Coach Matt Nagy, though, said he thought Mack "looked pretty good" during practice on Friday. The Dolphins' gameplan was to commit plenty of resources to stopping Mack, but he wasn't effective even when he had one-on-one pass rushing opportunities as the game went on.
Belichick's affinity for Taylor, whom he coached during his time as New York Giants defensive coordinator in the 1980s, is well-documented. I'm not putting anybody in Lawrence Taylor's class. Put everybody below that. He now leads the NFL in the percentage of pass attempts longer than 20 yards and has a passer rating of 121.5 (good for eighth-best in the NFL) on those throws, per Pro Football Focus. "They've got weapons over the top".
As expected, Marcus Cannon (concussion) is out and then there are 10 Patriots players listed as questionable, including Sony Michel and Josh Gordon.
So the opportunities will be there for Mack, Leonard Floyd, Akiem Hicks and the Bears' pass rush to affect Brady on Sunday. Mack injured the ankle early in the game but managed to be on the field for 62 of Chicago's 78 total snaps on defense. He's officially questionable for Sunday. Nagy says team medical personnel will monitor how he bounces back from Friday's practice.
Callahan's availability may be more of a pressing concern than Mack's, given how well the Patriots' offense has played since slot receiver Julian Edelman returned from a four-game suspension to begin the season. "It's a big part of their offense. I have a lot of respect for a lot of good players, but we're talking about Lawrence Taylor", Belichick said. "I believe in that, and I think it's important to go that route".