Head coach Jon Gruden wasn’t around in 2006 when then-Raiders owner Al Davis showed no interest in signing free-agent quarterback Drew Brees, and the former San Diego Chargers standout signed with the New Orleans Saints. Brees, of course, overcame a shoulder injury before the 2006 season and teamed with head coach Sean Payton in transforming
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."