One year ago, the Raiders and 49ers limped into the offseason, smarting from identical 4-12 records. Today, the 49ers are preparing to host the NFC Championship Game, while the Raiders still are searching for the right ingredients that can get them over the proverbial hump. On one hand, the 49ers’ remarkable run serves as inspiration
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."