Special teams key players for years were almost a given when it came to the Raiders. Sebastian Janikowski was the kicker, Shane Lechler or Marquette King was the punter and Jon Condo was the long-snapper. My, how things have changed since Jon Gruden was hired as head coach in January. One of Gruden’s first hires
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."