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Tony Sparano: Raiders need to stop creating new issues

The Oakland Raiders are 0-7. They clearly have multiple issues that are keeping them from winning a game.

On Monday, interim coach Tony Sparano said the team's main objective is to stop having to "patch up" a problem, after fixing another. Continuously dealing with new problems, Sparano says, will not serve this team well. He pointed out that while the Raiders have vastly improved on third-down defense they suddenly have a turnover problem.

The Raiders entered Sunday's game allowing opponents to convert on third down more than 50 percent of the time -- the highest rate in the NFL. They were able to hold the Browns to 2-of-12 on third down. But Oakland then turned the ball over three times, including two late critical turnovers.

"The one thing that has to stop happening for us is we can't patch one hole up and then find another one," Sparano said.

In other Raiders notes:

  • Sparano said the team will get cornerback DJ Hayden more involved in the coming weeks. He played on five snaps on defense and several on special teams Sunday in his first game of the season. The No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 draft was out all season with a broken foot. Sparano praised Hayden's play on special teams.

  • While there is nothing known for certain. The Raiders are hopeful rookie cornerback TJ Carrie's back injury, that took him out of Sunday's game, is not serious. He will continue to be evaluated.