"He loves coaching. He has learned more and more. He's a player's coach. He looks out for us and tries to make things better for us.”
Gundy has come a long way since coming in as the braces-wearing, first-year coach with a head full of rock-hard hair gel.
And even farther from the brash, fiery offensive coordinator who, as the story goes, exclaimed after OSU's 38-28 Bedlam victory in 2002 that he "had eight more plays” that he knew would have scored, but head coach Les Miles prevented him from calling them.
Gundy says the biggest change in his coaching personality has been his increasing patience.
"I'm a lot more patient with the overall picture,” Gundy said. "(I've seen) what other people did, and I've been exposed to other head coaches, but when it all starts sliding down your desk, it's a little different.
"Patience has been the biggest thing in dealing with players and coaches and egos and everything we deal with every day.”
Gundy doesn't worry as much about the little things — like when offensive line coach Joe Wickline sends a player into the hallway during a meeting because of sub-par play in the previous practice. Gundy trusts those he has put in place beneath him. He manages the program, but doesn't try to micromanage it.
On some level, Gundy will likely always be tied to the rant. But that is a misleading image of the coach he is becoming.
"It's hard to say someone who's in his 40s has matured,” Holder said. "But as a football coach, I think he's grown a lot.”