Jon Gruden is part of a long list of head coaches that deem exhibition games as an unavoidable nuisance, with not exposing his front-line players to possible injury far more valuable than seeing them appear in meaningless games. The added benefit of such an approach is getting a long look at roster long-shots, lower-round draft
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."