Raiders head coach Jon Gruden wasn’t ready to give up hope the other day when the likelihood of his team making the playoffs dipped to 2 percent or so. The results from Sunday’s game aren’t going to give Gruden anymore reason for optimism. With his team idle today, Gruden no doubt kept an eye on
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."