Jon Gruden has spent three years trying to assemble a defense competent enough to complement his dynamic offense. To no avail. During that same time, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers built a dominant defense through a series of shrewd moves. In other words, whenever Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock preach patience and plead for more
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."