Jon Gruden has been criticized for having too much power and control in his second go-round as head coach. Some of that might be warranted, but there is ample evidence that he listens to his coordinators when it comes time to signing free agents. As evidence, the Raiders signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Tuesday with
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."