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« : January 23, 2013, 09:52:48 AM »

I've been following all of this absolute nonsense from former Oakland wide receiver Tim Brown's mouth – and now Jerry Rice's – about former Raiders coach Bill Callahan supposedly sabotaging Oakland's chances to win Super Bowl XXXVII, which was ultimately won by Tampa Bay. Brown's reasoning is that Callahan wanted his friend and former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden to win the Super Bowl because Callahan hated the Raiders and wanted out. Brown said that the Raiders changed their supposed run-first game plan that was going to feature a lot of Zach Crockett and Tyrone Wheatley to a pass-first game plan featuring "50-60 passes" on Friday night before the game, which didn't allow the team to practice for that game plan.

That's ridiculous - absolutely ridiculous. ProFootballTalk.com's Michael David Smith had the absolute best retort that I've seen regarding Brown's stupid reasoning. Check this out – and feel to spread it around to help debunk these sore losers' dumb claims:

"Rice also doesn’t seem to accurately remember how that Super Bowl went down. In his ESPN appearance, Rice said Callahan called on the Raiders “to throw the ball over 60 times.” But the Raiders didn’t throw the ball 60 times or even 50 times. They threw 44 times — exactly three more times than they had thrown the ball the week before, when they won the AFC Championship Game. And that brings us to the strangest part of all this criticism of Callahan: Brown and Rice are insisting that Callahan sabotaged the team by implementing a pass-first offensive game plan. But the Raiders had been a passing team all season: They led the NFL in passing yards that season while ranking 18th in the league in rushing yards and 23rd in the league in rushing attempts. In other words, Callahan called a lot of passes in the Super Bowl because it was calling a lot of passes that had led them to the Super Bowl in the first place. For Brown and Rice to suggest that Callahan was throwing the Super Bowl because he continued to call a lot of passes just as he had all season long is absolutely ridiculous."

So Brown and Rice say that Callahan sabotaged their chances of winning Super Bowl XXXVII by ... going back to what was working ALL season long and ... passing the ball a lot?

Sure. Okay.

If the game plan did in fact change on Friday night, who cares? The Raiders practiced for passing game plans plenty during the season.

Do you want another reason why the Raiders passed it so much in Super Bowl XXXVII? They fell behind Tampa Bay and were forced to play catch-up.

I've just lost a TON of respect for Tim Brown and Jerry Rice.

Idiots.

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« #1 : January 23, 2013, 10:50:52 AM »

It's sad to see them tarnish their legacy. As much as he's hated and vilified by Buc fans, Tim Brown still ranks among the greatest receivers of all time. Jerry Rice ranks among the greatest players of all time. But there's not much point in refuting them - anyone  idiotic enough to listen to them to begin with isn't going to be swayed by reason.

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« #2 : January 23, 2013, 11:12:54 AM »

Yea they don't really make themselves look very good with their argument. It just makes them look whiny and like a bunch of losers.

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« #3 : January 23, 2013, 11:16:48 AM »

It'd be like the Bucs saying, "Yeah, Kiffin gave them the game.  We were supposed to play the Bear Cover-0 Five-Man Front all day -- with Simeon playing undertackle to blow up the run game -- but Monte changed it on us on Friday.  We played Tampa-2 all game, instead.  Explain that."


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« #4 : January 23, 2013, 11:23:17 AM »

Great post, SR!

Ever since Tim Brown ended his career by b*tching about Tampa Bay, I always felt like he has held a grudge from that game. It was his one chance at a ring, and he's refusing to take any blame.

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« #5 : January 23, 2013, 11:23:32 AM »

Sour grapes GOAT and Brown. You got your collectives ASSES handed to you. You lost. Period.

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« #6 : January 23, 2013, 12:34:04 PM »

I'm angry because if there's ONE person out there that buys into it, it's one too many.

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« #7 : January 23, 2013, 12:44:03 PM »

Add some shrimp, chicken, and sausage to that Brown Rice, and you've got a good start on some great gumbo. A little whine but no cheese please. Get over it.

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« #8 : January 23, 2013, 12:51:07 PM »

Brown and even Rice for backing him, can go suck eggs.

Maybe the real reason the Raiders lost is because they had a couple of morons playing WR.

Nah, it's still because the Bucs were the better team.  Oh, and that whole defense wins championships thing.

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« #9 : January 23, 2013, 01:01:30 PM »

Today on the DP show time brown has now said he never said sabotaged. He has completely backed off from his statement saying he does think his coach was trying to lose the game.


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« #10 : January 23, 2013, 01:19:54 PM »

It just makes no sense to me. Why would a HC let another HC win the championship game? The game youve worked your azz off for your entire career for somebody else? It sounds so stupid when said like that.

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« #11 : January 23, 2013, 02:22:41 PM »

I rewatched the entire superbowl last night, it was very interesting in light of these accusations.

1.  We did see the Raiders try to go jumbo on us in the first quarter.  They brought in Crocket with Ritchie at FB and put an extra lineman at TE.  We subbed Dwight Smith out and brought in Al at SAM LB for a more conventional front (anytime we faced 3 WR sets we played a 4-2-5 that season, anytime it was a TE heavy set we reverted to our classic 4-3-4).  On two consecutive runs, Crocket managed 6 total yards, and the Raiders went 3 and out on that drive.  Could they have used this formation to wear us down?  It's hard to say.  On their first quarter runs, our D-line gets off the ball crazy fast and everyone covers their gap.  In the time this game was close enough to run on us, they did try it and fail.  But they never seemed to commit to it.

2.  The real head scratcher for me, in terms of play calling was the Raider's drive in the second quarter where they got the ball on their own 10 (this is following our short drive which started with the first Dexter Jackson pick).  At this point in the game they're down 6-3, with plenty time left on the half and are backed up pretty far into their own territory.  They come out in an empty set, And we show them the most bizzare front I've ever seen us in (heavily unbalanced D line, major overload to one side and an obvious blitz by Ronde).  If there was a drive for them to try to run it down our throats, this was the place.. instead they throw three times.  The punt at the end of this drive nets them only 17 yards (great return by the TRUTH).  We proceed to show them how to run the ball, breaking two big runs with Pittman.  Alstott goes in (Warren Sapp was in at TE on our first touchdown, sealing the backside of the run LIKE A BOSS).

3.  Down 13-3, the Raiders come out and run Garner twice.  It looks like they wanted to try to run on us in our 4-2-5 look.  The first run goes for 4, but the second run is busted up for a two yard loss.  On third down they should have converted, but Tim Brown had his infamous "you waited 14 years for that?!" drop... we march down the field after their punt with Brad Johnson's best drive of the game.  Very un-buc-like we look great going down and scoring right before the half.  At this point it's now 20-3, and perhaps the raiders still have time to run on us... but they'd better not get any further down.  That drop by Tim Brown was huge though, we'll never know how that drive would have gone otherwise.

4.  Our defense gets us the ball, and we proceed to have our best drive of the game (Not Brad's best of the game,  but for our O-line and backs).  We literally chew up the majority of the 3rd quarter marching 89 yards for the score.  At this point, the raiders cannot do anything but throw the ball, as our offense is chewing up clock.  Even though our offense turns into a predictable mess (and Tom Tupa reminds us all of opening day against the saints with his blocked punt/fumbled fg snap), we've effectively eliminated the run from their playcalling with this drive.   They simply don't have time to win running for 2-3 yards a pop.

So yes, there was some questionable play calling... ESPECIALLY on that critical drive that started on their own 10.  But I can understand why they passed as much as they did rewatching the game.  When they ran early in the game we stopped it.  And the game turned on them before they could really wear us down.  I can also understand the frustration of Rice/Brown with this game.  By the midway point of the 3rd quarter they both only have 9 yards receiving; two catches for Rice and one for Brown.  The truth of the matter is, we had 3 starting caliber zone corners on that team, and it let us do SICK things in coverage in our nickle package.  Hell, our MLB was as good in deep coverage as our strong safety.  Our D-line was too quick for their Oline, especially their tackles.  Rice made Barry Sims look bad all game; his outside rush forced Sims to step out on his first step and opened up the inside spin and swim moves which Rice used to DEVASTATING effect (note to our current DEs: in the NFL you NEED a counter move to your outside speed).

I doubt they win a "3 yards and a cloud of dust" against us.  Our offense in the second quarter through the third quarter obliterated them with precision and clock chewing drives.  We very quickly put this game out of a run-first gameplan.

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« #12 : January 23, 2013, 02:27:32 PM »

Good post apkbuc. Thanks for the breakdown. Havent watched that game in a while.

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« #13 : January 23, 2013, 02:40:50 PM »

. They were the heralds of the no running league that season. They did try and run, they went heavy on us and got nothing.  Rice and Brown were basically no factors until Rice got off that deep ball when Nate Webster couldn't cover the deep middle.

Bottom line, what sounds more like sabotage:
1. Putting the game in the hands of your MVP QB and 2 HoF WRs OR
2. Putting the game in the hands of Crockett and Garner


All posts are opinions in case you are too stupid to figure that out on your own without me saying it over and over.

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« #14 : January 23, 2013, 02:55:42 PM »

It's nice to know that they were so embarrassed by the loss, they're STILL crybabying about getting stomped.

And from the looks of it, the horror is even more magnified for Raiders fans, knowing they're not likely to be back to the superbowl anytime soon.

They lost the superbowl, but hey... They don't have Al Davis around anymore. Gotta look at the bright side Raider fans!

Naismith was right about Revis. Everyone else is a dummy.
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