A lot of time, thought, effort and expense have been devoted to turning the Raiders defense from a liability into a strength. The early signs are encouraging, though it’s far too early to allow visions of the 1976 Steelers, 1985 Bears, 2000 Ravens or 2002 Buccaneers to dance in your head. First-year head coach Jon
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."