NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin didn't consider using Josh McCown, who is recovering from an injury, to replace Daunte Culpepper at quarterback Sunday.
Kiffin knew no change at the position would fix the debacle on offense.
"Daunte wasn't false-starting," Kiffin said. "Daunte wasn't hitting people in the back. Daunte wasn't holding. Daunte didn't drop the last pass."
There was plenty of blame to share on offense in the Raiders' 13-9 loss to the Titans at LPField. The Raiders committed a season-high 14 penalties, couldn't protect Culpepper (five sacks) and Mike Williams dropped a pass on fourth down with 1:21 left in the game that might have been a first down and thwarted a Raiders comeback.
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"I tried to run and the ball was just dropped," Williams said. "It's a situation you want to be in as a player and it didn't work out. It was a drop, bottom line."
The Raiders' defense did what it could, although its struggles against the running game continued. But it would have taken a perfect game to overcome offensive struggles that are reminiscent of the problems under Art Shell last year.
There were 11 offensive penalties and no answers as to why.
"Lack of focus, I guess," said left tackle Barry Sims, who had three false starts and a holding penalty. "The team counts on me and us to do a job and when you (mess) it up the job doesn't get done."
Sims was the most penalized Raider, but three other offensive linemen also had penalties. There also were two special-teams penalties on punt returns.
"If one person falls apart, and one person makes the wrong decision or whatever, bad things can happen," Culpepper said. "Whatever it's going to take, we've got to stay the course, and try to minimize all our mistakes."
For the first time under Kiffin, the offense failed to score a touchdown and the Raiders (2-5) lost their third game in a row to equal last year's record after seven games.
"I'll take a three-to-nothing win," Williams said. "It's not about not scoring touchdowns. It's about execution."
Which has been lacking on offense lately. The Raiders have two offensive touchdowns in three games.
Sebastian Janikowski's three field goals provided all the offense and gave the Raiders a 9-3 halftime lead. But it's tough to live just off Janikowski's foot.
"I need to get this offense fixed," Kiffin said. "We need to play more disciplined and that all comes from me."
In the past two games the defense has given up 25 points while the offense has managed nine.
Defensive tackle Warren Sapp suggested the Raiders need to "go to church" because as the old saying goes, someone isn't living right for things to turn out as they have the past two weeks.
Titans running back LenDale White made sure the defense isn't too full of itself. He ran for a career-high 133 yards to lead the Titans, who totaled 192 rushing yards. The Titans' (5-2) lone touchdown drive was a 69-yarder featuring runs of 4, 27 and 14 yards by White and a 24-yard scoring run by Chris Henry.