Jon Gruden inherited a 4-12 team when he was hired to be the Raiders head coach the first time, in 1998. He had his work cut out form him that time, given the Raiders were fresh from perhaps the worst season in Al Davis’ long reign to that point. What made it even more difficult
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."