JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Now that much of the hoopla is over, Champ Bailey can get down to the business of trying to win Sunday's Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
"That's the whole reason we got on the plane and came here — to win the game," Bailey said early Wednesday morning aboard the Cornucopia, a small cruise ship anchored next to the Broncos' team hotel. "That's what we need to start focusing on now."
After Tuesday's media day and a night in the Big Apple for many of the Broncos players, they will get down to serious business later Wednesday with a practice in full pads. Coach John Fox said the team while likely practice outside on the synthetic field at the New York Jets complex in nearby Florham Park, N.J. While many NFL teams don't practice in pads in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, Fox wants the Broncos to stick to the regular routine they employed during the season. Bailey is perfectly fine with that.
"It's what we have done all year," he said. "From day one, we had a padded practice every week, except for maybe a couple weeks. I think we are a better team when we go through game-like situations."
Fox said he told his players to enjoy themselves on Tuesday, but also reminded them why they are here.
"We know that this is a business trip," Fox said.
Bailey, a future Hall of Famer who's waited 15 seasons to play in the Super Bowl, has emerged as the sentimental favorite to get a ring.
"One of my finer moments in coaching was watching (Bailey) hoist the Lamar Hunt Trophy after we won the AFC championship," Fox said.
Bailey said Tuesday's media day was mostly what he expected.
"It was kind of what I have seen on TV the last 15 or 20 years," he said. "But it was not as crazy as I thought it would be, as far as the questions were concerned. They weren't as crazy as I thought they would be. I just tried to avoid them, anyway."