Twenty years ago, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was preaching many of the same things that he is to his assistant coaches and players these days: patience, keep grinding, the good times are on the horizon. The one massive difference is, Gruden had an owner breathing down his neck at every turn. Gruden no longer
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."