There are those convinced that the Raiders were on their way to unseating the New England Patriots as the AFC’s top team in 2016 were it not for a season-ending injury to quarterback Derek Carr. Believe what you may, the Raiders certainly were as close to a Super Bowl-caliber team than at any other time
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."