A week from Monday, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden will get to see his players in pads for the first time this season. In Gruden’s football-centric world, that’s about the best gift he can receive for his 57th birthday that day. Gruden only recently met some of the players he and general manager Mike Mayock
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."