine said the Patriots were always up to these sorts of monkeyshines. “We know in places like New England, it’s only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook,” were his exact words.
He then went onto say that Rex was always handing copies of them out — like he was a crazy street person at Downtown Crossing handing out religious pamphlets. “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,’’ Pettine said in the MMQB story.
Well I’m convinced. Sure am. There’s no other way the Pats could beat the Jets without there being shenanigans involved. Eric Mangini made it so Belichick can’t point a camera at the sidelines except from the NFL approved designated camera-pointing area, sowhat recourse do they have but to get their hands on Josh Thomas’ playbook? How else can they possible derail that Jets freight train but to steal the plans to their 3-11 juggernaut?
Look, I get that the Jets aren’t accusing anyone. And the NY Post is just being snarky here. But honestly, I wish the Pats did get their hands on the Jets’ playbook. I think they’d get more laughs out of it than pictures of Gronk with kittens. At the very least, they could pass around the plays that have produced the 30th ranked offense and the 24th ranked defense and use it as a teaching tool of what not to do.