Former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown is blaming former coach Bill Callahan for the team’s blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Callahan is now the offensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys and Brown says the team deviated from the original game plan to run the ball to a pass-heavy plan. Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon attempted 44 passes in the 48-21 loss and was picked off five times, including three that were returned for touchdowns. The team ran the ball only 11 times.
“We all called it sabotage … because Callahan and Gruden were good friends,” Brown said to SiriusXM NFL Radio. ”And Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders. You know, only came [to Oakland] because Gruden made him come.”
“It’s hard to say 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.”