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Russell has no ill feelings toward fired coach Kiffin

Updated: October 3, 2008, 3:06 AM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was caught off-guard by a claim by owner Al Davis earlier this week that former head coach Lane Kiffin was against drafting Russell last year.

Russell, the first overall pick in 2007, felt he had a strong relationship with Kiffin and said the two often joked with one another. They worked together closely during the offseason and into training camp, and would routinely exchange text messages after games.

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