The Raiders lost more than a reliable pass rush when head coach Jon Gruden traded standout defensive end Khalil Mack before the season started last year and, a short time later, released fellow veteran end Bruce Irvin. The moves left the Raiders without the kind of leadership, stature and experience that are the foundation of
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."