Posted January 23, 2013

Tim Brown on Bill Callahan: “I have never said he sabotaged the (Super Bowl).”

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Former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown clarified his previous comments about coach Bill Callahan. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Sport)

Former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown clarified his previous comments about coach Bill Callahan. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Sport)

Former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown clarified his previous comments about former Raiders coach Bill Callahan, saying that he did not intend to say Callahan threw the Super Bowl.

“I have never said he sabotaged the game,” Brown said in an interview Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show

The allegations that Callahan had sabotaged the game surfaced Monday, when Brown said the coach changed the game plan in order to hurt Oakland’s chances of winning.

“We all called it sabotage, because Callahan and (Jon) Gruden was good friends, and Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, hated the Raiders, and only came because Gruden made him come,” Brown said at the time.

Jerry Rice, also a member of that Raiders team, backed Brown’s comments.

Brown said Wednesday that the idea of sabotage “was a question. It wasn’t a statement that was made. That’s not something that can be proven.” Multiple members of the team had raised the issue in the aftermath of the game, Brown said.

Brown told Patrick that the team was  upset about changes made to the game plan on the Friday before the Super Bowl, which Oakland lost 48-21 to former coach Jon Gruden and the Buccaneers. Brown conceded that he couldn’t be sure whether Raiders owner Al Davis may have been a factor in scrapping the game plan so close to the game. “It’s not out of the realm of possibilities” that Davis told Callahan to switch to a pass-heavy scheme, Brown said.

Callahan had previously denied the allegations in a statement that read, in part:

“While I fully understand a competitive professional football player’s disappointment when a game’s outcome doesn’t go his team’s way, I am shocked, saddened and outraged by Tim Brown’s allegations and Jerry Rice’s support of those allegations made through various media outlets over the last 24 hours. To leave no doubt, I categorically and unequivocally deny the sum and substance of their allegations.”


14 comments
leehwgoc
leehwgoc

I was a big fan of Tim Brown back in the day, but this crap is some truly comical nonsense.  Callahan wins that Super Bowl, and he would've instantly joined a short-list of people that have ascended to the peak of his profession, and earned a just about permanent pay-grade increase for the rest of his career.  The idea that he'd throw that chance away just because he was buddies with Gruden is just... BEYOND stupid.

 

Tim Brown was a great player, but to seriously entertain belief in an idea like this, I have to wonder if he's got an IQ of 80 or 90 or something.

ScottDeaver
ScottDeaver

Per Roger Goodell last night:

 

"For Super Bowl XLVII, we owed it to our stakeholders and fans to produce an exciting media event that would further extend the legacy of our game. It would have been irresponsible of us to ignore the opportunity presented by having in the two different divisions two brothers as coaches, each fielding a competent, above-average team. That is a once-in-a-lifetime happenstance. We have seen in the regular-season match-ups between Peyton and Eli in 2006 the tremendous value our fans place in these kinds of meetings. So of course, we made the necessary accommodations with the other teams to ensure we had the kind of marketable product this year in the Super Bowl that would be attractive to our fan base. I think everyone would agree that the playoffs produced some exciting games even with the prearranged outcomes, and that the overwhelming appetite for this year's upcoming game justifies our approach.

 

"But that wasn't the case in 2002. If a compact was reached between coaches Callahan and Gruden to ensure a specific victor, the NFL was not aware of, and did not approve of, the agreement. Such an agreement would not have benefited the NFL or our fans in any way, and we would not condone these kinds of behaviors outside the purview of the NFL. We do not have any information that indicates there is any truth to the Super Bowl XXXVII accusations, and are not at this time pursuing the issue."

kyyled5
kyyled5

kind of insulting to the 2002 bucs, one of the best defensive teams of all time.

 

plus the raiders were old and ran slant patterns all day. that defense would have beaten them straight up, even if it wasn't coached by the former coach of the opponents that day.

JasonHilliard
JasonHilliard

Did the change in the offensive game plan lead to the Raiders defense giving up 48??

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

Brown is sounding like a nut. And the less we talk about Jerry Rice and his Oakland Raiders era, middle aged man, balding cornrows, the better.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Maybe he just 'briefly lied'.

Oops, sorry, wrong story.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

Does brown need a job or something? He's beginning to remind me of Tiki Barber.

lshaffer_69
lshaffer_69

Tim Brown is a loser and after his load mouth comment about Callahan and New Bears Coach Trestmen I hope he doesnt make the Hall of Fame.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

 @ScottDeaver   Look, dude, a good troll either needs to be funny or subtle.

 

You failed at both items with this.

redout22
redout22

 @kyyled5 Agreed. I'm biased, because I'm a Bucs fan, but honestly, the way Pittman played that game on offense, and the way the defense played (I mean…a no-name free safety won MVP for crying out loud), the Raiders were going to lose that game, sabotage or not.

kyyled5
kyyled5

 @redout22 I'm a niners fan, and I distinctly recall working in an office at the time which was all Raiders fans but me. I tried to tell them it was going to be ugly, but they all bet on Oakland anyway...

 

I didn't say anything to anyone on Monday. They didn't say much either.