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Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears hopes those grating fumbles can be a teaching moment

Ivan Fears needed some closure after the Patriots failed to close out their opener against the Dolphins, the final nail in the coffin being Damien Harris’s red-zone fumble.

The veteran running backs coach, always one to wear his heart on his sleeve, couldn’t hide his disappointment even two days after the 17-16 loss.

“Hell yeah, you know it. You can’t like that. That hurt. It hurt everybody,” Fears said Tuesday.

“One thing we usually take pride in is not giving the game away. We gave ourselves — we took away a chance for us to win the game.