Kirk Morrison spent five years with the Raiders making a lot of tackles but never any waves.
So if Morrison is harboring any ill feelings about being traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars and being replaced by rookie Rolando McClain, he is keeping them hidden behind a diplomatic exterior.
Yes, he grew up in Oakland as a Raiders fan, and it was initially a shock to be traded. But it ends there.
"You're going to go out there, see some guys, shake some hands, wish them the best, but once the whistle blows and the game starts, you've got to turn that off," Morrison said Wednesday in a conference call with Bay Area writers, referring to Sunday's Raiders-Jaguars game in Jacksonville.
Morrison, who led the Raiders in tackles in all five of his seasons, is third on the Jaguars with 59 stops, trailing outside linebacker Daryl Smith (66) and strong safety Courtney Greene (64).
The fourth-round draft pick the Raiders got from Jacksonville was utilized on rookie wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who has two touchdowns receiving and two on kickoff returns.
"The Raiders are 6-6 and playing some good football," Morrison said. "Both teams kind of came out on the good end of the deal."