One of the central tenets of Al Davis’ philosophy when building a defense was to work from the cornerbacks outward. Hence, it’s not a coincidence the Raiders have a rich history of top-tier talent at cornerback. Head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock have attempted to honor Davis’ tried-and-true formula by using high-round
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."