Were Al Davis still alive, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden might not be back for a third season this time around. In fact, it was touch and go in that regard. Yet, it was in Gruden’s third season that the Raiders took full flight in his first tenure. Davis in 1999 was on the verge
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."