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For the past decade, the Raiders collapse in that game was blamed on the idea that the Raiders didn't change their playbook since when Jon Gruden was Raiders coach the season before. That still holds true to this day but Tim Brown thickened the plot by using the word "sabotage" with regard to Bill Callahan.
Though widely discussed since Brown made those claims, much of it was seen as ridiculous but now Jerry Rice has chimed in and echoed much of what Tim Brown said initially and people are really listening now.
Rice was asked by ESPN analyst Trey Wingo on Tuesday's NFL Live Broadcast if the game plan really had changed on that Friday before the game.
"Yes it did," Rice responded. "I was very surprised by that because you work all week long running the football and then all of the sudden on that given Friday we decided we were going to come out and throw the ball over 60 times. And I think with Bill Callahan and what Tim Brown is accusing him of is that why would you wait until the last second to change the game plan."
"You don't want to question your coach at that time but we just found that it was very unusual to change everything when we had Tyronne Wheatley and also Charlie Garner then we had probably the best fullback in the league with Zack Crocket. So we had a game plan and all of the sudden you change that game plan and basically we didn't know what was going to happen in that Super Bowl."
"I think with Tim Brown, he'd been with the Raiders longer. I recall when I first went to the Raiders, for some reason, and I don't know why, Bill Callahan he didn't like me. He was that type of coach and some of the things that happened, you know, with him walking off the field during the game, not being happy about certain situations, I was very surprised that he waited until the last second and I think a lot of the players, they were surprised also. So in a way, maybe because he didn't like the Raiders, he thought maybe we should sabotage just a little bit and let Jon Gruden go out and win this one."
There is no mixing up that Rice had just said Callahan sabotaged the Raiders in that game and he went on to make sure there was no confusion.
"Yeah, I know exactly what I'm saying," Rice continued. "This is a discussion that Tim and I had and being veterans we know that you don't wait until the last second to change the game plan."
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