Alec Ingold replacing fullback Keith Smith never was going to be easy. Smith had an edge in experience, was well-liked and a favorite of special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia. Yet, Ingold made the decision an easy one and now it’s paying huge dividends. Ingold made the transition from Smith to a wide-eyed rookie easy on
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."