Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther made bolstering the defensive line a high priority when they arrived four months ago. The early indications suggest that they might have exceeded their expectations. Last season, the Raiders defensive line amounted to end Khalil Mack fighting off, and through, double-teams and counting upon help
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."