Barring an improbable sequence of events the final two weeks of the season, the Raiders are going to miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season and third under head coach Jon Gruden. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills are legitimate Super Bowl contenders at similar stages of their rebuilds, with head coaches
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."