When Jon Gruden was hired to replace fired head coach Jack Del Rio, the Raiders were one year removed from winning 12 games and earning their first playoff berth since the 2002 season. Gruden wasn’t impressed, to say the least. He immediately set out to remake the team in his image, a process that he
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."