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Rich Gannon says Bill Callahan didn't throw Super Bowl

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02:18 PM ET 01.22 | Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon has gone on record defending his former head coach Bill Callahan, who's come under fire from Tim Brown regarding how Super Bowl XXXVII was coached. Yesterday Brown went on SiriusXM Radio to claim that Callahan lost the Super Bowl on purpose, because he hated the Raiders and was good friends with then-Bucs coach Jon Gruden. "We all called it sabotage," Brown said. "Callahan and [Tampa Bay coach Jon] Gruden were good friends and Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders. You know, only came because Gruden made him come. Literally walked off the field on us a couple of times during the season when he first got there, the first couple years." Gannon appeared on SiriusXM Tuesday morning to defend his former coach, saying the Raiders didn't purposefully lose the Super Bowl, they just got beat by the better team.

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January 23, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Rice and Brown should go after Gannon for throwing INT'S like it was Christmas!

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January 23, 2013  09:12 AM ET

Now he called the plays at the line!

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January 23, 2013  09:39 AM ET

I wouldn't put it past Callahan to do something like this but it seems more likely that he's just a mediocre coach who was overmatched by the situation.

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January 23, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Tim Brown is a finalist for this year's HOF induction. I think he pretty well took himself out of the running with this little tizzy fit. Although I do appreciate Tim continuing the proud tradition of the Raiders refusing to ever admit they lost a game. It's always some big conspiracy theory with them.

January 23, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Callahan had no business ever being a head coach. If Jerry Rice knew some thing was up then the game was fixed. Rice is a man of honor.

rice has no honor after he did not want his record broke.

January 23, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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Tim Brown is a finalist for this year's HOF induction. I think he pretty well took himself out of the running with this little tizzy fit. Although I do appreciate Tim continuing the proud tradition of the Raiders refusing to ever admit they lost a game. It's always some big conspiracy theory with them.

Are you sure Tim Brown just isn't a HOF player ?

January 23, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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Tim Brown is a finalist for this year's HOF induction. I think he pretty well took himself out of the running with this little tizzy fit. Although I do appreciate Tim continuing the proud tradition of the Raiders refusing to ever admit they lost a game. It's always some big conspiracy theory with them.

Good one. Brown is way out there on this one and the media lets him just get away with it?

January 23, 2013  10:02 AM ET

OK, so last Sunday the announcers tell us the Ravens know all the verbal stuff from Brady. Probably true, true for most teams, it still comes down to can you stop me and can I stop you. Brown is bitter.

January 23, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Tim Brown is a finalist for this year's HOF induction. I think he pretty well took himself out of the running with this little tizzy fit. Although I do appreciate Tim continuing the proud tradition of the Raiders refusing to ever admit they lost a game. It's always some big conspiracy theory with them.

He'll get plenty of attention over the next couple of weeks, but not much of it will have to do with his career achievements.

January 23, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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Good one. Brown is way out there on this one and the media lets him just get away with it?

Of course... this is the kind of stuff the media eats up.

The Hall of Fame voters? Maybe not so much.

January 23, 2013  10:18 AM ET

The story that just won't go away.........

January 23, 2013  10:59 AM ET

It seems the one thing in Brown's story that could actually be verified is whether or not Callahan changed the game plan 2 days before the SB. Of course, even if that were true it only applied to the Offense. It wasn't the Offense that allowed TB to score 42 points.

January 23, 2013  11:03 AM ET
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Are you sure Tim Brown just isn't a HOF player ?

Tim a great receiver---during the regular season---during the playoffs- he always seemed to be confused---thinking he was playing volleyball...One of the all time choke artists--right up there with A-Rod...

January 23, 2013  11:20 AM ET

Didn't really help either that Gruden probably knew the Raiders team better than Calahan did since he was the one who put the team together in the first place.....

 
January 23, 2013  11:30 AM ET

There may not have been malicious intent, but he certainly did sabotage their chances by drastically changing the game plan 2 days before the game. Still chuckle when I think back to the time he called his team "the dumbest team in America".

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