Q: How has it been to be around a guy like Justin Tuck?
Mack:"No doubt. It's an advantage from my point of view having a guy like that in the locker room, not only on the field but off the field and learning a lot from him as far as business-wise and all those different things."
Q: What was the final team meeting like? What was the message from Coach Sparano?
Mack:"Coach Sparano, he knows how to keep a group together and keep you confident in everything that you think about, especially in the offseason, knowing that you have a lot to get better at. That's the main thing he wanted us to know, to hold our heads high and to come back and fight."
Q: Did you learn anything about yourself this year?
Mack:"I learned that I'm a competitor, I'm going to fight no matter what. That's the way it's always been and that's the way it always will be."
Q: What were the things that jumped out at you about being an NFL player?
Mack:"You have a lot of time to dedicate to this game, the way you use it is the way you'll see it reciprocated on Sundays. The time you put in taking care of your body and studying the game is what you're going to get out of it on Sunday, and that's what I've learned."
Q: Did you learn things that you can refine and change?
Mack:"There are a lot of different things you can refine and change, but at the end of the day you've got to continue to get better and that's one of the things I know for myself. I know you've got to get better in every phase of the game, there's nothing that you can't get better at playing this game."
Q: How tough was it going from Top 5 draft pick to the record that it is?
Mack:"That's the thing, you just try not to think about that even though you feel like, it's a lot on your plate as far as that goes but at the end of the day you've got to keep fighting and do what you can. That's all that it is."
Q: What's optimism like?
Mack:"Optimism is a good word. We're very optimistic as far as that goes, knowing that you have a great foundation here and we want to keep building on it."