Raiders head coach Jon Gruden game-planned for the regular season with an eye toward hitting the ground running, building some momentum and riding that into the playoffs last season. His plan backfired before it had a chance to work, but Gruden figures to stick with the same approach next season. Gruden held back most of
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."