For almost eight months, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has been breaking down the players he inherited from fired predecessor Jack Del Rio and general manager Reggie McKenzie, figuring out which free agents to target and studying the collegiate prospects he was interested in drafting. That was being done so with an eye toward bringing
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."