Bill Callahan Super Bowl Sabotage Accusations a New All-Time Low for Raiders

Just when you thought that things couldn't get any worse for the Oakland Raiders, they have, even if it took a trip of more than a decade into the past to make that happen.

As the rest of the NFL gears up for Super Bowl XLVII and the announcement of this year's class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, one of this year's finalists and an all-time Raiders great has created a firestorm of controversy surrounding Super Bowl XXXVII, which was the last time that Oakland played in the biggest game in football.

Wide receiver Tim Brown, appearing on SiriusXM Radio earlier this week, accused then-head coach Bill Callahan of sabotaging the Raiders in that game by changing to a pass-heavy game plan just before the Super Bowl, according to Larry Hartstein of CBS Sports.

"We get our game plan for victory on Monday, and the game plan says we're gonna run the ball. We averaged 340 (pounds) on the offensive line, they averaged 280 (on the defensive line). We're all happy with that, everybody is excited."

Brown claimed Callahan, now the Cowboys' offensive coordinator, switched to a pass-heavy game plan the Friday before the game.

"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 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. ... That's hard to say because you can't prove it."

Brown went on to assert that ...

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