Morning Sports Update: Did the Patriots’ fumbling stats change after Deflategate?

Jasper Brinkley forces Tom Brady to fumble during the game at MetLife Stadium.
Jasper Brinkley forces Tom Brady to fumble during the game at MetLife Stadium. –Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports

One season removed from Deflategate, the Patriots have fumbled the fewest times per play in the NFL. The Celtics defeat the Nets, 103-94. And a Patriots coordinator is getting head coaching interest.

How to read 2015 fumble stats after Deflategate: “As the controversy unfolded last winter, many looked at the Patriots’ low fumble rate and speculated that it resulted from low PSI levels in footballs. But the most recent numbers tell a different story.’’ (MMQB.com)

Cleveland Browns have requested to interview Matt Patricia:

Colts sign coach Chuck Pagano, general manager Ryan Grigson to extensions: “Chuck Pagano’s determination to keep his job as Indianapolis Colts coach paid off when the team rewarded him with a new four-year contract late Monday night.’’ (ESPN.com)

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Donald Trump says ‘Tom Brady injured is still better than anybody else’: “Trump was campaigning Monday night in Lowell, and since Lowell is in New England, the Republican presidential candidate gave the Patriots quarterback his obligatory shout-out.’’ (Boston.com)

Johnny Manziel reportedly disguised himself with a wig and fake mustache to party in Las Vegas:

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Don’t walk the dog on Marcus Smart’s watch: “Nets guard Donald Sloan tried [to ‘walk the do’] against Celtics guard Marcus Smart on Monday night in Brooklyn. It didn’t work out.’’ (Boston.com)

Belichick yourself before you wreck yourself

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