Updated: January 31, 2014 at 9:40 am
NEW YORK — As if they were enjoying a morning coffee together, Pete Carroll and John Fox fulfilled their final media obligations leading to the Super Bowl.
Relaxed, self-assured and even charming, the coaches of the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos answered questions for 30 minutes on Friday, joking with each other and the audience.
No grumpy one-sentence responses. No agitated reactions to edgy queries. At one point, Fox wondered if he could say a specific crude word to the audience on hand. Watching on television, he then went ahead and used the word. Carroll immediately quipped: "You can't say that, John," eliciting laughs from reporters — and from Fox.
Neither man seemed overwhelmed or even antsy about the biggest game of his life coming up on Sunday.