One of the quickest ways for an NFL team to turn around its fortunes is to load up on impact players, the kind of players that can change the complexion of a game at any time and on a consistent basis. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden dispatched of five impact players within the past eight
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."