It’s a time-honored tradition in the NFL, every bit as reliable as the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano every March 19th. Coaches and players on teams that fall from playoff contention go from “pulling the same direction” on the proverbial rope to self-preservation mode. Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther appears to have gotten a
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."