According to Brown, Callahan deliberately sabotaged the Raiders by changing the game plan just 2 days before the Super Bowl, and played directly into the Buccaneers' hands.
Brown says that it was done as a favor to Callahan's friend Jon Gruden, and that Callahan never wanted to coach the Raiders in the first place.
Here are the quotes from Brown, who had 1 catch in that game for only 9 yards:
"We all called it sabotage . . . because 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. So really he had become someone who was part of the staff but we just didn’t pay him any attention. Gruden leaves, he becomes the head coach. . . . It’s hard to say that the guy sabotaged the Super Bowl. You know, can you really say that? That can be my opinion, but I can’t say for a fact that that’s what his plan was, to sabotage the Super Bowl. He hated the Raiders so much that he would sabotage the Super Bowl so his friend can win the Super Bowl. That’s hard to say, because you can’t prove it.
“But the facts are what they are, that less than 36 hours before the game we changed our game plan. And we go into that game absolutely knowing that we have no shot. That the only shot we had if Tampa Bay didn’t show up."
Brown also said that Callahan's changed game plan had a huge impact on center Barret Robbins, who infamously missed the game after disappearing in Tijuana a couple days before the game. Robbins has previously said that he blames himself for the Raiders' loss.
It's hard to believe that ANY coach would intentionally sabotage his own team's chance to win a Super Bowl, particularly knowing that it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
On the surface, this looks like sour grapes from Tim Brown, a player who made no difference on the game whatsoever, and is now sitting around waiting for a Hall of Fame induction that might never happen, partially thanks to his lack of a Super Bowl, among other reasons.
Keep in mind that Brown went to Gruden's Buccaneers the following year. It's possible that he resented Callahan, as the replacement for a coach Brown clearly preferred.
What do you think? Is Brown right? Or is it just a case of a bitter old player lashing out at his former coach?