Photo by USA Today Despite the presence of Mike Mayock as general manager, head coach Jon Gruden remain in firm control of the Raiders. Yet, there are signs that Mayock is having far more influence over Gruden than fired predecessor Reggie McKenzie, with Thursday’s release of wide receiver Jordy Nelson another glaring example. Signing
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."