Twenty years ago, whether he knew it or not, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden entered his team’s regular-season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs in need of a win in the worst way. Quarterback Derek Carr finds himself in a similar situation as he prepares for Oakland’s regular-season finale against the Denver Broncos. Then-Raiders owner
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."