The New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs arguably are the Raiders’ toughest opponents for the upcoming season. Yet, head coach Jon Gruden and his staff have far more homework to do on many of the Raiders’ 11 other opponents. See, for as good as the Saints and Chiefs are, Gruden, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther,
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."