Jon Gruden and the Raiders went through a ton of bad, miserable times this past season en route to a 4-12 finish. The prospect of having three first-round picks in the upcoming draft is one of the things that helped sustain Gruden and those expected to be part of the next massive rebuild. Overall, 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."