The Jon Gruden Era II got off to an exciting start Friday night, with a long run, a deep throw and some big hits sprinkled in early and often. It took seven months for Gruden to coach his first game as the Raiders head coach since the 2001 season, but the initial signs are encouraging.
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."