In 2001, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was in search of a featured back. He loved his lead back from the previous season but he wasn’t quite sure if that player was his kind of running back. So, he kept looking. Ultimately, versatile veteran Charlie Garner landed in Gruden’s lap, so to speak, which gave
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."