Coaches talk often about doling out roster spots and playing time based upon merit, with what round a player was drafted not being a consideration. Most coaches are lying through their teeth as they stare into the camera and dare fans to believe them. In Jon Gruden’s case, his actions match his words. Then again,
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."