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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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  • dr_robert

    hey! rob raider! that’s me! what the…

  • Priesttj12

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 6:43 pm
    Newsflash: Beating Carson Palmer out for a starting QB job in 2013 is NOT that big of an accomplisment, IMO.

    One could do that, and still not be that good of an NFL starting QB.
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    Oh really! Now that is some concession boy!

    I thought you were just recently saying there was NO WAY he could EVER start in this league. So before long you’ll be saying don’t compare him to HOF players.

    JFB do yourself a favor……….stop talking!

    That way they’ll never know just how silly you are……..period

  • Priesttj12

    raidertalk Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 6:46 pm
    At least Gradkowski won a game against a playoff team. Wake me up when Pryor wins a game, even a preseason game.
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    Well at least you’ll get a chnace to sleep until preseason starts. Get your rest….you’ll need it.

  • raidertalk

    I saw a Raider game once…it was against Dallas, I think it was a preseason game. This guy named Pryor was the fastest guy on the field. He would duck and dive and avoid all the pass-rush of the cowgirls, get loose and…Thrown the ball end-over-end to the feet of wide-open receivers.

    This guy at the end of the game said “I sucked, everyone else was good, but I sucked.”

  • Priesttj12

    adios!

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’m sorry you won’t share in my joyousness.

    ****************

    I would be happy from the cap flexibility standup.

    But, in just my opin, beating out Palmer shouldn’t either be that far-fetched, and any indicator of being anything other than maybe the 25th best QB in the NFL.

  • CDERaider

    Callahan’s a punk. Worst super bowl coaching ever. Running the ball down their throats was the right approach – to change it last minute is unacceptable.

    After tanking the Raiders, he went to Nebraska and tanked that program. Huskers only now coming out of the damage he did.

    10 year anniversary of the worst day in Raider history, and they still haven’t recovered.

  • dr_robert

    2012:

    flacco #12 passer 87.7 3817 yards 22 tds 10 ints (in 16 games)

    palmer #16 passer 85.3 4018 yards 22 tds 14 ints (in 14 games)

    nobody was saying flacco was great during the season.

    his TEAM wins two games in the playoffs and suddenly he’s great.

    i never knew fans were this stupid. honestly.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Priesttj12 Says:
    There was no competition for the starting position until today. Palmer was thought by many to be a LOCK…….well think again because it might be the boy wonder TP6.
    ===================================================

    If that’s who’s competing, Palmer’s a lock. Don’t despair, Pryor may win that competition in 2014.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I thought you were just recently saying there was NO WAY he could EVER start in this league.

    ********************************

    LOL….do you hear voices in your head????

    I have my doubts on his arm talent being NFL quality, but never said such a thing.

  • RaiderDebo

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    But you’ve got to admit that he’s played better in the playoffs the last two years then he did the previous three.

    ***************************

    It is actually the past 3 years he has improved in the playoffs, 13 TD to 2 INT’s, and that timeline also coincides with Hue leaving as his QB coach.

    That NE-Colts season was 4 playoffs ago, 2009. Hue Jackson at the helm. 0 TD’s 3 INT’s, 220 yards passing in 2 games.
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    Too bad for JaMarcus he got drafted here instead of Baltimore. No shot to succeed here. In fact, can’t think of one of our 1st rund draft picks to thrive here thae last few years.

  • DJ Johnny

    U guys don’t get what i’m saying.

    IF…Pryor were to prove himself a better passer than Palmer…than we are set imo.

    WILL HE?

    Also, Priest, Debo and Mistic are all the same person.

    Just so you know.

  • Just Fire Baby

    nobody was saying flacco was great during the season.

    ************************

    I was, because he is.

    He is playing a first placed schedule, so while Carson was pooping the bed against the Dolphins and Jaquars, Flacco was playing the Patriots and Texans.

  • RaiderDebo

    dr_robert Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 6:51 pm
    2012:

    flacco #12 passer 87.7 3817 yards 22 tds 10 ints (in 16 games)

    palmer #16 passer 85.3 4018 yards 22 tds 14 ints (in 14 games)

    nobody was saying flacco was great during the season.

    his TEAM wins two games in the playoffs and suddenly he’s great.

    i never knew fans were this stupid. honestly.

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    Give me Joe Flacco over Carson Palmer 110 times out of 100. Not even in the same universe. Stats are for losers!

  • RaiderDebo

    DJ Johnny Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    U guys don’t get what i’m saying.

    IF…Pryor were to prove himself a better passer than Palmer…than we are set imo.

    WILL HE?

    Also, Priest, Debo and Mistic are all the same person.

    Just so you know.

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

    LOL! Thanks for the heads up.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I will take 10 INTs in 16 games on a first placed schedule over 14 INT’s in 14 games against a 3rd placed schedule.

    Carson’s stats also have pretty much 8 home games to 6 road games.

  • ESETERIK78

    DJ Johnny Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    U guys don’t get what i’m saying.

    IF…Pryor were to prove himself a better passer than Palmer…than we are set imo.

    WILL HE?

    Also, Priest, Debo and Mistic are all the same person.

    Just so you know.

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    What I like about him is HE’S HUNGRY.

    Palmer made a lot of money, and will make a lot more, for just showing up.

    Pryor has everything to prove and everything to gain.

  • DJ Johnny

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 6:55 pm
    nobody was saying flacco was great during the season.

    ************************

    I was, because he is.

    He is playing a first placed schedule, so while Carson was pooping the bed against the Dolphins and Jaquars, Flacco was playing the Patriots and Texans.

    Yes becuz QB is the only position that matters.

    Does Balt. have a running game? Ray Rice compared to DMACS 3.3 ypc?

    Does Balt. have a defense?

    Does Balt have receivers like Boldin and Torrey Smith or does Flacco have guys like DHB (Mr. Dropsie) or an undrafted rookie who caught 19 passes in college and another reciever who’s not even rated in the top 60 in the league?

    None of that matters though.

    QB’s should just play with robots cuz nothing or no one else matters on a team.

    The Oakland Palmers wnet 4-12 and the Baltimore Flaccos are going to the SB.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    If Reggie could figure out a way of getting rid of Palmer, without severe financial consequences, he’d be gone.

    He’s just not worth 13 million in this situation.

  • ESETERIK78

    DJ Johnny Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 7:01 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 6:55 pm
    nobody was saying flacco was great during the season.

    ************************

    I was, because he is.

    He is playing a first placed schedule, so while Carson was pooping the bed against the Dolphins and Jaquars, Flacco was playing the Patriots and Texans.

    Yes becuz QB is the only position that matters.

    Does Balt. have a running game? Ray Rice compared to DMACS 3.3 ypc?

    Does Balt. have a defense?

    Does Balt have receivers like Boldin and Torrey Smith or does Flacco have guys like DHB (Mr. Dropsie) or an undrafted rookie who caught 19 passes in college and another reciever who’s not even rated in the top 60 in the league?

    None of that matters though.

    QB’s should just play with robots cuz nothing or no one else matters on a team.

    The Oakland Palmers wnet 4-12 and the Baltimore Flaccos are going to the SB.

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    4-12 with the highest payroll.

    Thanks Al.

  • dr_robert

    Debo–u still think Russell was mishandled and that’s why he failed. So ur football acumen is that of a mental patient.

    Stats are for losers? Spoken like someone who has never u set stood the game on any level.

    Do u understand that “stats” are simply compiling what u “did”.

    It’s actually unsupported opinions that for losers.

    A lot of u guys would really have problems with things like financial statements. I can see it now:

    IRS: “Sir ur financials are seriously out of order.”
    Debo: “Man, numbers are for losers.”
    IRS: “Well, u rethink that in jail and get back to us.”

  • Just Fire Baby

    Does Balt. have a defense?

    ***********************

    Didn’t they give up 35 points two weeks ago?

    Flacco bailed out that whole team by being MONEY in that 2nd half.

    Quit being so overdramatic, every position counts, you can’t be woefully inadequate at ANY spot and win a Super Bowl.

    But all kinds of QB’s have willed a crappy team to at least the first round of the playoffs. Hell Carson did it the beginning of his career.

    He ain’t that player anymore. He wilted last year, threw bone-headed picks at the worst time, and couldn’t finish the season, in spite of being hit fewer than only 3 other QB’s in the world.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    RaiderDebo Says:
    Give me Joe Flacco over Carson Palmer 110 times out of 100. Not even in the same universe. Stats are for losers!
    ======================================================

    Is that almost as far away as being on a different planet?

  • Rob_raider

    raidertalk Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Honestly I have no idea how any RAIDER fan could be a fan of Brady given how they cheated us. But stranger things have happen in this world.
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    Didn’t that Patty Hearst woman fall in love with her kidnappers? Whats the name of that syndrome?

    Brainwashing.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Seriously, JFB? You did see that hit, didn’t you?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Stockholm syndrome.

    A good diagnosis of all these Raider fans slobbering over the 49ers.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Stockholm.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Seriously, JFB? You did see that hit, didn’t you?

    *************************

    Well that’s what you get when you run bootleg, on the road, dodge a defender and stay planted in the same spot still.

    What a terrible decision on his part. It was 3rd and 1!!!! Get rid of the rock or run.

    But hey, we converted the first with the flag, lol. Knapp’s offense at it’s finest. Our best 3rd and 9 play was the Carson hang his WR out to dry and get drilled and draw the defenseless reciever flag.

  • http://raidahs.com Mr Green

    Callahan farted and it confused him. The wind was blowin in the wrong direction. BFD. Gannon had a bad day. That is why the Raidahs lost. I was there. REPEAT: Gannon had a bad day. A very bad day. Was fcking bull manure how a league MVP could nose dive into the toilet. Gannon had a meltdown day. BR didn’t help matters, that is a fact. But Callahan could of done better. No doubt. Bottom line, it was a very dark evening in Raidah lore. The ghost of that loss still haunts the deepest corners of 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway.
    Mr Green has spoken.

    :mrgreen:

  • ESETERIK78

    Rob_raider Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 7:07 pm
    raidertalk Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Honestly I have no idea how any RAIDER fan could be a fan of Brady given how they cheated us. But stranger things have happen in this world.
    ———————————————————
    Didn’t that Patty Hearst woman fall in love with her kidnappers? Whats the name of that syndrome?

    Brainwashing.

    ——————————-

    F*** Brady. F*** Baltimore. Still haven’t forgotten what that glob of pork fat Siragusa did to Rich Gannon.

    And since I can’t stand anything SF, this SB pretty much sucks for me.

  • dr_robert

    Lol. Palmer now being blamed for not finishing the season after having ribs broken and lung punctured.

    Where’s the love for ur players raiders fans?

  • beach

    With all of the money involved in the game today, really makes one wonder about games being fixed. Like how did Matt Ryan choke up in the 2nd half, after making the 49er secondary look like garbage in the first half?

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

    Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie says QB Terrelle Pryor will get a shot at the team’s starting job in 2013.
    The Raiders were hesitant to even let Pryor push Matt Leinart for No. 2 duties in 2012, so it’s a bit of a surprise. That, coupled with Carson Palmer’s massive cap number mean any camp competition is likely to be a token one, but it’s encouraging the Raiders appear to be adopting a more open-minded approach on offense after former OC Greg Knapp’s rigid system went nowhere fast. The success of Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson and the like means Pryor is far more likely to get a starting opportunity than he once was, but it’s unlikely it will come in 2013. Nevertheless, his Dynasty stock is rising.——————————————————–

    Rather talk about the future of the Raiders, not the former wideout’s who are irrelevent and have an axe to grind.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I would love to trade down far enough to get a 2nd round pick, and draft Te’O in the 1st, Franklin in the 2nd and Honey Badger in the 3rd.

    The best MLB, RB and kick returner in the draft.

    Can’t go wrong with that right? Draft some interior lineman in the 4th round and later.

    And also my super-duper sleeper, Taylor Accardi, the best punter in college maybe in the 7th round with one of our 3 7th rounders.

  • dr_robert

    There’s a great qb going to Super Bowl. But it ain’t flacco.

  • ESETERIK78

    dr_robert Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 7:13 pm
    Lol. Palmer now being blamed for not finishing the season after having ribs broken and lung punctured.

    Where’s the love for ur players raiders fans?

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    I don’t blame Palmer. I blame DA for that. Should’ve been playing Pryor long before that could’ve even happened.

  • dr_robert

    JFB–u think our 2nd and 3rd greatest needs are RB (DMc, Reece, Goodson) and KR (ford)?

    Wow. I….I…..I……just don’t know what to say to that.

  • Just Fire Baby

    3rd and 1, and your QB drifts around the LOS for 5 seconds and never looks at his back-side.

    That’s how you get hurt, who do you blame for it then? It was a designed bootleg, throw or run option.

    No hang-around-forever option.

  • Rob_raider

    *Pryor has everything to prove and everything to gain.*

    Can’t that be said about 95% of the players on every team, in pretty much any sport, who’s not a top paid starter?

    Last year I read a lot of comments saying DHB was the hardest worker on the team, who has the most to prove, which guaranteed his success. IMO, they all work hard, and want success. Those that don’t don’t last long

  • dr_robert

    Did I ever tell u guys that Pryor sucks as a passer? Just thought I’d weigh in on the subject in case u wanted to know my opinion.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Maybe not our greatest needs, but certainly needs.

    Do you get the 15th best tackle or the best kick returner?

    I’ll take the future Devin Hester over the future Mario Henderson.

  • RaiderDebo

    Dr_robert Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Do u understand that “stats” are simply compiling what u “did”.
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    Totally understand that. The operative word being “simply”. I repeat, stats are for losers!

  • dr_robert

    Pretty sure at least three or four of u are pryor’s mom.

  • Just Fire Baby

    As far as Franklin, I just really like that kid. West coast guy, breaks a ton of tackles, polished game, off the charts intangibles.

    Hell yes we need a RB like that. Our best RB’s last year were a converted collegiate WR and an undrafted FA rookie.

  • RaiderDebo

    Beach Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 7:13 pm
    With all of the money involved in the game today, really makes one wonder about games being fixed. Like how did Matt Ryan choke up in the 2nd half, after making the 49er secondary look like garbage in the first half?
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    Because he sucks!

  • shutdown

    *This* is an account of what Jon Ritchie said:

    ‘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.’ ”

    Why are some people leaving out his last line?

    Tim Brown is making the NFL and one of the NFL’s own make baaaaad headlines. He had virtually no shot at the Hall before, and with this lunacy, even with Al hater’s getting to vote, he has even less of a chance.

  • dr_robert

    Debo–I want to be clear. U don’t care what a player DOES on the field. That means nothing to u when forming an opinion. U simply look at the score and whoever the winning qb is, is the best.

    Yep. Housewife.

  • ESETERIK78

    Rob_raider Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 7:17 pm
    *Pryor has everything to prove and everything to gain.*

    Can’t that be said about 95% of the players on every team, in pretty much any sport, who’s not a top paid starter?

    Last year I read a lot of comments saying DHB was the hardest worker on the team, who has the most to prove, which guaranteed his success. IMO, they all work hard, and want success. Those that don’t don’t last long

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    Yeah, I suppose you could. The problem is I don’t see it manifesting itself through attitude when I watch the Raiders. Palmer may be the strong silent type, but I tend to think he’s way too laid back–I never see him get upset about anything. He needs to go back to Orange County and be Lane Kiffin’s QB coach. His fire for leading and winning is out. That, and he holds the ball like a loaf of bread. Just my opinion.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Ravens were 5-11 the year before Flacco arrived, hadn’t won a playoff game in 7 years.

    Isn’t that a meaningful statisical note?

  • shutdown

    Sounds like Timmy has a “hate-on” for Callahan and his rise in Dallas. Doesn’t Timmy live in Texas and follow the Cowboys?