Russell Says Relationship With Kiffin Was Fine

The Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell felt he had a good relationship with former head coach Lane Kiffin. Russell said the two often joked together, worked together closely during the offseason and into training camp, and would routinely exchange text messages after games. However, managing general partner Al Davis accused Kiffin of not wanting to draft Russell, a charge Russell found surprising. “It just kind of came out of nowhere,” Russell said. “I really don’t think myself or coach Kiffin or anybody else were looking for that to come out that way.”