Jon Gruden wasn’t convinced that the best way to field a Super Bowl-caliber football team involved paying a quarterback and a defensive player premium salaries. One, yes. Two, probably not. For emphasis, Gruden might point to tonight’s Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears game in which former Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack dominated the first half and
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."