By this point, nothing that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden does moves the surprise needle. Not after he traded star defensive end Khalil Mack, traded No. 1 wide receiver Amari Coooper and whiffed on just about every free-agent move and trade he engineered this season. If anything, unexpected moves have become the norm for Gruden
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."