In 2004, the San Diego Chargers had Drew Brees as their unquestioned starting quarterback. The previous season, the Chargers finished 4-12 and in last place in the AFC West. That yielded them the No. 1 pick in the ’04 draft. Naturally, they drafted a quarterback. Sound familiar? Might Raiders coach Jon Gruden do this year
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."