General manager Mike Mayock’s ability to get head coach Jon Gruden to accept his input and listen to him in a way that Gruden refused to do with fired general manager Reggie McKenzie ultimately might turn out to be his most important contributions to the Raiders. Last season, Gruden operated without a net and no
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."