By Sunday night, one of the Super Bowl coaches will be holding it up in victory.
The other will be left thinking about next season.
“The trophy really does symbolize the ultimate challenge and competitiveness in our sport and in our world of coaching or playing,” said Carroll, whose Seattle Seahawks take on Fox’s Denver Broncos on Sunday. “To dream about being in this position as a kid and then working all through the years of coaching, battling and watching other guys do it, and for the first time for us - it’s a tremendous honor.”
Carroll and Fox fulfilled their final media obligations Friday, a day after their players finished theirs. The coaches appeared relaxed as they answered questions for 30 minutes, joking with each other and the audience.
Both teams will have a walkthrough Saturday, and then it’s time to play. Finally.
“I think this is the pinnacle of it,” Fox said. “Unlike different levels of football, there’s only one happy camper at that end.”
Here’s a quick look at a few of the other Super Bowl story lines from Friday:
There was talk of adding playoff teams, monitoring instant replay from league headquarters in New York and possibly creating a set of guidelines to prevent locker-room bullying.
Speaking at a theater in midtown Manhattan, he said “there’s a lot of benefits” to increasing the postseason field from 12 to 14 teams, citing a “more competitive” league. That proposal would require “Yes” votes from 24 of the 32 owners.
Goodell said the competition committee will make recommendations to all the owners about having replays from all games overseen by the league office, similar to the centralized replay systems used by Major League Baseball and the NHL.
“What we all want is consistency and fairness in our officiating,” Goodell said.
Another focal point, according to Goodell, will be preventing the kind of alleged bullying that rocked the Miami Dolphins this season.
OTHER ISSUES: Goodell did not respond directly to questions about whether other cold-weather cities with outdoor stadiums could host NFL championship games. But some well-timed fake snow made for a funny moment.