Despite Jon Gruden’s best attempt to shield as many of his key players from injury as possible during the exhibition season, he wasn’t able to keep his linebacking corps intact beyond the second game. To that end, Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock, no doubt with input from defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, spent the past
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."