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Lack of Big Plays; Penalties Continue to Haunt Raiders

Kiffin frustrated 

While the Raiders defense was at fault for giving up a lot of yards on the ground Sunday in a 13-9 loss to the Titans, head coach Lane Kiffin was more upset with the way his offense play at LP Field.  “You can’t play offense like that and win,” Lane Kiffin said. “That’s no secret.”  14 penalties Sunday stopped just about any chance the Raiders had on Sunday, and 11 of those infractions came on offense.  Six were false starts, meaning a lack of focus by the offensive line.  “I need to get this offense fixed,” Kiffin said. “I need to put in more discipline . . . I think we were the most penalized offensive line coming into the game. It’s very disappointing and it needs to change.”

Quarterback is another issue for the team, as Daunte Culpepper, who vowed to have a big season, is having anything but.  The team is void of big plays, and the passing game is showing lapses like last season, even though there appears to be  an upgrade with Culpepper and Josh McCown in there throwing the ball over last year’s disaster with Aaron Brooks and Andrew Walter.  Kiffin took mercy on Culpepper after the game, but his play, or lack there of, is a reason why the Raiders are not winning.  “Daunte wasn’t false-starting,” Kiffin said. “Daunte wasn’t hitting people in the back doing the holding. Daunte didn’t drop the last pass.”            

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