Simply adding new, talented players won’t be enough for Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock to transform the Raiders into a playoff-caliber team next season or soon thereafter. The key is bringing aboard impact, game-changing players through the draft and free agency. The common denominator for every playoff team was all 12 teams were spearheaded by
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."