It's that time of the year in the NFL world where we are all focused on the biggest game of the year; the Super Bowl. For teams like the Oakland Raiders, fans remember the latest Super Bowl the Raiders played,10 years ago, losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tim Brown is remembering that game 10 years later and adding a new twist to the 48-21 defeat that the Raiders took that day.
Tim Brown has accused then-head coach Bill Callahan of "sabotaging" the Raiders chances to win the game by changing the game plan two days before the game.
Since making the claims against Callahan, many former teammates have come out either siding with or siding against Tim Brown. One might argue, such as Bill Romanowski in the link above, that Brown has gone off the deep end.
In Brown's corner is Jerry Rice, who has been the strongest supporter of Brown's claim. Rice said that he felt Callahan never liked him (Rice) since he arrived to the team.
Having a guy like Rice in Brown's corner brings Brown away from looking like he is having a Barret Robbins-type meltdown.
Speaking of Robbins, Brown also put some of the blame on Callahan for Robbin's infamous meltdown that led him to Tijuana, Mexico, after a night of substance abuse, causing him to miss the Super Bowl. Brown blames Callahan because Robbins "begged" Callahan to not change the game plan just two days before the game.
Rich Gannon, who was the NFL MVP that year, came out against Brown, saying that Callahan is a "good man" and also a "good football coach."
Whether or not it is true that Callahan sabotaged the game, which he denies, there is a consensus among the Raiders from that team that the game plan was changed two days before the game.
Earlier today, Brown came out and tried to backtrack his comments.
"I have never said that he sabotaged the game. All that was said after the game was, the question was asked about this situation," Brown said. "But no one ever said, and I said it on the radio show the other night, it's something that can never be proven. We can never go into the mind of Bill Callahan and say, 'Oh, yeah. We knew exactly what he was thinking and what he was trying to do.' All I'm saying is the question was asked."
As Brown said, we can never prove whether or not it was true sabotage, but I have a theory here if the game plan was truly changed two days before the Super Bowl as some of the players have said is the case.
Remember when Callahan called the Raiders the "dumbest team in America?" Well if Callahan did change the game plan for the Super Bowl two days before kickoff, as some players say he did, then Callahan has got to be the dumbest football coach in America.
Callahan was running Jon Gruden's offense even after Gruden was traded. He didn't even change the terminology from the Gruden offense, according to Rich Gannon.
Callahan has been a head coach once aside from the Raiders, and it was in college immediately after he was fired by Al Davis. If nobody else thinks he is good enough to be a head coach in the NFL, maybe he couldn't have won a Super Bowl anyway.
Sabotage or not.
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