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Tim Brown Has Theories

January 23, 2013 at 01:13am by Scott   •  10 Comments »

Oh, and the moon landing, too. Totally staged.
So, is everyone from Notre Dame a fucking moron this week?

“We all called it sabotage . . . because [Bill] Callahan and [Tampa Bay coach Jon] Gruden were good friends,” Tim Brown said. “And Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders.

Brown trotted this bullshit conspiracy theory out several years ago and it got no play anywhere. I’m not sure why it’s getting traction now, ten years from the actual event, but it doesn’t make any more sense now than it did then.

Brown’s allegation (if you can call it that since he pussyfoots around it) is that Bill Callahan hated the Raiders so much and Gruden was such a good friend that he changed the offensive game plan from a run-first to a pass-first strategy two days before the Super Bowl so as to intentionally lose the game. This is dumb for about 100 different reasons, 90 of which are “fuck Tim Brown”.

In order for this to be true, we have to believe that Callahan did not care about his career. At that point he had been a coach for 22 years. We have to believe that he finally reached the pinnacle of his profession — you can’t get any higher than where he was at that moment — and then not just didn’t give a shit, but actively worked against his own best interests just to stick it to a boss he didn’t like. Callahan may have been a terrible head coach, but he’s not stupid. He knows how few coaches ever reach the Super Bowl in their lives. Does anyone believe he would have thrown away the chance to win it for a grudge?

And if he was really so conniving, how would they have even made it to the Super Bowl? Wouldn’t he have fucked up their game plans all season long? Especially against the Chiefs, their long-time rivals? Al Davis HATED the Chiefs. If you really wanted to stick the knife in his heart and twist it, you spike the Gatorade with Sominex during the Chiefs game and let them roll over your Raiders. They did lose to the Chiefs at Arrowhead 20-10, but they kicked the hell out of them in Oakland 24-0.

The Gruden angle is stupid, too. Most coaches are somewhat friendly, and some are even good friends. I’m going to guess none of them has ever volunteered to throw even a preseason game for the other, let alone the world championship. Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith are great friends. Does anyone think the Colts didn’t earn their victory? Mike Ditka loved Tom Landry like a father, and yet had no problem kicking the shit out of the Cowboys 44-0 in the 1985 regular season. The two Harbaugh brothers are about to go head to head for the Lombardi trophy and something tells me brotherly love plays no part in this. Callahan loved Gruden more than all those guys? If that’s true, then someone please lock up Bill Callahan immediately.

Oh, and what a brilliant strategy that would have been to ruin the game for the Raiders: Switch to a passing game for the #1 passing team in the league. That’ll show ‘em! Rich Gannon was the MVP. He didn’t get that award by handing the ball to Charlie Garner all the time. “I’m going to sabotage this movie by getting James Cameron to direct it!”

Barret Robbins begged Coach Callahan, ‘Do not do this to me. I don’t have time to make my calls, to get my calls ready. You can’t do this to me on Friday. We haven’t practiced full speed, we can’t get this done.’”

Brown tiptoed around the question of whether the change caused Robbins to go off the deep end, suggesting that it had an impact and then explaining that there’s no way to know if it did. “I’m not saying one had anything to do with the other,” Brown said. “All I’m saying is those are the facts of what happened Super Bowl week. So our ire wasn’t towards Barret Robbins, it was towards Bill Callahan. Because we feel as if he wouldn’t have did what he did, then Barret wouldn’t have done what he did.

Oh, and he was a bipolar drunk who spent that last year and a half in prison. So I’m going to go ahead and say maybe Robbins flew off the handle for reasons that didn’t involve protection calls.

To Brown’s credit, Jerry Rice is backing him up. But I’m not too inclined to believe what Rice is saying since he’s an entitled media whore (ask Steve Largent) and is probably looking for any excuse to mitigate the only blemish on his professional record. Well, that and the massage parlor thing. Former Raiders calling Brown a nutjob are Bill Romanowski (not helping), Lincoln Kennedy (no one gives a shit) and Gannon, the only one I will give any credibility too. So we have Tim Brown’s word against the quarterback’s. You know, the really accurate quarterback who threw five interceptions that night. I dunno, maybe the Buccaneer defense was just really good.

Or maybe Callahan should have changed checks and signals after Gruden left town. Or maybe he was just a really bad coach who got lucky with a decent team one year and then choked during the big game. It happens. Just ask Mike Martz. Or Ray Malavasi. Or Ken Whisenhunt. Or Forrest Gregg. Or… well, you get my point. But that doesn’t mean the fix was in. It just means Brown is still bitter over losing the Super Bowl, only getting one catch in that game and having to hold his own retirement press conference, and he needs some attention and couldn’t wait until next week when people ask him how it feels to come so close to getting into the Hall of Fame but not making it.

Because if Andre Reed is left standing at the front door, your ass is still on the bus on the other side of town.

10 Comments to “Tim Brown Has Theories”


Glen_Runciter (January 23, 2013 at 03:24am:

this shit has pissed me off.
doesn’t matter how improbable this story is, how many easier options there must have been to tank their season, some people are gonna beleive it, like with 9/11.
fuck them if they are trying to cheapen our SB-title the slightest bit.


manbearpig (January 23, 2013 at 06:41am:

This has beyond pissed me off as well. What makes me the angriest is that this horse shit story is getting more press than the Bucs did immediately following the Super Bowl. If you look on PFT every other headline has something to do with brown and his bullshit. Fuck him. I wouldn’t piss on that asshole if he was on fire. The one thing that we as Bucs fans hold so high, he’s trying to take a big dump on and tarnish it with his conspiracy theory. Not today Brown. You can go fist yourself.


dwtalso (January 23, 2013 at 10:09am:

I think Eric Davis said it best on NFL AM. You know who sabotaged Super Bowl XXXVII for the Raiders? Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, and Ronde Barber.


Louie (January 23, 2013 at 10:49am:

No matter the game plan, nobody was going to beat the Bucs that day. However, if the game plan was changed 2 days before the game, but I bet money it was at the direction of Al Davis.

Goodell should tell Brown to retract or be banned from the HOF.

Matt Price

Matt Price (January 23, 2013 at 03:58pm:

This is such bullshit. So Callahan decides he desperately wants revenge against the Raiders, but he decides he will only seek that revenge if he gets the team to the Super Bowl? That’s just nuts.

And fuck Tim Brown. The Bucs crushed his crappy team because the Bucs were better.


IowaBuc (January 23, 2013 at 07:44pm:

Jerry Rice can fuck off too! Two bitter old has beens trying to be relevant again.


BaldBuc4055 (January 24, 2013 at 04:49am:

Tim Brown:

1. Great receiver
2. Long, productive career
3. Sore loser
4. Whiny little crybaby bitch

That is all

worker b

worker b (January 26, 2013 at 10:49am:

Back in those days I’d always chuckle at the beginning of each game as TV broadcasters would explain that there’s gaps in that Tampa 2 zone that such and such will be able to exploit.

They’d be right in that teams would often start off with long patient first-quarter drives ending in a field goal. Of course every receiver who caught those 5 and 8-yard passes in the first quarter would get an earhole full of Lynch or Brooks on every catch, and by the second quarter those catches became drops. In the second half, the qb would be rattled by all the drops and the pressures and start serving up picks.

Leading up to the big game, I thought the Raiders had a good chance to beat the Bucs because future HOFers like Rice and Brown would surely never drop passes during a Super Bowl. Fact is, they pussied out more quickly than most, and the rout was on. I guess I can see why they’re still pointing fingers, especially Brown, who probably could have been a HOFer with a big performance in that game.


campyone (January 26, 2013 at 03:00pm:

I thought one of our big advantages in that SB was suppoed to be Gruden’s knowledge of the Raiders from his stint there. If Callahan really did make significant changes two days before the game (which I seriously doubt) wouldn’t it have been done to minimize the effect of Gruden’s knowledge rather than to help Gruden? What crock this is.

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