Former Oakland Raiders Head Coach and current Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Bill Callahan has a lot of explaining to do following accusations from former Raiders players Tim Brown and Jerry Rice that Callahan essentially threw Super Bowl 37 to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the win.
The final score was 48-21 Tampa Bay.
Here’s Tim Brown’s quote today about Callahan:
“We all called it sabotage . . . because Callahan and (Tampa Bay coach Jon) Gruden were good friends, 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 really he had become someone who was part of the staff but we just didn’t pay him any attention. Gruden leaves, he becomes the head coach. . . . It’s hard to say that the guy sabotaged the Super Bowl. You know, can you really say that? That can be my opinion, but I can’t say for a fact that that’s what his plan was, to sabotage the Super Bowl. He hated the Raiders so much that he would sabotage the Super Bowl so his friend can win the Super Bowl. That’s hard to say, because you can’t prove it.”
Brown’s teammate Jerry Rice supported Tim Brown’s claim later in the day:
“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.”
Wow, that is very bad and it frustrates me as a fan of a team. If I found out that the coach of my team was throwing any game, let alone the Super Bowl, I would want him fired before I took my next breath. And if I was Jerry Jones, I fire Callahan instantly (Jerry Jones just promoted Callahan as the team’s new play caller replacing Jason Garrett). This man should not be a part of the NFL. From what I know about the league and what players say, it is essentially unheard of to completely change the game plan for a game the Friday leading up to the game. The only exception I can think of is an injury to a key player, which didn’t happen here. Everything that the Raiders had been trying to perfect and focus on went out the window. The Raiders, if this is true, had 1 day to get the game plan down and beat the team with the best defense in the league that year.
According to Rice and Brown, Callahan didn’t even like the Raiders and he was their coach. How in the world does this happen? If he didn’t want to be the coach, then he should have just quit. Does Callahan not have the decency to at least try to win the game? I can’t believe there’s a coach out there who would even think of, let alone actually pull this off. It makes me sick to my stomach and Bill Callahan must talk and have a pretty darn good explanation to what really went on during that week.
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