One of the many lessons Jon Gruden learned from his time working for late-owner Al Davis is the importance of having a stout, dependable offensive line. In the Raiders’ opener, the value of Gruden espousing the same philosophy was evident. Thirty times, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr dropped back to pass in a 34-30 victory. Thirty
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."