In three years’ time, head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch turned the 49ers from a laughingstock into a juggernaut, thanks to teamwork, sticking to the plan and a bit of good fortune. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock hope they are on the precipice of doing likewise. If
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."