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Tim Brown was a receiver for the Oakland Raiders and he dropped a bomb on Bill Callahan, who was his former coach and is now the Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator.
Brown said Callahan essentially threw Super Bowl 37 by changing the offensive game plan the Friday before the game. He thinks that Callahan made the change to help then-Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden.
Brown said, "We all called it sabotage… because Callahan and Gruden were good friends, and Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders. You know, only came [to Oakland] because Gruden made him come.”
Brown said Callahan switched at the last minute from a run-heavy game plan, one that took advantage of a size advantage up front, to a passing-heavy plan.
The Raiders attempted 44 passes and ran the ball 11 times for 19 yards.
Quarterback Rich Gannon threw five interceptions and was sacked five times.
Jerry Rice backs up Tim Brown’s claim
Former Raider and 49er Jerry Rice recently appeared on ESPN’s “NFL Live” to back up his former teammate’s claim.
Rice said, “For some reason — and I don’t know why — Bill Callahan did not like me. 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.’”
Rice also said that center Barrett Robbins went AWOL before the Super Bowl because Callahan planned to pass instead of run in the Super Bowl.