Raiders head coach Jon Gruden informed his troops last week that he had the players he needed to do some “damage,” with the implication being he was satisfied with the players on the roster in advance of training camp. That made for a nice sound bite, but only the naive and smitten took him at
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."