TuczonCitizen.com reported on Wednesday morning that ex-offensive lineman Lincoln Kennedy and ex-quarterback Rich Gannon of the Raiders disagreed with Brown’s idea that their loss to the Bucs back in 2003 was sabotaged.
Kennedy told Sirius NFL radio that he remembers that day clearly and thinks that Brown is making a mistake by stating that the Super Bowl was lost on purpose by ex-Coach Bill Callahan.
Kennedy did agree that some of the plays were changed right before the Super Bowl, just like Tim Brown stated, but it was not anything drastic.
The offensive lineman also questioned Brown’s belief that Callahan hated the Raiders, and Callahan losing the game based on that belief.
Kennedy stated on the radio, “If you didn’t like an organization, why would you take them all the way to the Super Bowl?”
He also added the fact that when reaching a final, why would a coach just throw it away? Even if the coach hated a team, he or she would not throw away a title like that! To win the title is the best thing that could happen to a coach, regarding his or her resume.
Rich Gannon also commented on his own Sirius radio show that he disagreed with Tim Brown's accusation, as reported by TucsonCitizen.com.
The ex-quarterback remembers that their running game was shut down in the first half, which was the original plan with a few minor changes.
He also added that they were forced to the passing game in the second half since they were down 20-3 at the break. Of course, their game plan was shot down either way. The final score of the Super Bowl was 48-21 in favor of the Bucs.
Kennedy added that Jon Gruden did know all the tricks Oakland had, because Gruden was the man who had built Raiders year before, and that the Bucs were the only team that could beat them that year. In the end, it happened.
Lincoln Kennedy also ended his argument that the Super Bowl was not sabotaged. It was just bad coaching, simple as that.
The web page also reported that USA Today tried to contact Jon Gruden to see if he wanted to comment about Brown’s accusation, and Gruden responded with a text that said, “Give me a break. No thanks.”