When Raiders owner Mark Davis embarked upon his first full season in charge, he hired Reggie McKenzie to be his general manager. McKenzie had one stipulation: Jon Gruden would not be the head coach. That had nothing to do with Gruden’s coaching ability and everything to do with his thirst for power. Davis consented. Six
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."