Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/22/13

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 5: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots yells during the game against the San Francisco 49ers on October 5, 2008 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

This may have been expected coming from the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick. But the Jets? The Jets have handed out laminated cards to their players, with each side full of handy phrases for when players need to chit-chat with reporters. The purpose of the “media bridge” cards is obscure — do the Jets really think players need help with basic introductory or transition phrases, or are they trying to provide them with timely football clichés in case the players can’t evade giving lucid answers on their own? The cards have an assortment of phrases, from regular conversation hedges all the way to giving players verbiage like, “I wouldn’t even try to take on the job of coaching, [but] what I can tell you is….” It sounds like the Jets may finally be trying to keep a tight lid on their famously leak-prone locker room. Whatever the thinking may be, here’s a peek at what the Jets would prefer their players say. Jets have given players "Media Bridges" card: List of phrases to use with reporters. Here's front: http://t.co/T73EGZ9aDe— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 21, 2013 Here's the back of "Media Bridge" card given to all Jets players: http://t.co/ljdBJZm51h— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 21, 2013 Filed under: Headlines, NESN Staff, New York Jets, NFL, Offbeat, Twitter

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