by Terry McCormick
January 23, 02013
Former Oakland Raiders Bill Callahan shot back at allegations that he "sabotaged" the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII and wanted his friend, former Raiders coach Jon Gruden, to win the game.
Tim Brown, speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio - and later supported by Jerry Rice - indicated that the Raiders changed their game-plan late in the week against the Bucs, going from a run-oriented plan they had practiced all week to a pass-happy plan that was installed just a couple of days before the Raiders lost to Tampa Bay, 48-21.
Callahan, now an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys, issued the following statement to refute those allegations, on the Cowboys website.
“There are many people who are disappointed by the outcome of Super Bowl XXVII, but none more than me. While I fully understand a competitive professional football player’s disappointment when a game’s outcome doesn’t go his team’s way, I am shocked, saddened and outraged by Tim Brown’s allegations and Jerry Rice’s support of those allegations made through various media outlets over the last twenty four hours. To leave no doubt, I categorically and unequivocally deny the sum and substance of their allegations. Like every game I ever coached on the professional or collegiate level, I endeavor to the best of my professional ability to position my team to win. To suggest otherwise, especially at this time when it involved the Super Bowl, is ludicrous and defamatory. I have always honored the spirit of competition that drives us to sport as children and, for the luck few, sustains us in adulthood. Any suggestion that I would undermine the integrity of the sport that I love and dedicate my life to, or dishonor the commitment I made to our players, coaches and fans, is flat out wrong. I think it would be in the best interests of all including the game America loves that these allegations be retracted immediately. I want to extend my personal and my family’s deep appreciation to the coaches, players and fans who have come forward and thoughtfully spoken out against these ill-conceived allegations.”
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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com