JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- The over-under is 27 1/2. That's not the points scored by one team or the other in Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII, but the number of times Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will yell "Omaha," a signal to get the ball snapped.

Yes, it is too much over a small part of the game, and Broncos coach John Fox on Monday at the team's Hyatt Regency hotel more than implied he was as worn out explaining "Omaha" as perhaps the national television audience was in listening to Manning shout it.

"I won't get into the exact specifics," said Fox, "and really we've never been real thrilled that the league kind of makes us put on these microphones on players. It's not real fun for us.

"I know we have to change a lot, and all those kinds of things. In today's NFL, offensively, there are more and more people doing things at the line of scrimmage, and I don't want to get into too much . . . When you give people 18 hours a day, you'll see different things. He (Manning) is as good (at calling signals) as anyone I've been around."

A day earlier, shortly after the Broncos arrived for the week leading to their game against the Seattle Seahawks -- who also is staying in the town that calls itself "Jersey City on the Hudson" -- Fox spoke of his health.

During the team's bye week in November, while playing golf near his off-season home in Charlotte, N.C. (Fox coached the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004), he passed out and needed heart surgery for a bad valve. He was gone a month while Jack Del Rio ran the team.

"I'm very blessed," said Fox. "Just like I tell the players, sometimes setbacks are setups for better things to come."

---Denver cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie said he remained serious about retiring if the Broncos beat the Seahawks.

"Coming out of college," said Rodgers-Cromartie, who attended Tennessee State, "I gave myself a five-year goal. If I could make just five years I would be all right. Coming from a small school, and, of course, playing six, it has been a long journey and I'm weighing my options. I am still a young guy (27) and not a Champ Bailey or Peyton Manning who have a legacy of going out on top."

In his rookie NFL season, 2008, Rodgers-Cromartie played for Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII, and defended Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who caught the winning touchdown pass with 35 seconds remaining. And Rodgers-Cromartie thinks about it five years later.

"Not to the point where it beats me up," he said. "But to the point we were that close to getting a ring. I do tend to think about it a lot. Any time the Super Bowl comes around, they tend to show that play. You sit there, look at it and think, 'I was almost there.' I am looking forward to this one."

---Denver linebacker Paris Lenon, like the subject of that Johnny Cash song, has "been everywhere, man," starting with the Carolina Panthers in 2000. Then it was the XFL Memphis Maniax, the Green Bay Packers (2001), the Seattle Seahawks (2001), back to the Packers (2001-2005), the Detroit Lions (2006-2005), the New England Patriots (2009), the St. Louis Rams (2009), the Arizona Cardinals and finally last August the Broncos.

He's the last XFL player still playing in the NFL.

"I think it's a cool story," said Lenon, 36. "But other than that I don't think much about it."

Nor, he confided, does he think much about finally reaching a Super Bowl after what he's gone through, including an 0-16 season with the Lions in 2008.

"I don't think it's sunk in to the point at all," said Lenon. "I'm going to allow myself to think about it when (the game) is over. Right now, it's business. It's a big challenge ahead."

---There is a life-size cutout photo of Denver wide receiver Wes Welker off radio row in the New York Sheraton, sponsored by Old Spice, so people can pose next to it. Not quite like the real person, but for some it's as close as they will get.