Pats RB coach Ivan Fears “confident” Damien Harris will bounce back from fumble

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The Patriots saw two running backs lose fumbles during Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Dolphins and running backs coach Ivan Fears didn’t hide his disappointment about that on Tuesday.

Fears said “one thing we preach more than anything in the world is good ball security” and that the fumbles by Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris gave the game away in Week One. He was particularly upset with Harris fumbling on the Miami 11-yard-line with just over three minutes on the clock because the team “got what we needed there and then we just had to eat clock and play the game.”

Fears thinks other teams will try to get the ball out of Harris’ hands in the coming weeks and expressed his confidence in Harris’ ability to avoid future issues.

“He’s going to have some tough situations and people are going to come after him. They’re going to come after the daggone ball,” Fears said, via CBS Boston. “I feel confident Damien will step up to the plate with this. I really do. We have not had a problem with him, so I think we’ll be alright.”

Harris, Stevenson and the rest of the Patriots are back on the field against the Jets in Week Two.

17 responses to “Pats RB coach Ivan Fears “confident” Damien Harris will bounce back from fumble

  1. Well, I realize Stevenson is a rookie and a good teaching moment and I think that is why it was not challenged, but he was clearly down.

    Trent Green awkwardly tried to cover for Goodell there, but that wasn’t the only horrendously bad and false call on NE on Sunday.

    I would say 4 of their penalties weren’t even penalties. We never even saw what Judon did for example. CBS refused to show it.

    The Harris was a killer and a definite moment where you just need to protect and go down. There wasn’t more to be gained there and you need to run some clock anyway. An awareness thing.

    Ne wins it going away without the creepy Goodell calls and Harris’s poor decision.

  2. Luckily the Patriots play one of the worst defenses in the league this week. Run or pass should be fine now Weeks 3 and 4 will be my concern.

  3. It’s sad ‘fans’ have to resort to conspiracy theories and always blaming the refs when things don’t go the way of their team. Every team gets calls for and against them. Only whiners/losers harp on it constantly. Sometimes your team just gets beat. But can’t also say that because that would be knocking Belichick then.
    I do know one thing, pats usually eon these type of games with a brady. More turnovers, more penalties, bad breaks, but with Brady they could overcome those. Now the Bucs are overcoming those and winning games where they have more turnovers/penalties.

  4. tb12gronk87 says:
    September 14, 2021 at 5:55 pm
    It’s sad ‘fans’ have to resort to conspiracy theories and always blaming the refs when things don’t go the way of their team. Every team gets calls for and against them. Only whiners/losers harp on it constantly. Sometimes your team just gets beat. But can’t also say that because that would be knocking Belichick then.
    I do know one thing, pats usually eon these type of games with a brady. More turnovers, more penalties, bad breaks, but with Brady they could overcome those. Now the Bucs are overcoming those and winning games where they have more turnovers/penalties.

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    I don’t think proven vendettas and framejobs by this commissioner to levle the playing field, are a mirage. Yep. Just checked again. The last 15 years of his creepy behaviors changing rules, making them up, targeting NE, is absolutely real as is their obsession with maximizing the almighty dollar.

    I watch enough football to know that, NO, these things absolutel do not occur evenly throughout the league every week.

    We’ve seen him change a rule after a game and get caught doing it. Maybe you are new to the fanbase?

    With Brady in TB, yes, the offficiating is now heavily in TB’s pocket. We all saw the Super Bowl and we saw David rip his helmet off Thurs night with no call.

    These aren’t all magical coincidences. The league is so tight, even one call or non call influences a game.

    This is the only league that won’t even use a booth review to get a call right. Not a coincidence there either.

  5. Fun fact, TB6 believes the Patriots have never lost a game, only had games stolen from them. It is pathetic and hilarious.

  6. touchback6 says:
    September 14, 2021 at 5:35 pm
    Well, I realize Stevenson is a rookie and a good teaching moment and I think that is why it was not challenged, but he was clearly down.

    Trent Green awkwardly tried to cover for Goodell there, but that wasn’t the only horrendously bad and false call on NE on Sunday.
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    You are an embarrassment to Pats fans….even BB. You lost your bet, now honor it

  7. nhpats2011 says:
    September 14, 2021 at 6:54 pm
    touchback6 says:
    September 14, 2021 at 5:35 pm
    Well, I realize Stevenson is a rookie and a good teaching moment and I think that is why it was not challenged, but he was clearly down.

    Trent Green awkwardly tried to cover for Goodell there, but that wasn’t the only horrendously bad and false call on NE on Sunday.
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    You are an embarrassment to Pats fans….even BB. You lost your bet, now honor it

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    Amen!! He claims Brady gets all the calls now in Tampa but not when he was in New England? Huh? Yes the league still feasts to stick it to the pats while they’re in a rebuild. Some people start believing their own stuff after a while.

  8. Imagine think a team wouldn’t challenge a fumble and get the ball back so it can be “a good teaching moment”. Absolute lunacy.

  9. Stevenson was absolutely not down, and the play was a fumble. He also got steamrolled on 2 blitz pickups and almost got MJ killed. He has a lot of promise, but I don’t think we see him for awhile. Looking forward to JJ next week.

  10. The Patriots will clean up the fumbles then the league better watch out. This running game will be lethal in the playoffs.

  11. Stevenson must have really impressed in practice to get on the field. Even Harris was put on IR for most of his rookie year. I don’t think either of them are going to play particularly well in pass protection. Maybe we should have kept Sony. Anyway, we looked good for week 1.

  12. This is a big accusation, but I felt that in the Miami game viewers didn’t get nearly as many replays on questionable calls that we’ve seen in past games. Is this a coincidence or has the word been passed down to the various Networks carrying the game, not to show replays after questionable calls…
    I certainly wouldn’t put it past the league.

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