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Former Bucs respond to Bill Callahan allegations: We killed them fair and square

bill callahan raidersWe already know how many of 2002 Oakland Raiders feel about Tim Brown claiming that Bill Callahan sabotaged the team in Super Bowl XXXVII. Aside from Jerry Rice, it appears that Brown’s opinion is not shared by many members of the team. And it certainly isn’t shared by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who feel they earned the victory.

“You’re telling me (Callahan) threw it, Super Bowl, everything on the line?” Warren Sapp told Martin Fennelly of The Tampa Tribune over the phone. “That’s like being at 25,000 on Mount Everest, and you only got 4,000 feet left, crisp, clear, top of the mountain in sight, and you just go, ‘Nah, I think I’ll just lay here a while.’”

Former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks said “some things don’t deserve a response,” but added that he texted Keyshawn Johnson and some of his other former teammates when he heard about Brown’s comments.

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Bill Callahan calls Super Bowl allegations ‘ludicrous;’ Tim Brown backpedals

bill callahan raidersFormer Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan released a statement on Tuesday night addressing allegations made by former players that he intentionally threw Super Bowl XXVII against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As expected, he denied that there was any truth behind it and expressed how offended he is by what Tim Brown and Jerry Rice said.

“I am shocked, saddened and outraged by Tim Brown’s allegations and Jerry Rice’s support of those allegations,” Callahan said in a statement released to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. “To leave no doubt, I categorically and unequivocally deny the sum and substance of their allegation. To suggest otherwise, especially at this time when it involves the Super Bowl, is ludicrous and defamatory.

“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. I think it would be in the best interests of all including the game America loves that these allegations be retracted immediately.”

Brown didn’t exactly retract his allegation, but he certainly backpedaled during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday morning. In Brown’s original accusation, he specifically said that the Raiders players called it “sabotage” because of Callahan’s relationship with then-Bucs head coach Jon Gruden. Now, the nine-time Pro Bowler is claiming that is not what he meant.

“I’ve never said [Callahan] sabotaged the game,” Brown told Patrick. “That’s something that can never be proven. We can never go into the mind of Bill Callahan. …. I should have said we could have called it sabotage. It was a question, not a statement. You cannot prove it.”

A number of players came out in support of Callahan after Brown made his accusation and Rice agreed with him. Brown’s theory is incredibly hard to believe, and he’s most likely changing his tune now that he realizes very few people are willing to back him up. Judging by the 48-21 beating the Bucs threw on the Raiders, it’s safe to say Callahan did a poor job of coaching and preparing his team. To accuse a coach of losing the biggest game of the year intentionally just because his buddy is standing on the other sideline seems extremely far-fetched.

Tim Brown, Jerry Rice accuse Bill Callahan of throwing Super Bowl; Others disagree

bill callahan raidersThe Oakland Raiders were crushed 48-21 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego nearly 10 years ago. The game was one of the most lopsided in Super Bowl history, and now, almost 10 years later, accusations are surfacing that Bill Callahan may have thrown the big game.

The accusations first came from 9-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Tim Brown. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice agreed with Brown, while other former Raiders disagree.

We’ll start with the comments made by Brown over the weekend on SiriusXM NFL radio, as shared by Pro Football Talk.

“We get our game plan for victory on Monday, and the game plan says we’re gonna run the ball,” Brown said Saturday. “We averaged 340 [pounds] on the offensive line, they averaged 280 [on the defensive line]. We’re all happy with that, everybody is excited. [We] tell Charlie Garner, ‘Look, you’re not gonna get too many carries, but at the end of the day we’re gonna get a victory. Tyrone Wheatley, Zack Crockett, let’s get ready to blow this thing up.’”

According to Brown, Callahan then inexplicably changed the entire gameplan on Friday, two days before the big game. They went from planning a run-heavy attack to deciding to throw it 60 times. Brown called into question Callahan’s relationship with Jon Gruden when discussing the situation. Gruden was the coach of the Raiders from 1998-2001, so he was facing his former team in the Super Bowl in his first season with his new team.

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