Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is champing at the bit to do what he does best; mix it up with his players, build chemistry and take the pulse of his team. In a normal season, Gruden would have met all his players by now, learned what kind of shape they are in, discovered what buttons
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."