Raiders head coach Jon Gruden boasts of the competition he has created at every position by bringing in a busload of new players, via free agency, the draft and trades. In that regard, he has succeeded. Yet, trouble lurks at several positions if things don’t go as well as planned. Gruden still has four months
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."