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2002 Raiders coaches will face inevitable questions about Tim Brown’s accusations


More and more Raiders players are chiming in on receiver Tim Brown’s accusation regarding former coach Bill Callahan’s motivation for switching the offensive game plan two days before the start of Super Bowl XXXVII.

Eventually, members of the 2002 Raiders coaching staff will face questions about the situation.

Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan declined to address the situation at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday. But that was before Hall of Famer Jerry Rice corroborated Brown’s views -- and before Brown elaborated on them during an appearance on Tuesday’s Pro Football Talk. (Here’s the full transcript.) At some point, Callahan’s silence becomes almost as damning as an admission.

Other members of the 2002 Raiders staff likely can expect to face questions, sooner or later. Senior offensive assistant Marc Trestman was hired last week to coach the Bears; per Paul Gutierrez of, Trestman also declined comment on Tuesday. Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer served as assistant offensive line coach on Callahan’s staff, and Bears running backs coach Skip Peete was the running backs coach in Oakland.

Callahan’s staff also included an offensive assistant who was only one season removed from playing. You may have heard of him. His name is Jim Harbaugh.

And Jim Harbaugh will be spending a lot of time next week talking to the media, once the 49ers arrive in New Orleans. Though he may not appreciate fielding questions about the game plan from a 10-year-old Super Bowl, it’s better than getting another question about the fact that he’s facing his brother.