The fact that people are even worked up about whether 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa or Raiders end Maxx Crosby is deserving of NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year serves as validation that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock pulled off one of the draft’s biggest heists. For what it’s worth,
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."