There was some concern about Raiders head coach Jon Gruden going it alone when it came to drafting players in 2018, his first year back. As it turns out, those worries were well-founded. Of the nine players drafted by Gruden that year — he refused to accept input from then-general manager Reggie McKenzie — only
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."