This finally was going to be the year that the Raiders got defensive. Head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock had the offensive side of the ball in order. Now it was supposed to be the defense that received the same kind of attention. The process began in 2018, when Gruden was hired.
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."