Rarely is the football in Chris Morris' hands, and he's usually the Raiders center. Such is life on the league's worst-ranked offense.
The Raiders (1-4) simply can't find the first-down marker to retain possession. They have averaged only 10.8 first downs in their first five games, one of several categories in which they rank 32nd (last) in the NFL. Among the others: yards per game (191.6) and time of possession (25 minutes, 17 seconds).
"The offense has to do a better job of not going three (plays)-and-out. It's been plaguing us the last four weeks," Morris said Monday at team headquarters in Alameda, a day after the Raiders lost their third straight game, a 44-7 rout by the host New York Giants.
First downs are a familiar problem for a team deluged by many others. The Raiders finished last in the league in 2008 with 14.1 first downs per game.
Coach Tom Cable didn't announce any lineup changes and said quarterback JaMarcus Russell's disappointing play is "the least of my concerns." Blocking was the chief complaint from Cable, who has no plans to relinquish his play-calling role.
"I really look at it as, is the play you call, does that have anything to do with executing it?" Cable said. "Does it have anything to do with being in a manageable third down?
Added tight end Zach Miller: "We've got to protect the quarterback and stay out of third-and-long situations. We just haven't been executing and running the ball like we're
"I advised Michael Vick not to go there," Dungy said on Sunday's "Football Night in America" broadcast. "I said, 'Mike, you might be able to start there, but that is not a good place for you.'""
Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Raiders on Sunday. In relief of Donovan McNabb during Sunday's 33-14 win over Tampa Bay, Vick completed his first pass since 2006, a 1-yard toss to DeSean Jackson. Vick ran four times for 10 yards and has completed 1 of 5 passes in two games since his reinstatement.