Alex Mack Talks About His Old Friends In TampaJanuary 27th, 2014
Hmm, Browns Pro Bowl center Alex Mack played for Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford at the University of California. And Mack’s offensive line coach George Warhop, the only one he’s played under in the NFL, is now the guy coaching the same position for the Bucs.
That’s a combination that needed to be explored in the Pro Bowl locker room yesterday.
Joe’s superstar team of hula-gazing, pineapple-eating reporters peppered Mack with a few questions on the record. Mack didn’t take much bait.
JoeBucsFan.com: Tell me a little about Jeff Tedford
Alex Mack: I had a great experience with Coach Tedford in college. He’s a great coach. I’m happy to see him back in the game at the NFL level. We always took great pride in having a great offense at Cal.
Joe: Do you think his offensive philosophy is going to translate well to the pros?
Mack: Absolutely. He works really hard, and also demands that everyone around him works hard as well. It will be good to see what he can do.
Joe: Coach Lovie Smith is a real laid back guy. What is new offensive line Coach Warhop like?
Mack: Hop’s a great coach. Me and Joe have had him for 5 years in Cleveland. He’s been a great coach, works real hard, demands a lot out of us, you know, but good things happen.
Joe: What techniques does he emphasize?
Mack: You want to make sure you are between the ball carrier and the defender (laughs). You just block people on the offensive line. There’s really not so much to talk about.
Joe: There’s been a lot of fans calling for you to join the Bucs. You are a free agent. Any interest in coming down to Tampa?
Mack: You know, we’ll cross that path when we get to it. It will be interesting to see what happens.
“That path” Mack refers to is the free agency bell ringing in about seven weeks. The 28-year-old has two Pro Bowls under his belt, hasn’t missed a game, and is a big strong presence (for a center) at 6-4, 311 pounds.
Of course, adding an expensive piece like Mack to the Bucs already overpaid offensive line would mean a shakeup is coming.
An option that could be interesting is adding Mack and moving durable veteran Jeremy Zuttah back to guard, where he’s had success in his career and where his current salary, about $4 million per season, is more of a bargain than at center.