Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s word on free-agent additions carried a lot of weight with head coach Jon Gruden during their first two years with the Raiders. Now it’s first-year defensive line coach Rod Marinelli wielding a ton of influence in that regard. Earlier this season, the Raiders signed former Dallas Cowboys defensive linemen Maliek Collins
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."