According to former Raiders receiver Tim Brown, who appeared in an interview on Sirius XM on Saturday, the team believed they could easily win Super Bowl XXXII by running the ball down the throats of the Bucs. The Raiders' offensive line was much bigger than the Bucs, and the Raiders boasted a backfield duo of Charlie Garner and Tyrone Wheatly, not to mention one of the best short yardage backs in the game, Zack Crockett.
"We get our game plan for victory on Monday, and the game plan says we're gonna run the ball," Brown said. "We averaged 340 [pounds] on the offensive line, they averaged 280 [on the defensive line]. We're all happy with that, everybody is excited."
Yet, according to Brown, that game plan was retracted by then head coach Bill Callahan, on the Friday before they took the field and rather than run the ball in order to win, Callahan decided he was going to "throw the ball 60 times".
"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.
"We all called it sabotage . . . because Callahan and Gruden were good friends," Brown said. "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."
Brown also stated that the change in game plan had a particularly negative effect on Robbins, who begged the coach not to make the change, noting that he could not possibly run the line and make his calls under the new plan.
"Barret Robbins begged Coach Callahan, Do not do this to me. I don't have time to make my calls, to get my calls ready. You can't do this to me on Friday. We haven't practiced full speed, we can't get this done.'
"All I'm saying is those are the facts of what happened Super Bowl week. So our ire wasn't towards Barret Robbins, it was towards Bill Callahan. Because we feel as if he wouldn't have did what he did, then Barret wouldn't have done what he did."
While Brown does not directly attribute Robbins going off the deep end to Callahan's decision, the inference is clear.