Al Davis was fond of finding one or more things to complain about when the Raiders schedule was released each year. In doing so, Davis unwittingly provided his players with a built-in excuse for when things didn’t go well. What Davis should have been doing was, for example, to play up the fact that his
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."