The Raiders season has gone far better than most expected, with the possible exception of head coach Jon Gruden, general manager Mike Mayock and fans viewing things through silver-and-black-colored glasses. Now comes the tough part. The Raiders survived a brutal early stretch in which five of their seven games were played away from the Oakland
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."