Three players with a legitimate shot at being Pro Bowlers for the Raiders this season were gone before the midpoint of the season. Defensive end Khalil Mack and wide receiver Amari Cooper were traded and end Bruce Irvin was cut after he failed to seize upon his role as the leader of the defense. Yet,
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."