The New England Patriots running game was seen as an area of strength heading into the 2021 NFL season, but there's plenty that needs to be cleaned up ahead of Week 2.
Damien Harris' brutal fourth-quarter fumble was one of four Patriots fumbles during their 17-16 loss. Fellow running back Rhamondre Stevenson also turned the ball over earlier, and two of New England's fumbles came in the red zone.
Harris reacts to costly fumble in Pats' loss to Dolphins
Harris' teammates, including Patriots captain James White, picked him up with words of encouragement after the game. His running backs coach Ivan Fears, however, didn't hold back when discussing the Alabama product's costly mistake.
“That hurt. It hurt everybody," Fears said Tuesday. "The one thing we take pride in is not giving the game away, and we gave away our chance at winning the game. There is no way you feel good about it. The only thing we feel good about is that we get to play again and again and again. ...
“The one thing we preach more than anything in the world is good ball security. It was like the classic thing that you wouldn’t expect to happen. Give the ball away — give the damn game away by turning the ball over in the last few minutes when in scoring position. That is a hard one to accept. For Damien, God, that stings like a song of a gun. The whole team is sitting there, all of their faith is in you. He’s had to deal with that, and I’ll tell you what, he’s the kind of guy who will come out of this alright.”
Source : https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/patriots/patriots-rb-coach-damien-harris-fumble-we-gave-damn-game-away304