He is very smart, very careful and he knows how to get the message across or, sometimes, not say anything.

He picked up some things from Davis, and also from Walsh, who was no friend of the media.

Mike has observed many of these things, and he's avoided the less toxic elements of those various personalities.

And for those of us who have a chance to see him outside of that coachspeak mode, well, he knows that we know that he lapses into that. He does it as a matter of design.

We end up sort of accepting that is the lesser of evils.