Jon Gruden was so confident in his play-calling abilities and play-diagramming skills that he made it clear from the outset that he would preside over the offense. He handed over the keys to the defense to Paul Guenther in his first major move, and Guenther has been slow to validate Gruden’s faith in his ability
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."