For one day at least, the 4-12 Raiders stole the headlines from the NFC champion 49ers during Super Bowl week. (Or weeks.)
Former Oakland wide receiver Tim Brown has complained for years about the performance of former head coach Bill Callahan in Super Bowl XXXVII after the 2002 season, and now he is saying that Callahan sabotaged Oakland's chances in the 48-21 loss to the Bucs. Brown thinks Callahan changed the game plan at the last minute so his good buddy, former Raiders and then-Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden, could win.
Many of Brown's former teammates called the theory crazy, but one notable ex-Raider didn't: Jerry Rice later suggested that Callahan disliked his team and players so much that he would try not to win.
Absurd? Let Brown paint the picture.
"We get our game plan for victory on Monday, and the game plan says we're gonna run the ball," Brown told SiriusXM NFL Radio, noting that the Raiders had a big size advantage on the line. Then he said Callahan changed the plan the Friday before the game and wanted to "throw the ball 60 times."
"We all called it sabotage ... because Callahan and Gruden were good friends," Brown said. "And Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders. You know, only came because Gruden made him come. Literally walked off the field on us a couple of times during the season when he first got there, the first couple years."
So Callahan hated his team so much that, on the precipice of professional and personal glory, he would let his friend prevail?
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/raiders/article/Startling-claim-on-Callahan-Super-Bowl-4215594.php#ixzz2Iokgx0tZ
Startling claim on Callahan, Super Bowl
San Francisco Chronicle | Jan 23