For three weeks, head coach Jon Gruden and his players had promised that the Raiders were close to breaking through, that they just needed someone to make a big play, something to go their way. As it turned out, they were only inches away. With their season about to implode and the fans to turn
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."