Raiders coach Jon Gruden always has his favorite each season. It might be a bruising fullback, a hard-hitting safety or a versatile tight end; but Gruden has a penchant for latching on to certain players. When he arrived, Gruden fell in love with wide receiver Amari Cooper and promptly made it known that Cooper was
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."