Raiders head coach Jon Gruden loves competition at all positions, as evidenced by many of his offseason moves. The interior of his offensive line is as stout as any team in the league, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared in case of injury or some other circumstance that sidelines a key player. To that
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."