The 10-year anniversary of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beating the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII recently came and went.
Former head coach Jon Gruden and his championship team reflected on the dominant performance over the Raiders while the players on the losing end of the Super Bowl that year still wonder what went wrong.
As a result of the 10-year anniversary, bad blood and controversy was stirred up by the nine-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Tim Brown.
The Raiders legend made accusations last Saturday about his former head coach Bill Callahan potentially sabotaging the game so that his friend Gruden could win the Super Bowl that year. A ridiculous accusation to say the least, but it created quite a bit of discussion about what really went on behind the scenes with the Raiders during that game.
Now it appears that Brown is backing off his controversial comments about Callahan on the Dan Patrick Show via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:
“I have never said that he sabotaged the game,” Brown said Wednesday morning on the Dan Patrick Show. “All I’m saying is, all I was saying after the game was, you know, the question was asked about this situation, but no one ever said — and I said on the radio show last Saturday night — that’s something that could never be proven. We can’t go inside the mind of Bill Callahan and say, ‘Oh, yeah, we knew exactly what he was thinking, what he was trying to do.’ All I’m saying is, the question was asked. But of course the media hears ‘sabotage’ and ‘Bill Callahan’ and ‘throwing the football game,’ now they’re saying ‘Throwing the football game’ and that terminology was never used. But that wasn’t the intent.”
There’s no question Brown had poor judgement when talking about Super Bowl XXXVII and basically blaming Callahan for the team’s collapse. Changing the game plan on the Friday prior to the game doesn’t make much sense and is odd, but the fact that Callahan would throw the game due to a hatred for the Raiders and to help Gruden win a title is absurd