Oakland Raiders: Tim Brown’s Claims of Sabotage Indicative of Team’s Dysfunction

There are two things that strike me as interesting about the claims of Oakland Raider legend Tim Brown that former Raider head coach Bill Callahan sabotaged Super Bowl XXXVII against Jon Gruden and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: One is that the media is just now making this a story. Savvy Raider fans have known that this has been Brown's assertion for the better part of a decade.

Need proof? Here is Brown at a Raider Mecca function at the team's headquarters in Alameda, California in 2008. This isn't a new claim, nor has it deviated one iota since Brown first spoke about it. For whatever reason, it is just now being made a story to the masses during this round of Super Bowl coverage. 

There are supporters and detractors on both sides from the Raider roster in 2002. And like many things, the truth may very well be somewhere in the middle.

Personally, having watched that game about 30 times since 2003, I have come to my own conclusion.

I honestly think Bill Callahan outsmarted himself. Everyone knew those Tampa teams were susceptible to power running. But the Raiders got to that Super Bowl by being a controlled passing team. I think the game plan started out well with a plan to hammer Tyrone Wheatley and Charlie Garner against the Bucs' small front (Warren Sapp, Simeon Rice, etc.). But I think Callahan got nervous about going against the formula that had worked all season, and reverted back to what got them there.

And in doing so, he did exactly what Gruden had his defense ready to stop.

In my estimation, this is an interesting story. But as a Raider fan, this is yet another in a long line of incidents that only proves just how dysfunctional Al Davis' organization was. On the eve of the team's biggest game in 19 years, only the Raiders could find themselves in a situation that led to confusion, chaos and near player mutiny.

This isn't like the Stanley Wilson incident from Sup...

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