Long before the Raiders started losing games this season, the warning bells were sounded. Yes, it was a coup for Mark Davis that he convinced Jon Gruden to return for a second stint as the Raiders head coach, several people said. But, beware, things aren’t going to be the same this time around. At the
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."