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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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  • Dan78

    Was there any follow up to TP traing with Gannon… I remember TP stating something to that effect…

  • RaiderDebo

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:57 am
    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?

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    Really, I thought you would have said Packers, considering the eye-popping article you posted revealing what a scumbag that Aaron Rogers is…

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    Don’t kill the messenger.

  • dr_robert

    OMG! I completely missed it! Debo is a comedic genius! It’s all irony. Brilliant!

    (I hope that’s true. Otherwise it’s ……scary)

  • mcfadden20.

    Arguin about Palmer trade is worthless, boller wasn’t going to lead us anywhere, Pryor wasn’t going to lead us anymore , the first rd pick wasn’t going to do much , honestly I feel like with Palmer we might have went 0-16 ,what you guys think ?

  • ian85

    DEBO JAMEATBALL is 308 pounds no waaay in hell is belichek bringing that guy in like someone said earlier they have ryan mallet ready when brady hangs them up could u imagine the boston press pats bring in russel to dump TOM TERRIFIC r u serious man wake up dude it aint ever gonna happen EVER u act like brady lead them to a 2 and 14 season they were one game away from playing the in there sixth super bowl BRADY is the man

  • dr_robert

    There is only one team that Russell would fit in with. The Vikings. All that purple.

  • mcfadden20.

    Mistic ,Debos sidekick is here to provide us with some more laughs , but he’s just not good as debo , Mistic is Jamarcus Russell of comedians

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Do you morons realize that by saying pryor will compete for the starting job that it doesnt really matter if palmer wins in preseason?

    This means that even if pryor ends up 2 out of camp that palmer will be on an insanely short leash,( long over due).

    The minute palmer falters and has one of his turnover filled stupefying meltdowns HE WILL GET BENCHED!!!

    Davis big mack and the entire city of oakland will be screaming for pryor.

    This is the best news i have heard in raider land since the day we signed jc.

    I will now fully endorse big mack based solely on this one move, and da doesnt screw it up I will support him too.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    but at least shrek has given some tips to dennys servers…

    hey i thought the coach was supposed to decide who plays and doesnt? shrek says its an open competition….

  • Marks hair

    Trade cp3, dmac, kelly anybody not nailed down.. probably should have hired ault..

  • RaiderDebo

    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:00 am
    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.

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    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.
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    I’ve softened my stance on the decision Hue made. Still pissed about it because it was disrespectful to our best QB since Gannon, Jason Campbell. At the end of the day though, Boller couldn’t get it done and there wasn’t an alternative if he wanted to turn a 4-2 start into a playoff run. Garrard would’ve been the guy, but he was injured. Cincy had us in a compromising position. So I don’t blame Hue as much as I do blame Palmer for stinking up the joint. I want him cut tonight!!

  • mcfadden20.

    Debo is my favorite poster now, lol , I was kinda feeling just ok before I read that post

  • dr_robert

    Good Lord. Reggie says Pryor will be given a chance to show if he can “u know, take over”, which after him saying repeatedly that they would be trying to “find where they can use him best”, would tell a sane person that he meant show in the preseason that he could take over “some day”. But we get the idiot ranting and raving. U have to hand it to him. He’s an ate renal optimist when it comes to his crush on Pryor.

    “So ur saying there’s a chance? YESSSSS!”

  • realtruraider

    RaiderDebo Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 6:52 am
    Very surprised to see Jeff Garcia on his team. Wil be interesting to hear is comments in the coming months. Great move by JR though.

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    Obviously it has to be so he can check out his smokin wifes @ss, what else could it be really?

  • ian85

    DEBO the pats might bring in russel to play right tackle for brady that makes more sense since hes pushing 310

  • inonewordraider

    Next time i tell you something write it down and memorize it!!!
    _________
    i already memorized how joe webb and troy smith aren’t being used properly otherwise they’d be feasting on nfl defenses

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:58 am
    four more lol….dang even thats short of ten and then…youre getting soft quack.

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    I never said ten years. I did say five. If you’re on the right track after five years (meaning deep playoff runs), then you renew the GM. If not, you can him and give the next guy the same five years. Sooner or later, you WILL get a winner.

  • mcfadden20.

    Lol Mistic got nothing on debo , Debo is like Michael Jordan n Mistic is like Adam Morrison , lol

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    Guest123 Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:59 am
    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

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    So Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick should have been fired for taking over .500 (or near it) teams and only turning out 3-5 wins the first year?

  • Marks hair

    does anyonehave a link to Reggies statement on the QB competition?because Sirius radio keeps announcing it as if it’s a real competition.

  • inonewordraider

    inonewordraider Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:08 am
    Next time i tell you something write it down and memorize it!!!
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    also memorized that andrew luck is not on the same planet as rgIII qb wise

  • ian85

    maybe russel could play guard could u imagine him pulling and paving the way for a running back i could see it now hahaha wow russel what a loser keep the laughs coming DEBO ur pure entertainment

  • The_Judge37

    368.mcfadden20. Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:09 am
    Lol Mistic got nothing on debo , Debo is like Michael Jordan n Mistic is like Adam Morrison , lol
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    Don’t insult “The Stache” like that

  • dr_robert

    Yes! I get it now. It’s like Andy Kaufman and Bob Zmuda. Brilliant, concept comedy that only the sharpest can even appreciate. I’m in on the joke now! Love it! More please!

  • inonewordraider

    how much $ does it save us if we cut palmer? if it’s alot we should cut him in favor of pryor, obviously not worth what he’s being paid so what do we save?

  • poprox13

    DJ Johnny Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:42 am

    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.
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    Lol, the comedy in here today is just………AWESOME!
    There…I just threw up. You happy now?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Interesting article on jamarcuss.

    I feel good about the fact that he has come to the point that he is able to find the drive to prove himself once again.

    i could see him landing in arizona or perhaps Jacksonville as a back up initially, and possibly challenging for a starting job shortly after much like vick when he came back.

    I rooting for him, i think he was a kid that landed in a perfect shid storm in oakland, and his lack of wordly knowledge & maturity hurt him tremendously.

    Good luck jamarcuss

  • theghostronin79

    Marks hair Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:57 am
    I didnt read exactly what reggie said but sirius has been reporting reggie has announced an open QB competition between the 2..

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    He almost has to do this right now. Either TP wins the job, or he might have to look at a change of position, or scenery. Ultimatiely, it will put the best player on the field when it matters most, and that’s all that counts. Competition is good.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    inonewordraider Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Next time i tell you something write it down and memorize it!!!
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    i already memorized how joe webb and troy smith aren’t being used properly otherwise they’d be feasting on nfl defenses
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    is that all you got loser?

    let me remind you where i kicked your azzz

    grad vs jc

    jc vs palmer

    pryor vs palmer

    cam netwon

    rgIII

    russel wilson

    need i go on?

  • guest123

    So Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick should have been fired for taking over .500 (or near it) teams and only turning out 3-5 wins the first year?

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    They are the exception and not the rule. Reggie is not in their league and I doubt he will ever be in their league.

  • dr_robert

    Troy smith! Joe Webb! I get it now!

    But honestly. Debo is the king. It’s like a guy seriously touting Barry Goldwater for president.

    And completely straight faced.

    It was there in front of us the whole time. I mean duh. No one would actually still think Russell would be great.

    Just brilliant. I applaud u sirs.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    Raiders weren’t going anywhere fast with Boeller.
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    I think they were.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    jamarcus or knapp? who effected who? lol

  • BOKNOWS

    Tony Sparona is in the house!!!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    I think its funny that because pryor is being given a shot, and jamarcuss is in the news

    suddenly those that argued against these truths are left to nothing more than TRYING TO INSULT THE VERY PEOPLE THAT TOLD YOU IT WOULD HAPPEN!!!

    LOL

  • The_Judge37

    382.Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:16 am
    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    Raiders weren’t going anywhere fast with Boeller.
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    I think they were.
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    Boller is like Matt Lienart, except he can throw it off target farther.

  • Marks hair

    370? Anybody? Bueller?

  • BOKNOWS

    Sparano……

  • MikieG

    This Just in: Raiders Hire Tony Sparano as Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach…

    I like it.

  • jesusraiderjim

    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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    It would be more interesting if I actually saw a story or link. Did I just miss that part, my bad if that’s the case?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    5 years if no then another guy for 5 years then no another…lol if this was right we would be watching knapp for 5 years! thats lunacy!

  • poprox13

    Marks hair Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:10 am

    does anyonehave a link to Reggies statement on the QB competition?because Sirius radio keeps announcing it as if it’s a real competition.
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    got this….

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/terrelle-pryor-will-have-chance-to-start-at-qb-012213

    lip service………

  • dr_robert

    And suddenly purvis makes a great pro-boller zinger! This board is the best comedy blog in the country!

  • RaiderDebo

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:14 am
    Interesting article on jamarcuss.

    I feel good about the fact that he has come to the point that he is able to find the drive to prove himself once again.

    i could see him landing in arizona or perhaps Jacksonville as a back up initially, and possibly challenging for a starting job shortly after much like vick when he came back.

    I rooting for him, i think he was a kid that landed in a perfect shid storm in oakland, and his lack of wordly knowledge & maturity hurt him tremendously.

    Good luck jamarcuss
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    Yep. Always room in the league for a gun. Just look at the two starting SB QBs. I hope it’s not Arizona or Jville though. New England, Cincy and Dallas would all be perfect destinations. His gun with teams loaded at the skill positions and good OLs. Deadly.

  • guest123

    Good hire!

    The Oakland Raiders have hired former Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano as their assistant head coach/offensive line

  • dr_robert

    And when the Reggie gives lip service, that’s some lip!

    Wokka Wokka Wokka!

  • The_Judge37

    389.MikieG Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:18 am
    This Just in: Raiders Hire Tony Sparano as Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach…

    I like it.
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    Well at least we got our next intermediate Head Coach with a little bit of experience.

  • 2romes

    # 9 was about as equal as all the other thing done by Reggie. Any new hire can come here and change things, get new guys, and save money . That happens in everyday life everywhere. Where is the production from all the move you say he made. Did any non-rookie players get better? Power hungry Reggie did not want any thing to do with any gains the Raiders made because the gains were under a head coach not related to him and his guys. Reggie thought without regard to raw analysis recorded in the Raiders progress from years, he could install systematic schemes that did may play to the strengths of his players. Doing things his way is first priority and the Raiders are second place and it shows.
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    Dan78 Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:54 am
    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.

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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
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    9.Dont forget he got rid of the head projector and brought in a computer… A freaking computer…

  • RaiderDebo

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:17 am
    I think its funny that because pryor is being given a shot, and jamarcuss is in the news

    suddenly those that argued against these truths are left to nothing more than TRYING TO INSULT THE VERY PEOPLE THAT TOLD YOU IT WOULD HAPPEN!!!

    LOL

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    It’s the best dude! What I love about this board. One of these days, these clowns will STFU and listen.

  • mcfadden20.

    LOL THIS COMEDY BLOG IS OF THE HOOK WITH DEBO AND HIS SIDEKICK MIST!C , keep it coming guys