Raiders raise flag of concern

Raiders head coach Bill Callahan cited a lack of discipline as a prime reason his team was flagged for 17 penalties in its preseason loss to Dallas on Friday and vowed to address the issue in the coming days.

''That will be the number one focus with our team,'' said Callahan, whose coaching debut with Oakland will be remembered more for the litany of yellow flags that littered the field than anything else. ''To look at our situation, it does involve discipline. Those penalties have to be rectified immediately. You can't have that in your game if you're going to be a championship team.''

Though the Raiders were hit with a multitude of penalties, Callahan was most concerned about the personal fouls picked up by defensive end Tony Bryant and safety Anthony Dorsett. Bryant was called for hitting Cowboy quarterback Quincy Carter with a forearm to the head which helped sustain a Dallas scoring drive on the first series of the game. Dorsett's personal foul negated a great play by teammates Rod Woodson and DeLawrence Grant and also helped keep a Cowboys socring drive alive.

The Raiders were plagued by sloppy play in all three phases of the game during the defeat to the Cowboys, particularly on offense. Oakland's offensive line was hit with nine penalties in all, though three of them came against the second-string team while five came against the third-string unit.

''That makes it look a lot sloppier than what it was,'' Callahan said.

Callahan said the team would address the penalties during practice this week, though a short practice week will limit what work the Raiders can do. Oakland did not practice Saturday and will only work out once Sunday afternoon. The team will practice twice on Monday and Tuesday before leaving for Tennessee on Wednesday.


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