PHOENIX -- With an enormous backdrop of controversy, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's Super Bowl media day session was a wide-ranging affair.
And Belichick, in a hoodie and flip-flops, cracked a smile or two along the way.
None bigger, perhaps than when Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo's 4-year-old daughter Chya asked the often-bristly coach "what stuffed animals do you like?"
Belichick's response; "What stuffed animals do I like? I like a little puppet where you can kind of put your fingers in and it's a little monkey and then he can talk and move his fingers and nod his head and kind of talk back to you."
Overall, Belichick still had the wall up for questions about the NFL's investigation into how 11 footballs were measured as under-inflated at halftime of the Patriots win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game. He answered each one of those questions, as well as the questions about the effect of the controversy may have on the team with, "We're focused on Seattle."
On his relationship with quarterback Tom Brady, he said: "Tom and I have been together for 15 years, so I would say our relationship covers a lot of ground. We played golf together for three days at Pebble Beach last year."
On the last three movies he had seen; "Last three movies I saw: Unbroken, American Sniper -- those two for sure. I think back to what I saw in the summer, but those two for sure."
On what his favorite movie is starring Joe Pesci: "Home Alone. Definitely Home Alone. No question about that. Home Alone and Home Alone 2 over the Christmas holidays. My Cousin Vinny. Put them all in there."
Advice for young players and coaches "would be enjoying playing because that's a much shorter window. You'll have plenty of time to coach throughout the rest of your life, but you can only play this game for a fairly short period of time and it's a great game to play. So if you have an opportunity to play it, play it, and then when that's over, if you want to coach it, there'll be plenty of time left for that."
On whether he has pregame rituals he said; "No, not really."
Asked who the best quarterback he had seen run the no-huddle offense, he said; "Johnny Unitas."
And asked, again, to give advice to any young coaches, Belichick said, "I'm just trying to coach my team. I'm not trying to run anybody else's life."