Jordan angered by offensive production

Raiders running back LaMont Jordan had some harsh words for Oakland's offense as the team struggles with the stigma of being the only NFL team without a touchdown this season. Speaking during a break in practice Wednesday, Jordan ticked off a list of things that have gone wrong for the Raiders this season but says the bulk of the responsibility falls on the offense.

''That's really what it comes down to,'' said Jordan, who has rushed for just 55 yards on 29 carries in two games. 'What we've done in the first two weeks, personally I think ... we've had three bye weeks. We definitely haven't shown up to play football.

''Really, I'm calling the offense out. I'll say it: We need to step up and play. Every player ... offensive line, running backs, wide receivers, quarterback ... we really need to step up and play the game the way it's supposed to be played.''

The Raiders are off to one of their worst starts in franchise history, having managed just two field goals while getting shut out by San Diego in Week 1 before getting bounced around by Baltimore in Week 2.

Oakland had a bye last Sunday so the beatings stopped for a while. But with Cleveland coming off a strong performance in its loss to the Ravens last weekend, the Raiders are going to be back on edge.

Heading into the game against the Browns, Oakland is last in the league in total offense, rushing, passing, points scored, first downs and third-down efficiency.

''The first two games we were not physical at all,'' Jordan said. ''The other teams that we played, the came out and they hit us in the mouth and they did it for 60 minutes. And I think we responded by retreating. I don't think we came out there to play football.''

While much of the blame for the Raiders poor start has been pinned, and rightfully so, on the offensive line, Jordan said it would be a mistake to overlook the rest of the offense.

''Don't go and say that I'm bashing my offensive line or nothing like that because I can see that's coming already,'' Jordan said. ''That's not what I'm saying. What I'm saying is that offensively as a whole, we have to play better.

''You have to realize that you are a man, that this is your job, that you can't just come out week after week and get hit in the mouth. At some point you're going to have to start punching back. If I was a defense coming to play the Raiders, the way we've looked on film, I'm coming out thinking, 'Hey, I'm about to have a career day.' And some people might not like my comments, but hell, it's the truth. If we want people to start saying positive things about us, then what we have to do is give ‘em a reason to say something positive.''

NOTES: Quarterback Aaron Brooks (shoulder) is the only Oakland player definitely ruled out of Sunday's game against the Browns. Defensive end Kevin Huntley (foot), linebacker Grant Irons (back) and linebacker Sam Williams (ankle) are questionable while cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha (foot) and Fabian Washington (hamstring), and tackle Robert Gallery (calf) are probable.


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