Raiders head coach Jon Gruden isn’t shy about pointing out the need to bridge the sizable gap that exists between his team and the AFC West-champion Kansas City Chiefs. Many of the shortcomings are obvious. Special teams, as it turns out, also is an area where the Raiders have plenty of catching up to do.
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."