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Callahan takes umbrage with Brown’s accusation

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 11:35 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • realtruraider

    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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    Good hire, where did ya here this at? Link? lol

  • Marks hair

    Nobody puts a 16million dollar qb in an open comp with a 3rd round pick unless theres serious thoughts of change. Trade or short leash for cp3.

  • rooch

    Tell me Sparano is Power guy.

  • mcfadden20.

    RaiderDebo Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:21 am

    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

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

    HHAAHHAHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAHAHHAHA that was funny

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    Hopefully we cut palmer outright so that we can save some cap space and spend the draft and money on defense and o line.
    ======================================================

    The finer points of the NFL still elude you. Along with the not so fine points.

  • inonewordraider

    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?
    ____________________
    -me and every gm in the league know cp >jc
    me the redskin braintrust and almost everyone else
    -knew RGIII would be good
    -never said a bad thing about wilson
    -the jury on cam newton is still out

    the only time you’ve gotten me specifically is jc over grad, try again

  • Al_is_theraiders

    shrek hired tony sparano before the lunch special…he really does listen to his gut….

  • realtruraider

    Oh Shefter on twitter just saw it

  • Dan78

    Sparano will have the o-line playing fiesty and nasty….

  • guest123

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

    ********

    Just what I was thinking. Sparano could be our intirim HC by the bye week.

  • dr_robert

    This just in: Russell announces comeback attempt. Missdick proclaims victory.

    This board is filled with those semi-retarded guys that u laugh at at first cuz u think they’re drunk, and then u realize the truth and u hope no one saw u laughing.

  • RaidingTexas

    Just saw the Sparano news. “Assistant head coach.” Hmmmm, sounds like they hired a mentor for DA?

  • mcfadden20.

    Here is why you say there is open competition for every position, because than everybody works their ass off to win, compared to say this or that guy has it on lock down, then back up just works out like a back up , get it?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    well at least sparano is a gap power scheme guy…

  • MikieG

    The_Judge37 Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:20 am

    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.
    ——

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

    Good point, but I highly doubt if we canned D.A we would hire Sparano–

    I love the fact that he is an Ex. Head Coach–its exactly what we need, someone who has worked around the league, has experience, and has done the job before. Can you imagine the circus he just came from with the Jets? They say the Raiders are dysfunctional, but nothing compares to everything that New Yawk comprises…

    Love this hire, and I love that the coaches are going to fit the players to what they do best. Knapp and crew were FOOLS to do what they did last year–now that we have Rolando Russell outta here, our Defense can get fixed either through the draft or Free Agency, and we can get that side of the ball shored up, and dial in the Offense–

    Shoulda done all this crap last year, but oh well–If’s and but’s were candy and nuts…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    oh yeah asst hc…sounds more like they are letting DA sweat a little…do it! get rid of opie!

  • Marks hair

    Thanx poprox.

    Good hire. Im liking this yrs staff

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    inonewordraider Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:22 am

    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?
    ____________________
    -me and every gm in the league know cp >jc
    me the redskin braintrust and almost everyone else
    -knew RGIII would be good
    -never said a bad thing about wilson
    -the jury on cam newton is still out

    the only time you’ve gotten me specifically is jc over grad, try again
    =========

    lol you are a loser and a liar

    I schooled you on rgIII when he wasnt even known in texas let alone by this blog.

    You and every other clown said i was a racist promoting black qbs and he was an athlete not a passer though you had never seen him play.

    LOL

    you also tried to tell me like jfb that russel wilson was not an nfl qb when i touted him while he was at nc state

    if the jury is out on newton the man that has THROWN FOR MORE YARDS AND RUN FOR MORE YARDS THAN ANY OTHER PLAYER IN HISTORY OVER HIS FIRST TWO SEASONS AND ACCOUNTED FOR A WHOPPING 65 TDS THAT JURY NEEDS TO BE SHOT!!!

    please stfu i been beating you down for years in here and its boring

  • dr_robert

    This is one of those jokes that I have to wait a LONG time for the punch line. I mean it’s been four years and debo is still in character.

  • Dan78

    Sparano hire should help our o-line get back to what it was a couple of years ago…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    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?

    ====

    I’d be more surprised if he didn’t say it. DA and Reggie have been all about getting rid of the image of the Al scholarships and creating competion at all spots, all the time. This is the lip service that I’d expect to get from a “modern era GM” because they all say the same thing all the time.

    The same will be said about every draft pick and UDFAs brought into camp. They are there to compete for a job, whether there is a realistic expatation that they actually can win it or not.

    And his stated opinion on this increases the chance of TP becoming the starter by approximately zero percent.

    Next story please …

  • Al_is_theraiders

    i think shrek was just hungry and wanted to get the hire over and done with…

  • ian85

    wow sparano huh not bad dont mind him as a oline coach. As for russel hes waaay to stupid to be a NFL QB gotta have brains to play that position need to process info quickly russel is as dumb as a box of rcoks again he will make a good RIGHT TACKLE O and JC is the worst QB IN THE NFL give it two years and he wont he wont even be in the league anymore thats FACT

  • dr_robert

    U guys are so owned. I predicted Peyton manning. U predicted Tom Brady when he was still in grade school. I predicted ken stabler.

    Right now I’m going in record as predicting great things for:
    Geno
    Barkley
    That nc state kid
    Bray
    Manuel
    Other drafted and non-drafted white and black qb’s.

    BOOK IT!

  • Marks hair

    No mac 20 i dont.. every team has backups but very few put their high priced QB in and open competition with a mid round pick.. but it could be lip service and not really open. we’ll see how they split the reps. in preseason Carson should get most all the reps under normal circumstances.

  • dr_robert

    Umm. Except Reggie didn’t actually say that. But the comedians are killing me so I’m not gonna bring it up. Oh wait. I just did.

  • ian85

    SCAM NEWTON sucks 13 and 19 as a starter he will never win the NFC south my boy MATTY ICE WAVE OF THE FUTURE and DREW BREES OWN scam newton and as long as MATTY ICE AND DREW BREES R IN THE SOUTH poor scam stands NOO chance hes a loser and very overrated i love his press conferences when hes sooo down its great dude looks like he wants to jump off a bridge lol

  • DT42

    Tony Sparano? Ugh! why not bring back Wiz 2.0 and Wylie? I thought we were making progress with Bobby April. Another unimpressive hire.

  • theghostronin79

    Mistic, serious question……

    You scan the college ranks for QB’s that will play New Wave football… What do you think of Marcus Mariota or Johnny Manzeil? Seriously, those guys will be landing here in the next 2-3 years and they’re both Sh*t HOT with that style of attack…I’m bein’ real here.

  • Marks hair

    I really would like to get rid of Palmer and his big contract he’s keeping us stuck in mediocrity. If you’re not first you’re last!

  • ian85

    ya i predicted mannings, brady, rodgers, ryan,young,montana,favre,roethlisberger,aikman consider ursels OWNED LOL

  • Al_is_theraiders

    dt42…i was hoping for that too

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:16 am

    need i go on?
    ====================================================

    Yes.

  • guest123

    I liked what Wylie and Wiz did for us, but that said, I’m glad we got Sparano. He’ll establish the power run game and he’s got some good ideas on how to run an offense. I am sure that Olson can learn a thing or two from him. If there’s one thing missing on the coaching staff is some veteran leadership in the trenches. I think he helps show Dennis Allen a few of the ropes he was missing and can help adapt Olson’s system quickly. I’m very much in favor of this hire even if I’m still skeptical of Reggie. Hated the Olson dumpster diving hire but I’m down with this move.

  • realtruraider

    he is the wildcat guru..lol, Im sure he will work with Olason and get TP alot more playin time..Im starting to like this staff a whole lot better tha last years

  • Dan78

    Can see them having a wildcat package with DMAC and TP6….

  • ian85

    thats where TP will get his playing time next year running wildcat not QB

  • realtruraider

    Plus DMC was the King of the wildcat in college, we might actually see some creativity from this staff, something that we lacked last year

  • severeraiderz

    Trade back

    1. Mingo or Jordan
    2. If huff stays at CB, TJ McDonald ; if huff returns to FS, Xavier Rhodes
    3. Markus Wheaton
    4. Datone Jones
    5. Joseph Fauria
    6. Marcus Lattimore
    7. Bpa

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Sparano to be asst hc and line coach ….LMAO!!!

    with each announcement coming from almeda the grad fan/ palmer worshipers are left spinning. this latest move is like right cross knocking the impostors smooth the fugg out!!!

    Just look at the sequence of events and it doesnt look good for palmer the bungles (soon to be raider) reject.

    1. pryor impressed in preseason and out played all of our qbs but was buried by knapp and da on the bench. yet the show he put on vs detroit wasnt noticed by Davis jr. this is why he was still intrigued and later demanded to get him on the field.

    2. prepping for carolina pryor gets his first real practice time as the scout qb and impressed teammates and coaches. tis forced the staff to get him actual playing time in “packages”

    3. pryor did get on the field in packages and loo0ked good. so good that he was given a chance to compete with lienart after palmer was injured.

    4. pryor beats lienart in a week of split rep competition his first real practice running our offense. then destroys the charger defense with a wildly entertaining blend of throwing prowess and athleticism. he made some throws that were amazing and showed with a full season of practice he can be a starter and a special player.

    5. Knapp is fired shortly thereafter with a cloud over him based on why pryor was hidden all season along with damcs drop off.

    6. olsen is hired and wants to return to power blocking and deep passing. This isnt a good thing for palmer as he flat out stunk trying to throw deep. in fact he posted a horrendous 24% completion percentage on passes that went further than 20 yards down field. pryor in one start and the game vs detroit proved he can get the ball down field better than the now noodle armed palmer.

    7. Sparono hired. Sporano was the master mind behind Miamis so called wild cat offense….A ZONE READ OFFENSE WITH OUT A QB!!!! NOW SPARONO WILL HAVE MAJOR INPUT ON O LINE AND THE OFFENSE TO HELP TEACH THOSE CONCEPTS!!!!

    LMAO palmer worship is a black hole of uncertainty at the moment and a major segmnent of this board is being punished for their folly by the raider brass.

    You don have to be shaft to connect the dots. Make no mistake, these moves clearly tell you what coming and at some point next year pryor will be the starter

    BOOK IT!!!

  • DutchRaider77

    Isn’t Pryor a Palmer worshiper?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    theghostronin79 Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Mistic, serious question……

    You scan the college ranks for QB’s that will play New Wave football… What do you think of Marcus Mariota or Johnny Manzeil? Seriously, those guys will be landing here in the next 2-3 years and they’re both Sh*t HOT with that style of attack…I’m bein’ real here.
    =========

    i have already posted on johhny football, one of my favorite college guys to watch.

    I think he is a faster version of jeff garcia.

    He is a playmaker but i dont see the arm strength to be included in the wave of the future.

    This does not mean he cant play on sunday he has the clutch gene and his mobilty could off set his pop gun, in the right offense.

  • bcz24

    Good thing these guys took the time out of their busy schedules to announce that we have a new OL/AHC

  • dr_robert

    What an imagination. Fascinating.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    hmmmm

    sparano plus dmac and pryor!!!!!

    YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

    HYBRID OFFENSE WITH SEVERAL GUYS THAT WERE STARS IN COLLEGE RUNNING THIS ATTACK!!!! DMAC THE ORIGINAL WILD HOG AND PRYOR WHO RAN ZONE READ AS PART OF HIS OFFENSE AS A BUCK EYE!!!!

    LOL…..uh oh dare i say it?

    ME DAVIS JR AND BIG MACK ARE IN LOCK STEP!!!!!!!!

    Look for the pistol and shotgun spread next year

    you heard it here first

  • dr_robert

    Yeah. Pryor is a gold haired hero worshiper.

    I think even Pryor would roll his eyes.

    “Uh. Thanks and everything but ur creeping me out dude. Security!”

  • Gdog

    guest123 Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:23 am

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

    ********

    Just what I was thinking. Sparano could be our intirim HC by the bye week.

    >>>>

    Uhh, I think the days of firing head coaches like they are dispensable as pencils died with Al.

    DA is our coach for at least two more years.

    Get used to it…

  • dr_robert

    DMc is part of the wave of the future!

    And we know tebow got off with sparano this season.

    Yes!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Super excited for this upcoming season, now e have something worth watching.

    Lets grab a defensive player that is worthy of number 3 pick, if they feel none is worth that high of a pick trade down and stock the pond

    Yes now i dont have to only be excited to watch out of market football, I can see the wave of the future and the new football paradigm right here!!!

    You can bet pryor is already in olsen and sporanos ears and grinding away

    palmer you are on notice!!!! i couldnt be happier

    Give thanks

  • Gdog

    dr_robert Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Yeah. Pryor is a gold haired hero worshiper.

    I think even Pryor would roll his eyes.

    “Uh. Thanks and everything but ur creeping me out dude. Security!”

    >>>>>

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Pryor already has a restraining order against Mistic.