It’s a popular NFL adage that coaches and players take their biggest leaps in Year 2, be it in the league, at a particular position or in a system. Therefore, in theory, head coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr are poised to take big steps forward next season. Gruden is in his second season
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."