Head coach Jon Gruden has gushed about quarterback Derek Carr ever since they convened for one of Gruden’s Quarterback Camp segments on ESPN, when Gruden was out of the NFL for nine years. Gruden has cranked up the praise in the five-plus months since he was hired by the Raiders, which places even more pressure
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."