Defensive end Bruce Irvin was supposed to be the linchpin of the Raiders defense this season, just as wide receiver Amari Cooper was going to be the focal point of the offense. Now, both are gone as part of head coach Jon Gruden’s purging of the roster he inherited from fired predecessor Jack Del Rio. Irvin
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."