Things started off innocently enough, with first-year head coach Jon Gruden releasing starting cornerbacks David Amerson and Sean Smith within two months or so of being hired. He quickly ramped up things by cutting standout punter Marquette King and leading wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Who knew then, that Gruden was just getting started? Within eight
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."