Tim Brown Has Theories
January 23, 2013 at 01:13am by Scott • 10 Comments »
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.