For many Oakland Raiders fans, Super Bowl XXXVII loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a sore spot and it appears that legendary Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown is questioning if his head coach might have thrown the game.
Brown while making a guest appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio mentioned that Callahan changed his gameplan 48-hours prior to the big game and might have done that to help his friend Jon Gruden win:
"We get our game plan for victory on Monday, and the game plan says we're gonna run the ball," Brown said. "We averaged 340 (pounds) on the offensive line, they averaged 280 (on the defensive line). We're all happy with that, everybody is excited."Since Brown's comments, then-Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon has come out against them in a subsequent interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio's "The Blitz":
But Brown said Callahan, now the offensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys, called an audible the Friday before the game, switching from a run-heavy attack to a passing one.
"We all called it sabotage ... because Callahan and 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. ... That's hard to say, because you can't prove it."
"In terms of Bill Callahan, he's a good football coach. He's a good man. I don't think he would intentionally -- ever (not try to win.) Nor do I think anyone would ever. There was too much in it for all of us. There was too much vested in trying to become world champions. From a selfish perspective, we all wanted to win. I'm sure Bill Callahan was one of them," Gannon said.