Brown on Callahan "He coached to get fired"
Brown says Callahan alienated players

Posted Dec 30, 2003


“There was no doubt in my mind that this guy didn’t want to be here anymore. He coached to get fired and that’s what I think should happen to him.” -- Raiders WR Tim Brown

When Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown talks, people usually listen.

Well, on Monday, he had plenty to talk about on his weekly radio show on KNBR regarding the state of the Raiders and head coach Bill Callahan one day after their abysmal 4-12 season ended with a 21-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

Callahan held a brief three-minute news conference Monday, taking no questions in the process. He spoke at length on the subject of suspending cornerback Charles Woodson and running back Charlie Garner missed a team function at 9 p.m. and the 11 p.m. curfew Saturday. Callahan did not, however, address his status as the head coach but reportedly cleared out his office Friday evening.

Brown, meanwhile, has seen the highs and lows in his 16 years as a Raider. He certainly did not hold back Monday. Brown suggested that Callahan’s behavior from training camp was a strong sign that he wanted out of Oakland.

“There was no doubt in my mind that this guy didn’t want to be here anymore,” Brown said. “He coached to get fired and that’s what I think should happen to him.”

Brown also added that Callahan said many things to make enemies with the players and continued that trend throughout the season.

“One time after practice he called everybody up and said, ‘Guys, I don’t want anyone of you guys to be my friends. I’ve got friends outside the game,’” Brown said. “So at that particular time in training camp, you are separating yourself from the team.”

Callahan was a Raider assistant under Jon Gruden from 1998-2001 before being promoted to head coach after Gruden was ostensibly traded to Tampa Bay. After a Super Bowl appearance last season, Oakland fell from grace in 2003.

Brown also mentioned a couple of scenarios when Callahan walked off the field during a game before apologizing in his days as an assistant. How much longer Callahan remains the head coach is still officially unknown. Owner Al Davis is the one whose viewpoint matters most but he has not said one way or the other if Callahan will remain the coach. If most of the players can help it, however, Callahan would be out now.

Woodson, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, publicly called out Callahan twice this season because he felt the coach had too big of an ego. Several other players have joined Woodson including defensive tackle Rod Coleman, safety Anthony Dorsett and Brown, who said he would not return if Callahan were the coach.

Vince D’Adamo can be reached at vdad7@yahoo.com



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