Twenty years ago, first-year Raiders head coach Jon Gruden received an unfavorable opening-game matchup, as he and his team faced the defending AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs on the road. The parallels from that game and the Raiders’ regular-season opener in the upcoming season are striking. In that game, the Raiders boasted of a
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."