Former Raiders’ great and Hall of Fame candidate Tim Brown accuses Bill Callahan of sabotaging the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Appearing on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, Brown was asked by Erik Kuselias if he believes Callahan was just incompetent, or if he believes Callahan was actively trying to lose the Super Bowl. Brown chose the latter.
“I can’t say the man was incompetent because he was far from that,” Brown said. “You only leave me with one other choice so I’ll have to go ahead and take the latter of those two choices.”
Brown said that after preparing on Monday through Thursday before the Super Bowl for a run-first offense, Callahan sprung a new game plan on his players, a pass-first game plan that, according to Brown, Callahan knew would cost the Raiders the game.
“Why would you change the game plan so close to the game if you know the negative repercussions of that could cost you the game?” Brown said.
That is quite a heavy accusation.
And why is this news for Dallas Cowboys?
Well, that same Bill Callahan is currently the offensive line coach/assistant offensive coordinator for your Boys. He is also reportedly set to become the offensive coordinator and play-caller next season, per a couple of Dallas reporters we all know and mostly trust:
Jason Garrett isn’t calling offensive plays. Bill Callahan is calling the plays.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) January 22, 2013
Jerry jones confirms that jason Garrett has willingly been stripped of play calling duties.#uncomfortable
— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) January 22, 2013
Boy, Jerry Jones sure knows how to pick them, doesn’t he? Whether Brown’s allegations are silly or sour grapes or gospel, who knows? It sure seems outrageous to accuse a coach that has to win just one game to be among the immortal of shooting himself and his team in the foot on purpose.
I always liked Tom Brown and wished he was on the Cowboys, but I think this popping off at the mouth better come with some substantial proof or maybe he ought to lawyer up, because, if I were Callahan, I would sue his ass off.
Rice, who was on the Raiders team that lost Super Bowl XXXVII to the Buccaneers, said on ESPN that Callahan disliked his players, disliked his team, and was willing to let his old boss, then-Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, beat him.
“For some reason — and I don’t know why — Bill Callahan did not like me,” Rice said. “In a way, maybe because he didn’t like the Raiders, he decided, ‘Maybe we should sabotage this a little bit and let Jon Gruden go out and win this one.’”
You know, Rice has always been better seen and not heard. he is not very bright. He is inarticulate. And he needs to shut up or be shut up and I hope Callahan does that for him.
The only place Rice was ever useful was between the lines.
But I digress.
Back to Jerry Jones and his three-ring, never-a-dull-moment, anything-but-winning-football team.
What a fun mess.
Driving into 18-wheelers and throwing Super Bowls.
Imagine the controversy the first time Callahan calls a play and Romo hits a defender right in the numbers!