If Lovie Smith and Marcus Mariota were having a conversation, the decibel level would barely be above a whisper.
Both are on the quiet side, keep their emotions checked and prefer to discuss things rather than yell to make a point.
Mariota's high school coach told him one day to get in somebody's face and yell at him or be forced to run sprints. Mariota chose the sprints.
"There are different types of leadership, and people respond differently to different things," Mariota said. "Sometimes showing that you care for somebody means so much more than yelling at them and will get them to do their best."
Smith never uses profanity and takes a similar approach in dealing with players.
These similarities are why Smith will choose Mariota in this year's NFL Draft if he decides to take a quarterback.
It is has nothing to do with who is the better player between Oregon's Mariota or Jameis Winston from Florida State. That's a debate that will rage endlessly if both declare for the draft by the Jan. 15 deadline.
Lovie and Marcus are so alike it's hard to believe they are not father and son.
It was a rough year for Smith, who went 2-14 in his first season as the Tampa Bay Bucs head coach. In contrast, Mariota won the Heisman Trophyand has Oregon playing in the national championship game.
But you could never tell who had the better season by looking at their faces or examining their demeanor.
Mariota is as much like Smith as Winston, the 2013 Heisman winner, is the antithesis of the coach.
Smith and Mariota share a lifestyle that is intertwined, making it seem Lovie was made to coach Mariota and Mariota was made to play for him.
You can throw in Tampa's location as another reason Mariota would welcome the selection. He grew up in Hawaii, where the beach was his sanctuary.
It has given life to rumors that Mariota wants to know if the Bucs will draft him before he declares for the draft.
This is about an African-American man who grew up in Big Sandy, Texas, and a Polynesian with a Samoan father who found his comfort in a place called Sandy Beach Hawaii growing up in Honolulu.
They are trailblazers who have never forgotten their roots.
Mariota is the first Polynesian and first person from Hawaii to win the Heisman, but he doesn't want to be the last.
"So many times in Hawaii we are told we don't have the same opportunities as others. I just want people back home to realize you can take your opportunity and make the most of it," he told reporters following the Heisman ceremony.
Mariota was on target because he makes it a point to be that way about everything.
American Samoan families earn the lowest wages among the main ethnic groups in Hawaii, and the island of Samoa is considered one of the most impoverished communities in the world.
When he was in New York for the Heisman, Mariota made it a point to visit the 9/11 Memorial and place a lei on the name of a fallen Hawaiian.
While Winston has been embroiled in numerous problematic situations, such as sexual assault charges and frightening people with a prolonged BB gun battle that went unreported for months, Mariota has been above reproach.
Smith and Mariota do not seek the spotlight. They share a love for their fellow man that might seem foreign in the sport they play.
They are quiet and easygoing, don't seem to get excited, at least outwardly, and neither one drinks.
Both were devoid of luxuries in their youth. Smith was poor growing up in Big Sandy, but was successful thanks in part to a hard-working mother. Mariota's parents sold their home so he could attend football camps.
Both have used their struggles to make others successful.
Mariota didn't start until his senior year of high school and was not Oregon's top choice.
Lovie Smith put Big Sandy on the map and helped pave the way for African-Americans to become NFL head coaches. He is active in the American diabetes movement and other causes.
Mariota is polite and respectful to the point of being labeled a choir boy. Lovie doesn't believe in cursing, and no one has ever heard him utter a profanity.
Mariota's critics say he is the benefactor of a system offense and has a mediocre arm. They wonder if he can stand in an NFL pocket and be successful.
Despite having the stronger arm, Winston threw 18 interceptions, the bulk coming against weak ACC defenses devoid of the type of talent he will see in the NFL, particularly in the secondary.
Right up until the final postgame press conference of the season, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher had to defend Winston for an argument he and the quarterback had toward the end of the game.
It doesn't help Winston that Fisher was the offensive coordinator at LSU for JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft and arguably the biggest draft bust of all time.
Tony Dungy, who gave Lovie Smith his first NFL job when he was head coach of the Bucs, said Mariota reminds him of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and admits to being frightened of Winston.
"I would definitely take Marcus Mariota," Dungy said. "Rodgers played in Jeff Tedford's system (at California). He moved around a lot in college and was athletic, and we didn't know how good a thrower Rodgers was until he got to the NFL. I think the same thing is going to happen with Marcus Mariota. People are going to be surprised to see how efficient he is, how accurate he is and how well he takes care of the ball."
Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7056. Follow him on Twitter @ADellSports.