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Callahan takes umbrage with Brown’s accusation

Here’s the story filed by beat writer Jerry McDonald about former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown saying that former coach Bill Callahan, in effect, sabotaged the Raiders’ chances of beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl at the end of the 2002 season. The story contains a portion of Callahan’s response to Brown’s strong assertion:

If memories of being pummeled by Jon Gruden in Super Bowl XXXVII weren’t painful enough for former Raiders coach Bill Callahan, there is now this: former players implying that he might have sabotaged his own team in the 48-21 loss to Tampa Bay.

Tim Brown, the Raiders’ nine-time Pro Bowl selection and third-time nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said Monday on Sirius XM Radio that he believed Callahan “sabotaged” the Super Bowl by altering the game plan 36 hours before kickoff. Brown based his claim, on part, because of the relationship Callahan shared with Gruden, who had hired Callahan to be the Raiders offensive coordinator.

“We all called it sabotage, because Callahan and Gruden was good friends,

Tim Brown (81) says former Raiders coach Bill Callahan may have sabotaged Oakland’s chances of winning Super Bowl XXXVII against Tampa Bay 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Mike Fiala) and Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, hated the Raiders, and only came because Gruden made him come,” Brown said.

Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, speaking by phone with ESPN on Tuesday, sided with Brown, adding, “I was very surprised he waited until the last second and a lot of the players, they were surprised also. So, in a way, maybe because he didn’t like the Raiders he decided that, ‘Hey, look, maybe we should sabotage this a little bit and let Jon Gruden go out and win one.’ ”

Callahan, who currently is the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, released a statement Tuesday night, saying, “I am shocked, saddened and outraged by Tim Brown’s allegations and Jerry Rice’s support of those allegations.

“Any

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suggestion that I would undermine the integrity of the sport that I love and dedicated my life to, or dishonor the commitment I made to our players, coaches and fans, is flat out wrong,” Callahan said in the statement. “I think it would be in the best interests of all including the game America loves that these allegations be retracted immediately.”

Brown said Callahan’s game-plan switch left center Barret Robbins so disturbed it may have been the catalyst to his infamous trip to Mexico on

Former Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan, (Jim Gensheimer/Mercury News) Friday, returning in a haze of alcohol and mental illness the night before the game.

Other players on the 2002 team rebutted Brown in various radio interviews, including quarterback Rich Gannon, linebacker Bill Romanowski, offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy and fullback Zach Crockett, who is on the Raiders’ scouting staff.

“I like Tim Brown. Great guy, great teammate,” Romanowski told ESPN. “But he is delusional to think that Bill Callahan would give up the biggest opportunity of his life … to be a Super Bowl-winning coach. I cannot even comprehend why something like that would come out of his mouth.”

Kennedy tweeted that Callahan “got out-coached and a lot of us (including) myself were out played. It happens. I just wished it didn’t happen in the biggest game.”

Gannon, speaking on his Sirus XM radio show, said: “He was a good football coach, I think he’s a good man. We had too much invested in trying to become world champions. We all wanted to win. I’m sure Bill Callahan was one of those as well.”

The genesis of planning to turn a team that threw a club-record 619 times in 2002 into a running team for the Super Bowl was a 45-0 win over Tampa Bay in 1999. In that game, Napoleon Kaufman gained 122 yards and Tyrone Wheatley had 111 against a smaller Tampa Bay front.

Why would the Raiders revert to their passing personality so late in the week?

While Brown said Robbins “begged” Callahan not to change the game plan, Kennedy, also a starting member of the offensive line, told 95.7 The Game that he knew nothing about Robbins having any such issues.

Crockett told ESPN the game plan changed after Robbins went AWOL because backup center Adam Treu was not as formidable as a power blocker.

In a text to ESPN, former Raiders fullback Jon Ritchie said, “What we practiced during the week is not what we ran in that game. It could have been due to Barret’s absence.”

Gannon and Kennedy recalled having to abandon the running game partially because of game circumstance. The Raiders gained 18 yards on 10 first-half rushes and trailed 20-3 at halftime.

On their second possession, the Raiders ran Crockett twice into the line, were faced with third-and-long, and punted. Later, a first-down run by Charlie Garner resulted in a 1-yard loss, putting the Raiders in passing situation.

Gannon said there was talk of “being physical and running the football” going into the game but also said, “I don’t know that the game plan really changed … I think we came out, tried to run the football early and didn’t have a lot of success.”

Kennedy said he remembered Callahan saying as the Bucs took command, “We’re going to have to pass to get back into this.”

As for Brown’s version of things, Gannon said, “We often sit in rooms 53 of us, and the coach addresses the team, and not everybody gets the same message. Not everybody hears it the same way.”

Gannon, who threw five interceptions and had three returned for touchdowns, feels the blame falls on everyone who took part for the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

“If you got on that plane Monday in Oakland and flew to San Diego to participate in the Super Bowl, whether you’re the owner, the head coach, the quarterback or the guy that passed out the tickets, you’re responsible for what took place down there.”

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  • dr_robert

    Is it racist to think Russell sucked?

    Just kidding. Not going down that road.

    (But man did he suck).

  • Marks hair

    Anybody watch d jones at the seinor bl practice tearing it up? Great tecnique and burst.

  • Marks hair

    if TP and Palmer are in an open competition next year let’s just trade Palmer already… do it reg

  • 2romes

    Reggie is doing a good job? Where? Here in Oakland? List all the accomplishments of Reggie in Oakland!! Maybe he will do better next year. Can’t do much worst. Here’s to Reggie doing better 4-12 next year.

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    Dr_robert Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:28 am
    Is it racist to think Russell sucked?

    Just kidding. Not going down that road.

    (But man did he suck).

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    Not racist at all. He was a fat slug who stole tens of millions from a dying man and used it to support his drug-and-cheeseburger habit. He refused to work, refused to play well and was generally a complete waste of talent.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    quack quack quack….

  • Marks hair

    Jets and cards are desperate at qb

  • Al_is_theraiders

    4-12….lmao…4-12…better job…love the math.

  • SR Raider

    Too early to just the Reginator. No draft picks and 20 mil over the cap in 2012. This year we’ll see what he’s got. DA, on the other hand,…

  • SR Raider

    too early to judge…dang spellcheck

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    2romes Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:35 am
    Reggie is doing a good job? Where? Here in Oakland? List all the accomplishments of Reggie in Oakland!! Maybe he will do better next year. Can’t do much worst. Here’s to Reggie doing better 4-12 next year.

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    1. Getting a good contributor for worthless Bruce Campbell
    2. Getting a draft pick for equally worthless Louis Murphy
    3. Upgrading Oakland to a modern organization
    4. Starting the process of ridding us of Al’s ridiculous contracts. Routt and Wimbley were only a start.
    5. Dumping worthless slugs like DVD in favor of promising young players like Brandian Ross
    6. Drafting an instant starter in Miles Burris at the end of Round 4.
    7. Locating UDFA find Rod Streater
    8. Ending Al’s scholarship. We Al alive, RoMac would have started every game this year

    Anyway, that was a partial list. More to come (if I feel like it).

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:36 am
    quack quack quack….

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    You LIKE JaMarcus?

    Or if that was directed at my Reggie comments, lay off already. You’ve got your precious angle-blocking OC now. Chill.

  • DJ Johnny

    dr_robert Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:28 am
    Is it racist to think Russell sucked?

    Would you expect a white qb to be in shape and to give maximum effort? None of you guys would.

    Russell is the best qb the Raiders have ever had and you guys never gave him a chance. But your bald headed hero Gradkowski? Oh yeah. You give HIM every chance in the world.

    It’s sickening. In fact, i’m going to throw up right now in disgust.

    There…I just threw up. You happy now?

  • The_Judge37

    RaiderDuck Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:39 am
    2romes Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:35 am
    Reggie is doing a good job? Where? Here in Oakland? List all the accomplishments of Reggie in Oakland!! Maybe he will do better next year. Can’t do much worst. Here’s to Reggie doing better 4-12 next year.

    ==============================================

    1. Getting a good contributor for worthless Bruce Campbell
    2. Getting a draft pick for equally worthless Louis Murphy
    3. Upgrading Oakland to a modern organization
    4. Starting the process of ridding us of Al’s ridiculous contracts. Routt and Wimbley were only a start.
    5. Dumping worthless slugs like DVD in favor of promising young players like Brandian Ross
    6. Drafting an instant starter in Miles Burris at the end of Round 4.
    7. Locating UDFA find Rod Streater
    8. Ending Al’s scholarship. We Al alive, RoMac would have started every game this year
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    What does #3 mean exactly?

  • Marks hair

    Burris was a default starter not an instant one.

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    The_Judge37 Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:42 am

    What does #3 mean exactly?

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    It means that we now have a actual Scouting Director, General Manager, Player/Personnel Guy, Media Relations guy and so forth, as opposed to one eightysomething filling those roles himself (and very poorly, at that).

  • Marks hair

    so nobody thinks that Reggie announcing TP and Palmer will be in an open competition next year is interesting?

  • The_Judge37

    Does #3 mean Reggie and DA took Al’s overhead projector out into the parking lot and smashed it while listening to Geto Boyz

  • dr_robert

    Burris was an instant/default starter who excelled/sucked.

    He was/wasn’t a good/bad pick.

    Trying to make everyone happy.

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    Marks Hair Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:45 am
    so nobody thinks that Reggie announcing TP and Palmer will be in an open competition next year is interesting?

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    I’m not sure that’s exactly what he said. He said TP will be given the opportunity, but I suspect CP would have to completely fall apart to lose the job.

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    The_Judge37 Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:46 am
    Does #3 mean Reggie and DA took Al’s overhead projector out into the parking lot and smashed it while listening to Geto Boyz

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    As long as they got rid of it one way or the other. I only wished they’d done the same to John Herrera.

  • ian85

    raiderduck i wouldn’t say reggie is the raiders he can still be fired he obviously won’t be atleast not this year anyway but he isnt the raiders hes a stop gap and will get canned at the end of the year hes been a bust so far

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    Ian85 Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:47 am
    raiderduck i wouldn’t say reggie is the raiders he can still be fired he obviously won’t be atleast not this year anyway but he isnt the raiders hes a stop gap and will get canned at the end of the year hes been a bust so far

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    Reggie will get at least two more seasons. He SHOULD get four more seasons, but he’ll get at least two.

  • denverraider

    Did Tim Brown’s HOF chances just go up or down?

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    Dennis Allen reminds me of Jamarcus.

    Both are very uninspiring and both will set this franchise back several years.

  • RaiderDebo

    An intriguing destination for JaMarcus next year is the New England Patriots. It’s become painfully clear that Tom Brady is a shell of his former self. Even though I’m an anti-Brady guy, couldn’t help but feel sorry for him a litle bit on Sunday. He just looked so helpless. As much as the NE brass loves the guy, the handwriting is on the wall. JaMarcus would be the perfect replacement. With his gun, they might be able to get that elusive 4th SB win. It would take some getting used to for me, but I’d root for him. What do you guys think?

  • dr_robert

    Djjohnny–excellent point. All of the haters/racists loved gradkowski just cuz he came out and had fire and competed and completed passes and generally acted as if he cared if the raiders won or lost. Ridiculous. They don’t understand how cool it is to wear due coats and huge rocks and ropes and drink syrup and eat a lot and sleep a lot and……well I hope we resign him to prove to people like that awful doctor guy that athletic, fast qb’s are……wait. I lost my train of thought. Who were we talking about again?

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    Tim Brown just pulled a Lance Armstrong. (back tracking)

  • ian85

    RAIDERDUCK i could see him getting 2 more seasons but no way in hell should he get 4 more if the team cant make the playoffs in 2 years from now

  • RaiderDebo

    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:50 am
    Dennis Allen reminds me of Jamarcus.

    Both are very uninspiring and both will set this franchise back several years.

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    The only guy that anyone can say has “set this franchise back several years” is Carson Palmer.

  • guest123
  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    RaiderDebo Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:51 am
    An intriguing destination for JaMarcus next year is the New England Patriots. It’s become painfully clear that Tom Brady is a shell of his former self. Even though I’m an anti-Brady guy, couldn’t help but feel sorry for him a litle bit on Sunday. He just looked so helpless. As much as the NE brass loves the guy, the handwriting is on the wall. JaMarcus would be the perfect replacement. With his gun, they might be able to get that elusive 4th SB win. It would take some getting used to for me, but I’d root for him. What do you guys think?

    ==================================================

    No. Belichick requires players who work hard, stay in shape, and know the playbook. JaMarcus is 0 for 3 on that score. Besides, NE’s got Ryan Mallet ready to take over for Brady.

  • r8eray

    Dr_robert Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:28 am
    Is it racist to think Russell sucked?

    Just kidding. Not going down that road.

    (But man did he suck).

    =======

    Any minute…here comes KK!

    Lol!

  • The_Judge37

    I’d like one of these beat writers to really do a story on how long it is expected the Raiders actually get right with the Salary cap.

  • Dan78

    RaiderDuck Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:39 am
    2romes Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:35 am
    Reggie is doing a good job? Where? Here in Oakland? List all the accomplishments of Reggie in Oakland!! Maybe he will do better next year. Can’t do much worst. Here’s to Reggie doing better 4-12 next year.

    ==============================================

    1. Getting a good contributor for worthless Bruce Campbell
    2. Getting a draft pick for equally worthless Louis Murphy
    3. Upgrading Oakland to a modern organization
    4. Starting the process of ridding us of Al’s ridiculous contracts. Routt and Wimbley were only a start.
    5. Dumping worthless slugs like DVD in favor of promising young players like Brandian Ross
    6. Drafting an instant starter in Miles Burris at the end of Round 4.
    7. Locating UDFA find Rod Streater
    8. Ending Al’s scholarship. We Al alive, RoMac would have started every game this year
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    9.Dont forget he got rid of the head projector and brought in a computer… A freaking computer…

  • dr_robert

    Fur coats. Dang it.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    RaiderDebo Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:51 am
    An intriguing destination for JaMarcus next year is the New England Patriots. It’s become painfully clear that Tom Brady is a shell of his former self. Even though I’m an anti-Brady guy, couldn’t help but feel sorry for him a litle bit on Sunday. He just looked so helpless. As much as the NE brass loves the guy, the handwriting is on the wall. JaMarcus would be the perfect replacement. With his gun, they might be able to get that elusive 4th SB win. It would take some getting used to for me, but I’d root for him. What do you guys think?
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    What do I think?

    I think you may like to partake in the purple drank.
    Jamarcus to the Pats is the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard LMAO!

    I have a sense of humor and will assume your just playing.

  • Marks hair

    I didnt read exactly what reggie said but sirius has been reporting reggie has announced an open QB competition between the 2..

  • DutchRaider77

    326.RaiderDebo Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:51 am
    An intriguing destination for JaMarcus next year is the New England Patriots. It’s become painfully clear that Tom Brady is a shell of his former self. Even though I’m an anti-Brady guy, couldn’t help but feel sorry for him a litle bit on Sunday. He just looked so helpless. As much as the NE brass loves the guy, the handwriting is on the wall. JaMarcus would be the perfect replacement. With his gun, they might be able to get that elusive 4th SB win. It would take some getting used to for me, but I’d root for him. What do you guys think?

    ______________________________________________-

    Really, I thought you would have said Packers, considering the eye-popping article you posted revealing what a scumbag that Aaron Rogers is…Or could be the Broncos, with the ailing over the hill Peyton Manning and the fact that John Elway has his phone number on speed dial.

    Let the bidding war begin…

  • ian85

    hahahaha debo JA FATASS is waaay to stupid to run the pats offense brady schits all over russel on his worst day thats gotta be the funniest thing i have heard u say u truly r a idiot

  • Al_is_theraiders

    four more lol….dang even thats short of ten and then…youre getting soft quack.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Debo, you always brighten my day! Your satire is so subtle I think many here miss your real points. I get it, though.

  • J Hill

    Funniest part of the Russell article was him being “down” to 308.

    LMFAO

    Only 88 more pounds to go, my man.

  • guest123

    Sorry, Reggie’s been a total failure at every level. He got rid of “outta wack” contracts. Big deal. Amy Trask could have done that with no football acumen.

    Results speak for themselves. You are what your record says you are. Going from 8-8 to 4-12 is a failure of execution on any level you want to talk about. No way did Reggie plan on gutting the team and losing 4 more games in the process.

    Reggie = FAIL

  • ian85

    DEBO keep up the good work ur always good for a few laughs

  • guest123

    Only 88 more pounds to go, my man.

    *******

    Biggest loser?

  • mcfadden20.

    Lmfao Debo , thanks man

  • RaiderDebo

    ian85 Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:57 am
    hahahaha debo JA FATASS is waaay to stupid to run the pats offense brady schits all over russel on his worst day thats gotta be the funniest thing i have heard u say u truly r a idiot
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    Pats offense is “QB friendly”. How else do you think Matt Cassell ran it so brilliantly?

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    RaiderDebo Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:52 am
    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:50 am
    Dennis Allen reminds me of Jamarcus.

    Both are very uninspiring and both will set this franchise back several years.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    The only guy that anyone can say has “set this franchise back several years” is Carson Palmer.
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    I’m a huebris fan and I think if you are going to blame Carson for setting us back you should point the finger at the guy who made this trade. Raiders weren’t going anywhere fast with Boeller.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!

    Good morning race haters and impostor fans, guess what…..

    BIG MACK IS WHOOPIN’ YO AZZ THIS MORNING!!!!!

    PRYOR WILL BE GIVEN A SHOT TO COMPETE FOR THE STARTING GIG!!!!

    This is huge news. This means that what i have told you is true.

    1. pryor more than impressed in san diego, he proved to be a weapon of mass destruction grossly mishandled.

    2. The advent of the wave of the futre and the hybrid offense has caused davis jr and big mack kick DA in the nutz and get him on the field. Because this qb and this offense will be a TRUE INSTANT UPGRADE AND MAKE US COMPETITIVE IMMEDIATELY WITH OUT OVER HAULING THE ROSTER

    3. carson was on an extended tryout and has not impressed. he is dime a dozen and you can find his type every where, yet there are very very few with skills like pryor and one is in the superbowl

    This is a smack in the face for the haters and palmer worshipers, but it must be done.

    We will see a return to al davis football next season, and it will be updated with the hybrid game!!!

    Hopefully we cut palmer outright so that we can save some cap space and spend the draft and money on defense and o line.

    Next time i tell you something write it down and memorize it!!!

    HYBRID OFFENSE in 2013!!!

    THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE OWNS YOU, AND IT IS TSUNAMI WEARING NUMBER SIX!!!