Tim Brown, one of if not the greatest Raiders WR of all-time, has made some serious headlines today, calling out former Raiders coach Bill Callahan over what he called was a “sabotage” of Super Bowl XXXVII between the Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brown’s big claim on Sirius XM NFL Radio is that the game plan the whole week was to run the ball down the Bucs throats, and then Friday before the game vs the Bucs, the game-plan was changed to 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.”
He also talked about the situation with center Barret Robbins, who was so upset with the change in game plan that he went AWOL in Mexico on a drinking binge and bipolar episode.
“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.”
Brown stated that Callahan hated the Raiders, and the only reason he took the job was due to the fact that his pal, Bucs coach Jon Gruden, forced him into the job when he left Oakland for Tampa.
What do you think – is Brown telling the truth? Or is he trying to make headlines?