Thirty years ago, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson were just starting out in their respective coaching careers at the University of Pacific, working hard to find their way. On Sunday, the long-time friends will square off at the Coliseum with teams in the early stages of full-on rebuilds.
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."