Last year around this time, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was catching a ton of flak for stocking his roster with thirtysomethings that weren’t apt to be around whenever he had a playoff-caliber team. He and general manager Mike Mayock are working hard to implement a different approach. That is, Gruden and Mayock are more
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."