Everything Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock do is with an eye toward closing the gap between their team and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. They made progress last season, even though they were blown out in both games between the divisional rivals. The Raiders have the ability to close
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."