E.J. Manuel played the role of backup quarterback to perfection last season but he is far from the ideal backup for a Jon Gruden-coached team. That title goes to Josh McCown, who is slated to hit free agency in March after a season that merits consideration as his career year. He completed 67.3 percent of
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."