Raiders head coach Jon Gruden had no interest in playing his front-line players during exhibition games last season, for fear of losing any of his top players to injury. As a result, he had to wait until the regular-season opener to get answers to burning questions. Based upon Gruden’s approach last season, don’t expect to
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."