With head coach Jon Gruden making it sound as if linebacker Bruce Irvin will be back next season, the Raiders appear in fine shape in terms of their edge pass-rushing. Now Gruden and general manager Reggie McKenzie can shift their focus toward beefing up the interior of the Raiders defensive line. Two legitimate options to
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."