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RC: It was ridiculous. Ridiculous. It's media, man. They try to figure out the thing that's going to start controversy. So they wrote that I got Buddy Ryan fired. In the beginning of the season the first thing I said was, we need to get Buddy Ryan's contract done so the players can relax and play football. I kept saying that week after week after week. And [owner] Norman Braman said, "You play football. You can get Buddy's contract done by playing football." We went out and we lost in the playoffs. And Buddy got fired.
SI: Did you have a good relationship with Buddy Ryan?
RC: Yeah, of course.
SI: Did it become strained after this whole thing? I heard that you called him and that it was a hard phone call.
RC: Yeah. I tried to call Buddy, and he didn't have anything to say to me. He was hurt. But I called him to let him know, Hey, I didn't try to get you fired. I didn't say anything to Braman about getting you fired. And he said.... He didn't have anything to say. He said, "Thanks, my friend." And I felt he had a lump in his throat. So that was that.
SI: How would you describe yourself in ways the media haven't?
RC: I'm a very faithful person in what I do, my job. And then, I'm gentle. I'm gentle with people, I'm gentle with animals. I have a gentle personality.
People can get to me, and I'll break down and start feeling sorry for myself. I'm soft-spoken. I'm not controversial. I think that I'm an easygoing guy. I don't want to be loud and obnoxious. I just want to be a smooth guy.
I'm very thoughtful. I think of other people before I think of myself. That was one of my problems, that I was thinking so much and so highly of other people that I was taking myself for granted. Now I'm learning to appreciate myself as much as I appreciate other people.
A lot of people mistake my gentleness for, well...I'm only misunderstood through the media, because they see me as overly sensitive [about things] because I'm so gentle.