Conventional wisdom says to build an NFL defense from the defensive ends outward. Raiders late-owner Al Davis, of course, loved to buck the norm, and he preached building a defense with the cornerbacks as the starting point. Current Raiders coach Jon Gruden and Davis didn’t always see eye to eye on a lot of things,
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."