What did Brown say?
"We get our game plan for victory on Monday, and the game plan says we’re gonna run the ball,” Brown said last Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio (via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com). “We averaged 340 (pounds) on the offensive line, they averaged 280 (on the defensive line). We’re all happy with that, everybody is excited. (We) tell Charlie Garner, ‘Look, you’re not gonna get too many carries, but at the end of the day we’re gonna get a victory. Tyrone Wheatley, Zack Crockett, let’s get ready to blow this thing up'."
So did Callahan sabotage the Raiders in the Super Bowl? Rich Gannon says absolutely not; he had too much to gain by intentionally losing the Super Bowl. Bill Romanowski said much the same thing.
I don't believe Callahan tried to intentionally blow the Super Bowl, much like I don't think Callahan sabotaged Nebraska during his four years in Lincoln. Callahan didn't try to lose.
Callahan just isn't a good head coach. He's a great offensive line coach by all accounts; perhaps one of the best around today. But as a playcaller and a head coach? Over his head.
Bill Callahan was all over the board as a playcaller. He would go into ruts and go heavy run or heavy pass, and almost always at the wrong time. His offenses looked balanced on the final stat sheet, but when you look at series of play calls, he typically be either pounding the rock on every play or abandoning the run. Usually with bad results in critical situations. Throw the ball on third and short, late in the game against Texas? Oy. Turtling against Southern Cal? My oh my. And that 2004 loss to Iowa State? Yikes.
That's not sabotage. That's just incompetence.
So now Dallas is thinking about handing Callahan the keys to the Cowboys' offense next season? Good luck with that, Cowboy fans. That's the best news the NFC East has heard in years.
I mean, we know he's done it before. But it's a job he's done very badly. Just look at Callahan's record. It speaks for itself.