Raiders head coach Jon Gruden inherited a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team in 2002 that was Super Bowl-ready. All he had to do was take the baton from fired head coach Tony Dungy, make a few tweaks, then sit back and enjoy the results. He realized that things weren’t going to be so easy when he
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."