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https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/29143602/alex-mack-focusing-solely-season-falcons-draft-likely-successor

Atlanta Falcons six-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack, who has one year remaining on his contract, said he is "taking it one year at a time'' regarding his NFL future after the team drafted his possible replacement, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

Mack, who turns 35 in November, had hoped to play at least 10 years when he entered the league as a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns (2009). Now heading into his 12th season, Mack will let 2020 play out before deciding how to proceed.

"Going into Year 12, I feel pretty good and excited for it, ready to take it on,'' Mack told ESPN. "I'll play the year out, see how I feel -- how my body works and how much I'm enjoying it -- then make the decision at the end of year if I want to keep going or what. The future is unknown, and that's the way I'm looking at it. Every year is one year at a time: keep going, prepare, and play, and do everything as best as I can. Then I'll see where I'm at.''

The Falcons drafted center Matt Hennessy from Temple in the third round, but Hennessy initially will line up at left guard. He figures to be the center of the future. Mack, a team captain and respected leader, called it his duty to help Hennessy develop even if the plan is for Hennessy to supplant him at center.

"I told him like, 'Hey, glad you're on the team. I'll help you as much as a I can,''' Mack said. "And I don't know. Will he play center in the year? Will I be out of the league? Will I be on a different team? Will I still be a Falcon? The future is unknown there. But it's my duty to help him be as good as he can be. If he's a teammate or a former teammate, if I can help the younger guys learn more, it only helps you. It makes me a valuable part of the team to be able to coach people.

"And you want good people next to you. If he ends up being the left guard and I helped him a lot, well that helps me. If I get hurt and he steps in and plays awesome at center, well all my teammates that I care about now have a better [prepared] center. I'm fortunate to be in a position where if I coach him so well and he takes my job, well, I'll be OK. I'll survive. I'll move on. I'll retire from football or I'll go somewhere else. I'd love to be able to have the right attitude and help.''

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I get the impression that this article was written as if people are thinking Mack should be upset.  Alex Mack doesn't strike me as Brett Favre.  He doesn't come off as its my spot and its disrespectful for you to think this guy is my replacement.  Nor has he ever said its not his job to help younger teammates.

Mack strikes me as a smart guy that has options.  I'm not sure what his aspirations are after his playing days are done, but I'm sure he will have a plan.  Is it coaching, broadcasting at some level, who knows.  I think he is well aware that the day he hangs up his cleats for good is coming.  I see him at the type that would love to have a young guy around that he could pass along all the "little things" to in order to help that guy succeed when he is gone.

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17 hours ago, Charles Wright said:

 I'd love to get his assessment of Hennessey  after they play together awhile. Glad he's about showing him the tricks of the trade, as he's a master.

From what I've read about Hennessey he enjoys calling the signals and being the leader of the OL, works his butt off and is extremely thorough in his preparation for every game. Mack is going to see a mirror image of himself.

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18 hours ago, PokerSteve said:

Mack is going to see a mirror image of himself.

When you look at their combine results they are almost the same guy.

Only odd thing is that Mack was lauded for his thick biceps and dedication to Strength. Whereas the knock on Hennessey is he lacks mass and length (they were almost identical height and weight coming out of College). And....Matt out benched Mack by 3 Reps.

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6 hours ago, vitaman said:

When you look at their combine results they are almost the same guy.

Only odd thing is that Mack was lauded for his thick biceps and dedication to Strength. Whereas the knock on Hennessey is he lacks mass and length (they were almost identical height and weight coming out of College). And....Matt out benched Mack by 3 Reps.

:lol:

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