In a bizarre coincidence, Jon Gruden’s final game as head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008 came against the Raiders. Many people recall that oddity. What they don’t remember is just how badly that Buccaneers team stumbled after a blistering start. The Buccaneers started 9-3 that season, with the losses by a combined
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."