"Most playbooks are very broad," Pettine said over the phone from Hawaii, where he's (attempting to go) on vacation. "We'll have 80 (defensive formations) in a playbook, 30 in a game plan. We'll add six or seven new ones for a given game."
Pettine stressed that he wasn't accusing Belichick of stealing those tomes.
"It's a credit that (the Patriots) have been able to get that information," Pettine said. "I didn't mean to imply it was gathered illegally. ... To me, it's a sign of a smart team. We're not actively pursuing playbooks, but when they fall in your laps, you'll study it."
ESPNNewYork's Rich Cimini pointed out Friday morning that anyone with a halfway-stable Wi-Fi hookup can download Gang Green's 2010 defensive playbook. Pettine's point -- echoing what Rex hammered home Thursday -- is that schemes evolve and broaden weekly based on the opponent and one's own personnel.
Pettine said he only shared the tale with Bedard to emphasize the importance of keeping playbooks vanilla and distant.
"It's only the skeleton," Pettine said. "Not the meat on the bones."