While the four best teams in the NFL prepare to play for their respective conference championships, the five teams with the best defenses will be at home watching, along with the Raiders. Maybe that’s a signal to Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and other teams with lackluster defenses that they don’t need to improve in
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."