BUDDY: I'd trade him in a minute for a six-pack—and it wouldn't have to be cold.
RADIO HOST STEVE FREDERICK: He noticed. This old-timer, Charlie, who sat nursing a beer and watching us do the radio show each week in the restaurant, was missing one night, and Buddy says, "Where's Charlie?" He finds out Charlie's in the hospital, visits him and then gets furious when I ask if I can tell the story on the air.
BUDDY: We busted our asses trying to coach those dumb jerks, but they just couldn't play football.
JOANIE: He'll walk in the door and shout, "Joanieeee, I've got something for you! Hurry, I know you can't stand waiting!" I can't help laughing. It'll be a plastic ring with a heart on it from a gum machine. A plastic shamrock. I've got a whole jewelry box full of silly little gifts he's brought me.
WATERS: His first day of training camp here, there were six fights and 10 guys in the hospital with dehydration. He'd walk over to the offensive huddle and tell the running backs to cut-block us. Then walk over to the defensive huddle and say, "Running backs are cut-blocking you guys. Gonna take that?" Then he'd stand back there twirling his whistle, grinning.
TOBIN: He does it by dividing. Coaches against coaches. Players against management. Defense against offense.
BUDDY: The press uses me. So I use the press.
SOLANO: If there wasn't an enemy, he'd create one, so his players would always feel it was us against the world. The other team, the media, the fans, the owner, it didn't matter. He knew it was created, so he wouldn't take it seriously and couldn't understand why everyone got all pissed off at him.
BUDDY: He's a wimp. He's got no business coaching in the pros. He should be selling insurance.
CARDINAL ASSISTANT AL ROBERTS: I've never seen him feel remorse. He says, "I go to sleep with the lights off."