SUPER BOWL: Relaxed, funny and charming, coaches Pete Carroll and John Fox await the big game

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By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, and Denver Broncos head coach John Fox laugh as they pose behind the Vince Lombardi Trophy before speaking at a news conference Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in New York. The Seahawks and the Broncos are scheduled to play in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game on Sunday, Feb. 2, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 Carolina Panthers 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.

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