Romanowski “flabbergasted” by Tim Brown’s claims

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The teammates of former Raiders receiver Tim Brown are starting to speak out regarding his I’m-not-saying-I’m-just-saying-style suggestion that coach Bill Callahan “sabotaged” Super Bowl XXXVII by dramatically changing the game plan two days before kickoff.

Brown said on Twitter on Tuesday that teammates will back him up.

Linebacker Bill Romanowski isn’t one of them.

I’m absolutely flabbergasted,” Romanowski told Tony Bruno and Jon Marks of 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.  “Is he trying to be relevant for the Super Bowl?  What is he trying to do?  He absolutely couldn’t be further from the truth.  So you’re saying that a man has a chance to cement himself in history with winning a Super Bowl and he wants to hand it over to his buddy?  Give me a break, OK?  It couldn’t be further from the truth.  He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. And I’ll tell you what, I’m blown away that something like that would come out of an intelligent man’s mouth.”

It’ll be interesting to see if any of Brown’s teammates actually will back him up, especially since the offensive coordinator on that team was new Bears coach Marc Trestman, a hire that “shocked” Tim Brown.

“People want to make themselves more relevant,” Romanowski said.  “Guys for some reason will get on the air and crap will come out of their mouths, and I’m telling you what this is complete crap.”

It’ll be interesting to see what the Hall of Fame voters think about this one in 11 days, when they convene in New Orleans to determine whether Brown’s bronze bust should have a spot in Canton.

66 responses to “Romanowski “flabbergasted” by Tim Brown’s claims

  1. Bill is 100% right but I feel like Tim brown had a point about changing the gameplan on Friday before the big game. Especially with a unstable C. Other then that bill is 100% right. Cement your legacy whether or not you like the team.

  2. I had heard several years back some others complain that Callahan changed the gameplan at the end of the week. Callahan had issues but I don’t think throwing a Super Bowl was one of them. He was doing what he thought gave them the best chance to win even if it didn’t work.

  3. Brown is just hurting his own reputation with all of this. It’s just a sad attention grab.

  4. How many tired Tiki references are we going to get over this from the masses? Pavlov’s dog exercised more independent thought than some of you.

  5. Sounded like spittle hitting the microphone when Romanowski made the charge against Brown on 97.5.

  6. And why was the raiders only given a week to prepare when all other teams get two weeks?.. Had to do a little searching and that SB planning was to the Bucs advantage.

    I’m with you Tim Brown.

  7. If Bill Ramonowski is a voice of reason then your statements must have been way off base. Is it just me or has Tim Brown been coming out of deep left field with his last few public comments.

    What’s the matter Timmy, you upset with coach Callahan for better utilizing the team’s true #1 Jerry Rice over you? Jerry still had more juice in the tank than you did. Nothing personal!

  8. Romanowski is borderline crazy. He is the guy who would beat his own teammates bloody at practice.

  9. Sure would have helped Tim Browns cause if the Raiders didnt run 9 times for 16 yards and trail 20-3 at the half. When they ran, they were not successful.

  10. They had the leagues MVP in Gannon and a couple mediocre running backs and Brown who seems to be pretty high on himself wants people to believe a coach threw out the running game and pass it? Of course lost in all of this is that Brown is completely disrespecting one of the greats defenses in history that was going to dominate an offense that was still 99% Gruden. The Raiders where going to lose that game matter what their game plan was. Get over your butt hurt Timmy. Should have kept you hole shut till after the HOF vote.

  11. Between this and his comments about Trestman, I’m getting the impression that Tim Brown is a bit desperate for attention. Regardless of whether or not there’s truth in what he’s saying, there’s no denying that he’s been making sure his name is in the news lately. Last-ditch effort to make sure HOF voters are thinking about him, perhaps?

  12. Nothing like a good conspiracy theory leading up to the Super Bowl. People get tired of the 2-week hype. This should give everybody something to talk about now.

  13. Why is this Steroid Clown even talking. He did nothing to stop the Bucs in the SB, the only good thing he did all that season was break Shannon Sharpes arm.. Way to go!

    I guess all the ex-raiders will throw each other under bus. Makes for a great Raiders Bar BQ

  14. In an October 16, 2005 appearance on 60 Minutes, Romanowski admitted to using steroids and human growth hormone………hmmmmm. Shades of Lance Armstrong LOL.

  15. I love Timmy, perhaps too many blows to the head here. This is crazy talk, that Callahan through the Super Bowl for Gruden.

    Timmy needs to let it go and get over the missed opportunity. He looks like an idiot and sore loser. Lost respect for Timmy here.

  16. Tim Brown has been on the record with this story for the past several years (2010 to be specific). However Bill Romanowski is being disingenuous by squashing Brown’s claims. In his book Romanowski talked about how Bill Callahan disrupted the team’s normal routine.

  17. Based on his coaching ability at Nebraska, I think Bill Callahan was just an idiot. Jon Gruden set him up with the best possible situation to walk into (See Barry Switzer). All he had to do was let Rich Gannon run the offense and everything would fall into place. And clearly he did that until 2 days before the Super Bowl. He tried to do what he thought was best and since he’s clearly an idiot, it failed miserably. Bill Callahan is only guilty of not getting out of his and everyone else’s way.

  18. Actually Romanowski wouldn’t know since he was a defensive player (not to mention wacked out of his mind on several drugs).

    John Ritchie, the FB from that team, has pretty much confirmed Brown’s version of things with Mortensen without being as animated.

    So the plot thickens, and the NFL might have a problem on their hand if more offensive players tend to side with what Tim Brown is saying.

  19. Brown’s comments should have nothing to do with how the Hall of Fame voters mark their ballot.

  20. p4hbiz says: Jan 22, 2013 1:40 PM

    Why is this Steroid Clown even talking…
    …while his 4 Super Bowl rings are laughing at you.

  21. Is it possible– I know it seems remote and an excuse, and I’m not offering it as one– but is it not possible that Brown has suffered enough head trauma that he’s lashing out in a disturbed and irrational way? Nothing else makes sense. The claim that Callahan would tank the superbowl is beyond absurd. He’s been quiet for a while but not getting into the Hall (esp when commentators during his career irresponsibly called him a ‘sure, first ballot Hall of Famer’ Tim Brown) might have set him off. In any case, even a Bronco fan, it’s sad to see so great a player be so petty, inane and dumb. Has to be something else. Dementia. Deperession. Something.

  22. Romanowski is one of the NFL’s lowest lowlifes in the history of the game so I wouldn’t exactly take his word on it.

    In fact, speaking out against it actually makes me think it true and I have no dog in this fight.

    Plus he was a defensive player so I doubt he had much insight into what was going on in the offensive meetings that week.

  23. Jesus even when they were winning they were a dysfunctional team.Well,that’s Al’s Raiders

  24. schrutebeetfarms says:
    Jan 22, 2013 1:28 PM
    I’m flabbergasted that people still interview Bill Romanowski for any reason.

    Now that was funny. Now excuse me I have coffee to wipe off of my monitor.

  25. “rc33 says:
    Jan 22, 2013 2:01 PM
    p4hbiz says: Jan 22, 2013 1:40 PM

    Why is this Steroid Clown even talking…
    …while his 4 Super Bowl rings are laughing at you.”

    Yes 2 won with salary cap cheating by the Donks and all 4 tainted with his own steroid cheating.

  26. Romo is really doing well on air with his “in your face style” and honest opinions from a player perspective.


  27. Is Tim Brown doing this now because he thinks Jim Harbaugh is going to let his older brother John Harbaugh win the Super Bowl (and send Ray Lewis out on a high note)?

  28. Losing B Robb was devestating. I remember we beat the Bucs in 2000 or 2001 by about 40 points and B Robb was tossing Sapp around like a little rag doll.

    Actually that Superbowl was the only time the Bucs beat the Raiders in the history of the NFL.

  29. Charlie Garner was on the radio earlier and confirmed Callahan changed the game plan 48hours before the game and also confirmed his contempt for the Raiders. Garner said they found game balls given to him in the trash can. That says a lot to me. I played thru college and a game ball was a big deal to players and coaches alike. Not something you would chuck unless you had a reason

  30. If you watch the Buccaneers Superbowl DVD you can hear John Lynch running off the field early in the game and he says “This feels exactly like what we ran in practice all week” Question is, if they were practicing for a week against something that the Raiders offense didn’t even know they were going to run until 2 days before the game, how did Gruden know? Maybe he was just talking about the plays, and the way Gannon made decisions on the field because as safety, Lynch did a lot of reading before he reacted.

  31. Mr. Davis was always concerned with another team spying and getting the Raider game plan. It is entirely possible that Mr. Davis changed things at the last minute . The fact that they were playing their former head coach may have had something to do with it. The deliberate sabotage angle seems outlandish.

  32. If I got fired and had my legally binding contract pay withheld, I might throw team stuff in the garbage too, but that would be after the superbowl.

  33. Although it’s obvious something when awry for the Raiders in that game, I find Brown’s theories a little bizarre, too. Then again … if Romanowski is calling him out, there’s probably something to it. You can’t believe anything Romanowski says.

  34. “People want to make themselves more relevent” says Bill Romanowski, who never did anything so ridiculous as that.

  35. Ugh…I think I’m waaay more inclined to believe Jerry Rice than believe Romanowski, who was playing on the other side of the ball.

    This is coming from a guy who watches all of Raiders Postgame Live and sees Romanoski a lot on Chronicle Live hear in the bay area…and Romanowski isn’t exactly the most intelligent person. Especially when it comes to what’s going on on offense.

    He’s the guy who actually thinks the Raiders would be better off trading for Tim tebow. TIM TEBOW. When they have Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor.

  36. This story died down when Jerry Rice who is beloved by NFL media CONFIRMED Tim Browns story..
    John Lynch CONFIRMED that they knew Raiders plays “somehow”
    This was a robbery, I think it goes beyond just the head coach. I think NFL did not want Al Davis winning ANOTHER Superbowl. Bill Callahan could careless if he won a superbowl for the Raiders at that time since he thought he was going to get offers to be a head coach at other clubs… Callahan said “that team never felt like MY team”

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