Jon Gruden didn’t have anywhere near as much say in terms of personnel during his first tenure with the Raiders because of the heavy-handedness of then-owner Al Davis. But he had enough power to leverage a series of moves that offer clues as to what to expect this time around. The Raiders were fresh from
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."