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Former Raiders WR Rice backs WR Brown’s Super Bowl ‘sabotage’ accusation

Former Raiders wide receiver Jerry Rice just appeared on ESPN’s NFL Live show. During a phone interview, Rice backed fellow former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown’s accusation that coach Bill Callahan “sabotaged” the Raiders’ chances of winning the Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by changing the game plan the Friday before the game.
This story just keeps getting stranger by the minute, with numerous players chiming in on the subject. It’s worth noting that Jon Ritchie, the fullback on that team, also feels the same way, while linebacker Bill Romanowski, right offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy, safety Rod Woodson and quarterback Rich Gannon disagreed with Brown’s seemingly outlandish accusation.
There will be plenty more on this as it unfolds, including any comment from Callahan, who now is with the Dallas Cowboys. Also, beat writer Jerry McDonald is working on a story for later today.
In the interim, here’s what Rice had to say:

Q: Was the game plan changed Friday before the game?
A: “Yes, it did. I was very surprised by that because you work all week long running the football, then all of a sudden on that given Friday, we decided that we were going to come out and throw the ball over 60 times. What Bill Callahan, and what Tim Brown is accusing him of is that, why would you wait until the last second to change the game plan.”

Q: In any way, do you think Callahan tried to sabotage the Raiders’ chances of winning the Super Bowl?
A: “With Tim Brown, he had been with the Raiders longer, and I recall when I first went to the Raiders, for some reason, and I don’t know why, Bill Callahan, he did not like me. He was that type of coach. Some of the things that happened, with him walking off the field during the game, not being happy about certain situations, I was very surprised that 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 this one.’ ”

Q: In saying that, you’re saying that Callahan would, perhaps, risk his career to let the Bucs win?
A: “Yeah, I know exactly what I’m saying. This is a discussion that Tim and I had. Being veterans, we know that you don’t wait until the last second to change the game plan. It has a lot to do with the center, too. He was like, ‘You can’t do this to us right now,’ and maybe that was the reason why he ended up going over to Mexico and he was a no show during the Super Bowl.”

Q: So, you think Callahan’s changing the game plan prompted center Barret Robbins to go to Mexico on the Saturday before the game?
A: “Well, without a doubt because, the center is just like a quarterback on the field. He has to get all the calls right. All week long, we worked on a certain defense. Then, on that given Friday, (Callahan) decided to change the game plan to a passing game. With Barret, he was frustrated, he was, like, ‘You cannot do this to us at the last second.’ Maybe that’s the reason why he decided to not show up.”

Q: Have you and Tim Brown confronted Bill Callahan with your stance about him sabotaging the Super Bowl?
A: “We never had the opportunity. But, as a veteran and as a guy that had been around for a long time, you don’t want to question your coach at that time. But we just found that it was very unusual to change everything, when we had Tyrone Wheatley and also Charlie Garner, and we had probably the best fullback in the league with Zack Crockett. So, we had a game plan and all of a sudden you change that game plan. Basically, we didn’t know exactly was going to happen in that Super Bowl.”

Q: Just to clarify, you believe that Callahan potentially and deliberately hurt the Raiders’ chances of winning that Super Bowl?
A: “Well, this is what I’m saying. I just felt it was very unusual. Tim Brown, he was like the guy in Oakland, and if he was suspicious of something like that, I really have to believe Tim Brown because this guy was everything with the Oakland Raiders. He had been there a long, long time and this was a discussion that we had after. I just found it to be very unusual because you want to go into that situation knowing exactly what you want to do, how you want to approach that defensive opponent, and we changed everything that Friday.”

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  • RaiderDebo

    1st

  • ian85

    Say no to geno

  • The Big Banana

    Rice – yeah, I know exactly what I’m saying

    Wow

  • The Big Banana

    Loudmouth Sapp got a quip for Rice too?

  • Priesttj12

    Priesttj12 Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    Also as far as Tim and Jerry goes both felt this a long time ago and have said so many times. The week that Callahan called them the dumbest team Tim Brown came out and said everything he is saying NOW.

    I remember Tim even saying this on the radio that week. He didn’t say he tried to sabotage the SB at all Tim Brown said that Bill callahan hated the Raiders and Jerry didn’t say he hated us but he did agree that there was something about the raiders that Callahan didn’t like.

    This is all old news that people have forgotten that is being rehashed IMO because I’ve heard all this stuff before.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    bammm there it is…

  • MiamiRaider78

    Great opportunity to hire Gruden now, I guess? All the attention is on us, 2 weeks before the cross town rivals play in the Super Bowl. lol

    That would be crazy but a far fetch idea.

  • The Big Banana

    The ghost of Al Davis lives

  • Al_is_theraiders

    just leave DA in mobile….

  • ian85

    draft warmack, joekel, moore,werner, jarvis jones or trade down pretty damn simple either guy will be a huge upgrade

  • Dakota

    246.RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    and I do know if it wasnt for that Phuck Tuck Rule game..

    Raiders would have creamed STL in that Superbowl too.

    Its a shame Al should have went out with 5 superbowl rings.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Keep in mind that we still would have had to win in Pitt the next week even to make the SB.

  • SaintKaufman

    Hire Gruden, bring in Brown as OC and Rice as WR coach.

    If anything we will dominate the media!!!!

    No one will remember who played in the Superbowl.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    mcfadden20. Says:
    They need to ask B robbins and ask him if Callahan asked him to change the plan before the superbowl, which led him to go on drinking binge on saturday
    =====================================================
    Might have to take that with a grain of salt. From Wiki:
    Robbins later told his wife that he had spent most of the day before the Super Bowl partying across the border in Tijuana, and actually thought the Raiders had already won the game and he was celebrating their victory.
    ( Knapp, Gwen. 6 years later, Robbins still finding his way. San Francisco Chronicle, 2009-01-31)

  • Dan78

    Only way yo solve this is to check the Callahan files that AL had in his office and go through the polaroid pictures for evidence…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    i love this smackdown of raider haters…

  • MiamiRaider78

    14

    lmfao

  • Al_is_theraiders

    her last name is knapp…automatic disqualifier for intelligence…

  • Dan78

    How can you not love the bay area Brown Rice…

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Pretty damned bizarre story, but C’mon, can’t see Tim & Jerry make up a story like this. Gotta be something there.

  • DJ Johnny

    7.MiamiRaider78 Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    Great opportunity to hire Gruden now, I guess? All the attention is on us, 2 weeks before the cross town rivals play in the Super Bowl. lol

    That would be crazy but a far fetch idea.

    Why not. All the crazy stuff (and the winning and renegade image) is what brought me to the Raiders in the first place lo those many years ago.

  • Thec

    Priesttj12, what up Brother? when i said yesterday this story would have legs, I did not know it would turn into a millapede…

    right now this story is bigger than the SB itself.

  • DJ Johnny

    12.SaintKaufman Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 2:22 pm
    Hire Gruden, bring in Brown as OC and Rice as WR coach.

    If anything we will dominate the media!!!!

    No one will remember who played in the Superbowl.

    Screw it. Let’s just hire Callahan as HC.

  • Thec

    KoolKell Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 2:25 pm
    Pretty damned bizarre story, but C’mon, can’t see Tim & Jerry make up a story like this. Gotta be something there.

    +++++++++

    Definetly some smoke somewhere…Niether of these guys have ANTHING to gain.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Good point Dj.

    Do it Reggie! Put down the doughnuts, wipe the powdered sugar from your face and start making the calls. First you’d have to fire DA of course.

  • The Big Banana

    Media is abuzz with Raider talk during the SuperBowl break. If only for 1 day….all is right with the world.

  • mcfadden20.

    LOL

  • DJ Johnny

    23.Thec Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 2:27 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 2:25 pm
    Pretty damned bizarre story, but C’mon, can’t see Tim & Jerry make up a story like this. Gotta be something there.

    +++++++++

    Definetly some smoke somewhere…Niether of these guys have ANTHING to gain.

    There’s a little bit to gain in the sense they make it seem that THEY were the better team and should rightly be the SB winners if not for some conspiracy.

  • Dan78

    And meanwhile in Mobile Alabama… Reggie is waiting on his gut to decide if he will draft The Chinese Buffett or The Fat Burger…

  • Thec

    There’s a little bit to gain in the sense they make it seem that THEY were the better team and should rightly be the SB winners if not for some conspiracy.

    ++++++++++++

    Thats an opinion, not sure this is gain…imo.

  • DJ Johnny

    24.MiamiRaider78 Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    Good point Dj.

    Do it Reggie! Put down the doughnuts, wipe the powdered sugar from your face and start making the calls. First you’d have to fire DA of course.

    Lol. You have him eating donuts, a handful of posters have him at Denny’s, and there’s the IHOP contingent…either way he’s eating 24/7.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    There’s a little bit to gain in the sense they make it seem that THEY were the better team and should rightly be the SB winners if not for some conspiracy.
    ————————
    If they were a couple of blog morons maybe, but Tim Brown & Jerry Rice, Shane Lechler……..and maybe more? Nah.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Imagine if they announced GRUDEN was taking an exec spot with the Raiders right now?

    ESPN would go ccrazy

  • Al_is_theraiders

    right now reggies gut is saying….mmmmm bacon.

  • DT42

    I’ll take Tim Brown and Jerry Rice’s word over Callahan any day. I always thought it was strange that he didn’t change ANY of the playcalls or signals vs. a coach that created the language for that offense. I also thought it was strange that Gruden would even give a crash course in that language to his defense. Any normal coach would expect the playcalls to change in that situation. Becuase any normal coach WOULD change the playcalls in that situation.

    What did Chucky know that the Raider Nation didn’t?

    Callahan reminds me of a older version of Dennis Allen.

  • MiamiRaider78

    I could see him licking the powdered sugar off of tip of his fingers before he makes the call and taking a couple of minutes doing it.

    =D

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Warren Sapp‏@WarrenSapp

    Does Tim Brown have any idea if Reid & McNabb threw the NFC champ game that year too

    Retweeted by Steve Corkran

    ———————————–

    loudmouth sapp has put the fork down to chime in

  • DJ Johnny

    32.RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 2:34 pm
    Imagine if they announced GRUDEN was taking an exec spot with the Raiders right now?

    ESPN would go ccrazy

    Make it happen. I want him as HC too though.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I wonder what Reggie Mckenzie is thinking as he sits in some hotel Lobby tonight with a steak dinner ..watching this Raider coverage on ESPN

    Probaly just saying.. “we still need deppth”

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Wow. Callahan changed the O game plan 36 hours before the game. Strange zhit.

    never knew why the team hated Callahan so much. I remember CWood and CGarner going crazy the following season after the “dumbest team” remark.

    This crazy stuff can only happen under Al Davis management.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I will jsut say this.. The NFL/ The ratings/ ESPN are alot better off when the RAIDERS are a winning team again.

    Idc who u are what team u root for.. Raiders= Ratings when they are doing good

    and I do know if it wasnt for that Phuck Tuck Rule game..

    Raiders would have creamed STL in that Superbowl too.

    Its a shame Al should have went out with 5 superbowl rings.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Who remembers when Jets gave Callahan a Gatorade bath after jets beat raiders in 09?

    He was just the OLINE COACH.. i wonder what kind of crap he told the jets players that week

  • dr_robert

    callahan and /or al davis changed the gameplan.

    the players were pizzed.

    robbins freaked out and went nuts.

    gruden stepped in as scout qb during the week, calling out all the plays.

    the bucs were calling out all the plays.

    brown and others already didn’t like callahan and were probably mad at gruden for leaving, so they called “sabotage”. thta’s what it felt like.

    if anything, callahan, after meeting with al davis and gannon, decided to go with their mvp to try to win the game. makes sense in a lot of ways.

    but callahan made two huge coaching gaffes. panicking and changing ur plan last minute. and even bigger, not changing the lingo.

    that’s a big red flag right there. what was he thinking? and why was gruden calling out all the changes at practice?

    it’s hard to know what’s coming when the run is called in the huddle. but when u know all the line calls for passes, it’s easy pickings.

    gannon and the raiders didn’t stand a chance.

    of course the defense also sucked that day.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    n ow bobby aprils interview sounds like a raider coach…

  • DJ Johnny

    I like this story coming out cuz it might force Hub Arkush to face up to the Gruden rumors he started.

    He’ll be on the air in Chicago in about 25 minutes.

    That dummy totally went into hiding on his “breaking news” that Gruden was coming to Oakland.

    He defended his story and his “sources” even after Zak Gilbert (Raider PR guy) angrily and vehemently denied them, saying he’d been e-mailing with Zak back and forth and that he “stands by the original report”.

    Crickets from that Gallagher look a like since then.

  • The Big Banana

    I also thought it was strange that Gruden would even give a crash course in that language to his defense. Any normal coach would expect the playcalls to change in that situation. Becuase any normal coach WOULD change the playcalls in that situation.

    —-

    Interesting point. And before anyone says it would have been impossible to change the calls before the game, remember that it was apparently enough time for the TB defense to LEARN them. Keep in mind Lynch’s quote during the game.

  • Priesttj12

    Thec Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 2:26 pm
    Priesttj12, what up Brother? when i said yesterday this story would have legs, I did not know it would turn into a millapede…

    right now this story is bigger than the SB itself.
    **********************************
    Thec as I said last night this story is old news, we have hashed this over and over again. What exactly happened to BRobb and why did it happen?

    I knew it would go off because it had already happened the rest is the way the media is today…….period

    Somebody got to Barret Robbins that much I KNOW.

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  • mcfadden20.

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    n ow bobby aprils interview sounds like a raider coach…

    —-

    Where are you getting all these interviews from?

  • DT42

    Hey I remember when Callahan ran out to his former teams Head Coach after getting crushed 37-6 and gave him a big hug and was all smiles and making jokes………oh wait that was Dennis Allen. It’s so easy to mistake those two.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    LOL and just like that rockin raider/ madden raider/ sully dr slob get lined up and slapped like the three stooges.

    Consider yourselves / self owned!!!!

    cross posting nit wit