Raiders head coach Jon Gruden on Thursday backed up what general manager Mike Mayock said a day earlier about Derek Carr being the team’s franchise quarterback, which puts to rest any speculation about who is going to be throwing passes to Jordy Nelson and Co. next season. “Yes, he’s our franchise quarterback,” Gruden said to
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."