Jon Gruden has taken a lot of heat for the way he has navigated his way through his first season back as Raiders head coach. In most instances, the criticism was well deserved. But, when it comes to his controversial trade of wide receiver Amari Cooper, Gruden hasn’t received proper credit. To recap: Gruden traded
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."