In 2010, Al Davis had his sights set upon Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain in the first round of the draft. Knowing Davis wanted a linebacker, the Raiders scouts recommended trading down, acquiring another pick and taking a linebacker that they considered superior to McClain. Davis, of course, ignored the advice of his scouts and snared
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."