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WR Brown accuses former coach Callahan of sabotaging Super Bowl

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 11:59 am in Oakland Raiders.

Former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown said coach Bill Callahan may have sabotaged Oakland’s chances of winning Super Bowl XXXVII against Tampa Bay 10 years ago by changing the game plan two days before the game.

Although stopping short of blaming Callahan, Brown suggested that the change in plans could have contributed to Pro Bowl center Barret Robbins’ going AWOL from the team and missing the Super Bowl due to substance abuse.

Tampa Bay and former Raiders coach Jon Gruden wound up beating the Raiders 48-21.

In an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Brown said the Raiders knew they didn’t have a chance to beat the Buccaneers when Callahan switched from a run-oriented plan to a pass-heavy attack on Friday.

“We get our game plan for victory on Monday, and the game plan says we’re gonna run the ball,” Brown said Saturday in a transcript provided by ProFootballTalk.com. “We averaged 340 (pounds) on the offensive line, they averaged 280 (on the defensive line). We’re all happy with that, everybody is excited. ”

Then, Brown said, Callahan inexplicably switched plans on the Friday before the game and planned on “throwing the ball 60 times.”

“We all called it sabotage . . . because Callahan and (Tampa Bay coach Jon) Gruden were good friends,” Brown said. “And Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders. You know, only came because Gruden made him come.
Literally walked off the field on us a couple of times during the season when he first got there, the first couple years. So really he had become someone who was part of the staff but we just didn’t pay him any attention. Gruden leaves, he becomes the head coach. . . . It’s hard to say that the guy sabotaged the Super Bowl. You know, can you really say that? That can be my opinion, but I can’t say for a fact that that’s what his plan was, to sabotage the Super Bowl. He hated the Raiders so much that he would sabotage the Super Bowl so his friend can win the Super Bowl. That’s hard to say, because you can’t prove it.

“But the facts are what they are, that less than 36 hours before the game we changed our game plan. And we go into that game absolutely knowing that we have no shot. That the only shot we had if Tampa Bay didn’t show up.”

Brown said Robbins pleaded with Callahan to stick with the original game plan. As the center, Robbins was responsible for making line calls, which he had practiced all week anticipating a pass-happy attack, Brown said.

“Barret Robbins begged Coach Callahan, ‘Do not do this to me. I don’t have time to make my calls, to get my calls ready. You can’t do this to me on Friday. We haven’t practiced full speed, we can’t get this done,’”

“I’m not saying one had anything to do with the other,” Brown said. “All I’m saying is those are the facts of what happened Super Bowl week. So our ire wasn’t towards Barret Robbins, it was towards Bill Callahan. Because we feel as if he wouldn’t have did what he did, then Barret wouldn’t have done what he did.

“Now, should Barret have manned up and tried to do it? Absolutely. But everybody knew Barret was unstable anyway. So to put him in that situation — not that he was putting him in that situation — but for that decision to be made without consulting the players the Friday before the Super Bowl? I played 27 years of football. The coaches never changed the game plan the Friday before the game. I’m not trying to point fingers at anybody here, all I’m saying is those are the facts of what happened. So people look at Barret and they say all these things, but every player in that locker room will tell you, ‘You’d better talk to Bill Callahan.’ Because if not for Coach Callahan, I don’t think we’re in that situation.”

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  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist
  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Good morning, Raider fans. Cork is not waking up soon and I don’t blame him.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Did you even go to be Purvis, or are we on a blog bender?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    It’s bad and i have to let the chickns out soon. And I’m still drinking beer and its dark outside.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    That would be a yes. Good morning.

  • Just Fire Baby

    That gives a new meaning to Chicken and Beer!!!!!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    go to be Purvis
    ===========================
    I did that and will rue it all day

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Chicken and waffles and I might be OK.

  • hwnrdr

    Much Better I guess…
    500 compared to 4k
    Good Morning!

  • hwnrdr

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 6:15 am
    Chicken and waffles and I might be OK.

    Oooh, that sounds good!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Partial explanation.
    If border collies are the smartest dogs,
    I’m awfully glad I didn’t get a dumber one.
    He did just tell me about a skunk I’ve known
    and the flashlight on my 20 gauge needed checking anyway

    Changed the battery, checked the shells and hoped like hell
    not to have to shoot anything. I got lucky, But I hope
    this dog grows up to be the dog I want him to be.

    He’s young.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’ve done the Chicken and Waffles thing a few times, but never for breakfast.

    Not sure that is the “healthy start” to the morning.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Coffee, chickn and waffles, beter than beer and cold pizza. Good idea, I’ll go make coffee.
    And then shoot the skunk.

  • hwnrdr

    Lets see if everyone else returns here…

  • Just Fire Baby

    Hwn,

    Curious what the feel is in the Bay Area, after the SB.

    People aligning with Jim and griping about the refs, or do must people think he needs to tone it down?

  • hwnrdr

    They are a bunch of fans complaining about the refs and what not…but who cares? It’s done…
    My wife works in SF every Monday and she told me last night that there were NO 49er signs, flags, jerseys, hats…anything! LOL…I just had to laugh!

  • hwnrdr

    In my opinion, JFB…I think Jim Harbaugh needs to tone it down. He’s gonna have a heart attack soon. i don’t like the Harbaughs, but I would hate to see that!

  • hwnrdr

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 7:34 am
    You guys read anything before you post? I had more faith in the morning crew. Where the he11 is Gabby?

    Ahhh…you remember Gabby? I could use some breakfast right now…lol

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    JFB got me to make coffee just in time to drag the sgnificant other out of bed to see a pretty nice sunrise over the Sierras.

  • R8ER MIKE

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 7:45 am
    JFB got me to make coffee just in time to drag the sgnificant other out of bed to see a pretty nice sunrise over the Sierras.

    ************
    ?? is that what you kids call it these days ??

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    The animated coach vs. the stoic one always amused me as we went from John Madden to Tom Flores. Don’t remember Shula or Landry being very animated, either.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    After a couple marriages each!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Oh, you the DOB? Probably not as D or O as me!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Gotta talk to mom about the B! Might be the mailman.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    When you reward a dog for not barking for a couple hours,does the message ever sink in? Like I said, he’s a year old Border Collie(not papered, I don’t care) He is trying.

  • r8eray

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 6:27 am
    I’ve done the Chicken and Waffles thing a few times, but never for breakfast.

    Not sure that is the “healthy start” to the morning.

    =========

    How about a nice bowl of weedies?

    Always worked for me!!

    Vegas, have you had a chance to check out Black Mesa G.C.?

    Some cat told me it was New Mexico’s version of Wolf Creek.

  • hwnrdr

    A nice bowl of Weedies? Gren party?

  • hwnrdr

    It’s National Pancake Day! IHOP is offering free pancakes til 10 AM

  • r8eray

    You now tell us with a little over a hour left?

    Lol…

    See ya guys later, gotta get me my free pancakes!!

  • hwnrdr

    r8eray Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 8:53 am
    You now tell us with a little over a hour left?

    Lol…

    See ya guys later, gotta get me my free pancakes!!

    LOL, sorry Ray!

  • DJ Johnny

    I went back to the other thread cuz no one was commenting over here, but I see this one is back and operational.

    Awesome. To have to open a word doc then copy and paste and wait 5 minutes for the page to load just to make a comment is just too much work.

  • DJ Johnny

    It’s funny everyone thinks Reggie either goes to IHOP or Denny’s and he’s there 24/7.

    If someone could get a picture of him there it’d be pretty funny.

  • DJ Johnny

    Off topic but…

    Any of you guys ever watch Justified on FX?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Vegas, have you had a chance to check out Black Mesa G.C.?

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

    Never heard of it, until I just googled it.

    It is in Espanola, which is in Rio Arriba county, which has the highest meth addiction per capita rate in the country.

    And it is something ridiculous like 18% of the population.

  • R8ER MIKE

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 7:54 am
    Oh, you the DOB? Probably not as D or O as me!

    *******************
    lol lol … will be 50 this year and about as dirty and nasty as i can be !! lol lol

  • R8ER MIKE

    hwnrdr Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 8:45 am
    A nice bowl of Weedies? Gren party?

    ******************
    lol lol.. thats called a wake and bake !!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Hey did you guys know that Chris Johnson is grateful to Hue and the organization?

  • R8ER MIKE

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 9:15 am
    Hey did you guys know that Chris Johnson is grateful to Hue and the organization?

    **************
    relay?? and just where did you hear this ??

  • hwnrdr

    LOL, CJ should be…now he has a SB victory on his resume’

  • The_Judge37

    Is anyone really that comfortable with Ross, Adams and Joselio as our CB’s next year?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’m not comfortable with 90% of the roster.

    Joselio as the slot, 3rd DB doesn’t worry me too much though.

  • papertiger418

    I always felt as for CJ37, but seeing that headline up for the past week has dulled my sympathy.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The 10% of the roster I am comfy with (5) guys:

    Seabass, Bryant, Veldheer, Condo, Andre CArter

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

    The roster is not 90% bad. Not even close. This is a game of synergy where how good or bad a player looks has an awful lot to do with the scheme and the play of the other 10 guys around him. One or two weaker players and a scheme that isn’t the best can make an All-Pro look lame.

    For instnace, it’s no coincidence that the much maligned run blocking unit went from looking horrible to actually pretty good just by replacing the RB with one that ran the same system they were.

    Upgrade the two or three weakest players on each unit and you’d be amazed how much better the guys around them will look.

  • The_Judge37

    Looking at the FA list for CB’s and there’s some old names on there, but don’t know much about their recent play, but they should be affordable and willing to come to Oak.

    Terrance Newman, Drayton Florence, Marcus Trufaunt, maybe even Chris Carr again

  • J Hill

    Sad thing is, JFB, I can only come up with about 5-10 guys I MIGHT add to your list.

    Wiz
    Streater
    Adams
    Ross
    Chekwa
    Houston
    Goodson
    Ford
    Pryor
    Palmer

  • hwnrdr

    I don’t think that Chris Carr will come back here, but y ou never know! At least he was a returner as well. Not sure if he did it recently though! Was he on a team last year?

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

    The_Judge37 Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 9:21 am
    Is anyone really that comfortable with Ross, Adams and Joselio as our CB’s next year?

    ====

    I’m comfortable with them as 3 of a group of 5. Reggie has already shown that he can find value at the DB position from essentially the scrap heap. That tells me that he can go out and find 4 or 5 more guys as good or better in free agency, assuming that he won’t pay minimum to each, to compete and let the best 3 win the starting jobs.

  • The_Judge37

    hwnrdr Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 9:36 am
    I don’t think that Chris Carr will come back here, but y ou never know! At least he was a returner as well. Not sure if he did it recently though! Was he on a team last year?
    —–

    Chargers and Vikings, I don’t know if he’s still a return man though. He’d never break the big one but at least he’d get us to the 30

  • The_Judge37

    J Hill Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 9:35 am
    Sad thing is, JFB, I can only come up with about 5-10 guys I MIGHT add to your list.

    Wiz
    Streater
    Adams
    Ross
    Chekwa
    Houston
    Goodson
    Ford
    Pryor
    Palmer
    —–

    Why has everyone given up on Moore after only one year? I’d also add Desmond Bryant to that list.