Posted January 23, 2013

Bill Callahan responds to Tim Brown sabotage allegation

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Former Raiders coach Bill Callahan said he did not sabotage a Super Bowl loss. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Former Raiders coach Bill Callahan said he did not sabotage a Super Bowl loss. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Former Oakland Raiders head coach and current Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan responded to the allegations that he sabotaged the Raiders 48-21 Super Bowl XXXVII loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by saying that he is “shocked” and “saddened” by “ludicrous” claims mostly made by former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown, reports CBSSports.com.

Brown went on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday and claimed that Callahan deviated from the game plan just days before the game. Hall of Fame receiver and Brown’s teammate Jerry Rice backed up those statement in an interview with ESPN.

“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.”

Callahan immediately went on the offensive saying those claims were not true.

“Any suggestion that I would undermine the integrity of the sport that I love and dedicated my life to, or dishonor the commitment I made to our players, coaches and fans, is flat-out wrong.  think it would be in the best interests of all, including the game America loves, that these allegations be retracted immediately.” Callahan said in a statement released Tuesday night.


4 comments
alxn
alxn

Coach is  LYING.  No one changes the Offensive game plan at the last practice, which is the lightest practice of them all. To change the focal point of the offense takes at least a week.  No COACH had ever done this before because all know what CONFUSION it would CREATE.  Allowing one of the biggest steroid cheaters (Bill Romanowski) to comment reject Brown's claim reinforce my belief the coach is lying.  Asking a CHEATER for the TRUTH is PROOF that you are LYING.  There are only 2 choices LIAR or INCOMPETENT.  Pick one, go ahead.

Sean18
Sean18

 @alxn He has a simple explanation that all the other players confirm.  Their all pro center (Robbins) went MIA in Mexico and was not going to play.  Suddenly their long snapper was the starting center in the Super Bowl.  So they had to adjust their running plays accordingly.  He should sue Brown for these ridiculous claims.

pljaye
pljaye

 @Sean18  @alxn

You should have verified the timeline before you posted your comments. Robbins went missing the day BEFORE the Super Bowl, AFTER the game plan had apparently been changed. In fact, Jerry Rice suggested that the stress of switching the game plan at the last minute may have played a role in triggering Robbins' bizarre behavior.

 

I don't think that Callahan or any other coach would ever deliberately sabotage the Super Bowl, but what kind of coach thinks that it's a good idea to totally scrap a game plan just a couple of days prior to the biggest game of his and his player's careers, especially when the scrapped game plan had been practiced for the better part of two weeks? If that was Callahan's idea and he wasn't compelled to make that change by Al Davis, then I think that it's understandable and perfectly legitimate to question the logic of that decision.

pljaye
pljaye

 @Sean18  @alxn

Actually, there was only one week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl that year, so Oakland had been practicing their game plan for four days before scrapping it two days prior to the Super Bowl. That certainly doesn't mean that Callahan tried to sabotage Oakland's chances of winning, but it does raise questions about his coaching judgment.