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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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  • HGDaddy

    Brandian Ross ‏@BrandianRoss
    Just got some great news to end my night. Thanks to @chriscabott hardest working man in the game.

    - did RAIDERS resign him?

  • hwnrdr

    Would you guys sign Ted Ginn Jr?Would you guys sign Ted Ginn Jr?

  • hwnrdr

    And how about A. Bradshaw?

  • The_Judge37

    I wouldn’t sign Ginn, We can find a PR somewhere else, as a WR i’d rather just roll with what we got.

  • The_Judge37

    Bradshaw won’t come cheap, i’d rather give Brandon Jacobs or Cedric Benson. Some kind of Big back

  • hwnrdr

    That is true, forgot about Jacob’s falling out in SF this year!

  • The_Judge37

    I think if Ford comes back, DHB can be successful as a Slot WR. Ford and Moore both did well as outside WR’s and they’re the deep threat, go up and get it WR’s that Carson likes. DHB vs smaller CB’s over the middle would be best for him.

  • papertiger418

    I feel like we’re in exile.

  • papertiger418

    HGD

    Nice! Brandian Ross is the one guy we got from GB’s practice squad that I actually wanted to keep.

  • DJ Johnny

    551.HGDaddy Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 10:07 am
    Brandian Ross ‏@BrandianRoss
    Just got some great news to end my night. Thanks to @chriscabott hardest working man in the game.

    - did RAIDERS resign him?

    We’re usually the last to know.

    That’s one thing that hasn’t changed with this new regime….we still never know what the heck is going on ever.

  • DJ Johnny

    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?

    Judge, I think Adams is a keeper. He looks back for the ball and is always looking to make a play. Ross? I don’t know. He played pretty well but u always worry it was a fluke.

    BTW: Free agency starts 4pm on March 12th.

  • The_Judge37

    That’s one thing that hasn’t changed with this new regime….we still never know what the heck is going on ever.
    ——–

    It’s because the inside informants can’t understand Reggie’s mumblings.

  • The_Judge37

    DJ Johnny Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 11:10 am
    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?

    Judge, I think Adams is a keeper. He looks back for the ball and is always looking to make a play. Ross? I don’t know. He played pretty well but u always worry it was a fluke.

    BTW: Free agency starts 4pm on March 12th.
    ——-

    Does that include resigning your own players? or can that be done prior to the 12th? Thanks btw

  • Just Fire Baby

    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

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

    Ford, Chekwa and Palmer no. Goodson as a backup I will cede, and Houston should have been in my 5 replacing Condo.

    Pryor as a backup and trick play guy? OK
    Wiz at C or G? Because it matters.

    Ross, Adams and Streater also depends on their role. Remember the original question was whether we were comfortable. So with Adams, as a fringe roster guy, yes I am. As a starting corner and Punt Returner?? Uhhh…no

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD DAY SPORT’S FAN’S..SORRY I’M LATE..STILL DIGESTING THAT 32 OZ. BONE-IN RIBEYE + TRIMMINGS I CONSUMED SUPER SUNDAY..I NEEDED A NAP.

  • hwnrdr

    DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 11:22 am
    GOOD DAY SPORT’S FAN’S..SORRY I’M LATE..STILL DIGESTING THAT 32 OZ. BONE-IN RIBEYE + TRIMMINGS I CONSUMED SUPER SUNDAY..I NEEDED A NAP.

    LOL, I still do!

  • DJ Johnny

    Judge,

    I grabbed this from Bleacher Report:

    “Most teams will try and lock up their own players before mid-February, because once the NFL Combine starts, free agents can start talking with all the teams. The NFL changed the rule this season to give teams and agents a window to discuss deals before free agency hits in the new league year.”

    Also, this from Bleacher Report on Phillip Wheeler going to Texans:

    “The one area the Texans could address is the inside linebacker spot. Bradie James does not have much left in the tank, and the depth at the position is not great.

    Oakland Raiders linebacker Philip Wheeler has had a career year in 2012 and will be looking for a pay raise in 2013. Wheeler has played in the AFC South before (with the Indianapolis Colts) and would be a fantastic addition to a defense that already has plenty of playmakers.”

    …and this from BR on who they think Raiders should target:

    “General manager Reggie McKenzie has his work cut out for him this offseason. The Raiders lack talent in quite a few areas. If McKenzie follows the lead of former boss Ted Thompson, the Raiders GM will not make many moves in free agency.

    But the Raiders have too many holes to stand pat, so McKenzie will have to hit on the right free agents. A good start would be to upgrade the safety position by signing Jairus Byrd. The current Bill is making a case that he can be the best safety in football and is the type of playmaker the Raiders can build around.

    Head coach Dennis Allen is a defensive coach who would allow Byrd to direct traffic and make plays for the Raiders defense. Byrd is a Pro Bowl-type player that still has his best years ahead of him.

  • DJ Johnny

    You guys will love this from Bleacher Report:

    Oakland Raiders

    It wasn’t a great first season for head coach Dennis Allen.

    Harry How/Getty Images The 2012 season was a disappointment for the Oakland Raiders, as they finished with a miserable 4-12 record and major questions on both sides of the ball.

    The Raiders must make a decision about injury-prone running back Darren McFadden. The team doesn’t have enough weapons on offense to contend in the AFC.

    I liked that Allen fired offensive coordinator Greg Knapp but was unimpressed with his hire of Greg Olson to replace him. I expect the Raiders offense to struggle yet again in 2013.

    If Dennis Allen can get the defense up to snuff, Oakland could be decent next season. I don’t think that will happen, and the Raiders might be looking for yet another head coach in 2014.

    PROJECTED RECORD: 3-13

  • The_Judge37

    567. Sounds good, thanks. Hope Wheeler doesn’t leave but can’t blame anyone for taking the money. Is Byrd a FS or SS?

  • DJ Johnny

    Byrd is a FS Judge.

    There’s talk that Buffalo will make it a priority to re-sign him.

    As far as Wheeler is concerned, maybe reggie should have signed him to more than a one yr. deal.

    We can keep him for sure if Reggie franchises him.

    Is there anyone other than Wheeler worth franchising?

    I don’t think so.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Eff you people. So it takes a little longer to download. You have all day to blog, but you can’t wait a few extra secs?
    You People….

  • DJ Johnny

    Predicting 3-13 for Raiders is extremely premature. We haven’t had the draft, free agency, etc. etc.

    Plus…this guy is even admitting that if DA can get the defense up to snuff we’ll be “decent”.

    I think the offense will be much better w/o Knapp anyways and switching to the power scheme.

  • SaintKaufman

    You people?? You people? WTH is that supposed to mean? Don’t be hating on my people O.

    You people = my people = smart people!

    We shall overcome!

  • hwnrdr

    Raider O Says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 12:10 pm
    Eff you people. So it takes a little longer to download. You have all day to blog, but you can’t wait a few extra secs?
    You People….

    LOL, Dam O!

  • The_Judge37

    570. I remember Wheeler being pretty good in Indy so yeah Reggie could’ve signed him to a longer deal. Either way i Hope they resign him, it’d be better and cheaper to Franchise Lechler.

    And i’d love to have anyone at FS other than Huff and Gio

  • The_Judge37

    We’ll see about Olsen. I don’t think it’s just a scheme that will do wonders for our offense. Hue was creative with the plays and calls and that’s what helps a lack of talent get by. All the reverses, screens and traps help keep a D off balance so when we do have to drop back and throw a traditional play our offensive line has a little bit of an edge.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Only my people would take offense to the term ‘you people’ if said by my people to you people, unless you people said you people to my people,which would be offensive to you people, I think. Or maybe my people think. Or yours.

  • The_Judge37

    Well looks like MY PEOPLE started a revolution and then bailed because not enough people showed up.

  • Los mal ojos

    I agree with the Golden Haired Hero on that my people/you people thing.

  • Golden Haired Hero

    I hadn’t said anything yet, and I disagree.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Where the he11 is :mrgreen; when you need him?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Or :mrgreen:

  • The_Judge37

    Lions just cut RG Steven Peterman and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch

  • DJ Johnny

    Lechler has been a great punter for us and I don’t say this to take anything away from him, but imo i’d rather release or trade him and go with the young Marquette King.

    I’d rather use the money towards a # 1 stud receiver.

    Maybe if we use that $$$ in improving the offense we won’t have to punt so much in the first place.

    Lechler is due alot of cash and imo it’s a luxury the Raiders cannot afford with so many other needs.

  • The_Judge37

    Lechler is not due a lot of cash, he’s an UFA. If we franchised him he’d get paid the average of the top 4-5 punters in the league, and average his $4 million per year is no longer part of. So really Franchising him would cost around a Million or so.

    Also King had some big kicks in his 3 games of Punting but he also had like 3-4 line drive punts. A Rookie Punter isn’t going to come in and make us forget about the best in the league.

    Either way Lechler is the best in the league, and he deserves to be paid as such, not Al Davis style but at least 1.5 Mill. Not like that would do much in adding a game changing player.

  • DJ Johnny

    I’ve always liked Palmer going back to his senior yr. at USC. I liked him with Cincy, and was very excited we got him in that deal, but I try to be fair in my assessment and am not gonna ignore his failings.

    With that being said, he has shown he is not the QB that can take a bad team to the playoffs. That’s reality and it was proven the last couple yr’s.

    I don’t know how many QBs that CAN do that. There are very few that can in the league and those guys aren’t going anywhere…but they are aging.

    Brady won’t last forever, and Peyton won’t either.

    I can’t think of any examples where a truly BAD team was led to the playoffs. Colts? With Manning gone they go 2-14 then Luck arrives and they’re back to 11-5. I guess that’s one example.

    I’m willing to say sayonarra to Palmer if need be, but like I said, there are maybe 3-4 QB’s in the league who I think can take a truly bad team and lead em to the playoffs and I don’t know where we’re gonna get one of those.

  • DJ Johnny

    # 585, Judge, I hadn’t considered the option of franchising him. Interesting take.

    Would franchising Wheeler make more sense if need be?

    Outside of those two guys, which of our FA’s could be considered a franchise worthy guy?

    It isn’t a long list is it…lol.

  • The_Judge37

    The WCO was so stupid to put Carson Palmer in. It focusus on everything he’s NOT good at. Accuracy, Quick Thinking, Mobility.

    He just needs some WR’s who will attack the ball in the air and time to throw those deep routes. Get him those things and he’ll lead us to the Playoffs. Moore and Ford on the Outside, DHB in the Slot, Streater and Criner in enemy territory.

  • The_Judge37

    No, it’s only those two. Bryant is another i want back but Franchising him would be in 8-9 millions, he can be signed cheaper than that. If it came between Franchising Wheeler or Shane, then Wheeler it is. But Shane is a game changer, we’ve just been spoiled by his punts for too long.

  • The_Judge37

    WR’s who attack the ball are what CP3 has had his in entire career. With Jarret in USC, Chad and TO in Cincy. That’s why he loves throwing to Moore and not DHB, who has to catch with his body. But Put DHB in the slot vs small CB’s and LB’s, he’ll be good like Housh was for Carson

  • The_Judge37

    588. Great post! They should move DHB in the slot and work Ford and Moore on the outside.

  • SaintKaufman

    I object!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Had real high hopes for our offense in general and Palmer in particular.
    Knapp came back,and I made allowances in my expectations.
    With the exactly wrong offensive scheme, blocking and play calling, Carson exceeded all expectations and is the only reason Knapp is still employed.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    It was verging on criminal, how bad it was.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    I’m an object, too.

  • HGDaddy

    Chris Wesseling ‏@ChrisWesseling

    Sources tell @JasonLaCanfora there is “no way” the #Raiders will pay Carson Palmer his scheduled $13M in 2013 http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/21651629/cap-casualty-season-here-are-some-likely-bigname-victims

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Franchising doesn’t work. He gets the greater amount however it works out. He’ll be offered maybe 3 million by another team. Fine, match it and make him our number 3 QB.
    Why does no one see the wisdom here?
    Palmer goes down, Pryor goes down, the Raiders aint going to the Superbowl with Charlie Frye, JP Losman, Bruce Gradkowski, or Shane Lechler. Jano’s happy, Lechler’s happy, Condo’s probably happy.
    Unless you’re really, seriously, absolutely concerned we’re letting the next Ray Guy/Shane Lechler get away?

    And, we own King. We can get something for him!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    :mrgreen: I got real bored with a noisy dog and no sleep in sight last night.
    Pardon the plagiarism.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    And, we own King. We can get something for him!
    =======================================

    Please tell Miss Tick I said that!

  • Dan78

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