For all his many talents, perhaps the thing that gets overlooked the most when it comes to Jon Gruden is his ability to make people want to play for the team he is coaching. It took Gruden awhile to bring that about during his first tenure with the Raiders, but that’s only because he hadn’t
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."