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Scott O'Brien

Scott O'Brien
Current position
Team New England Patriots
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-06-25) June 25, 1957
Place of birth Superior, Wisconsin
Career information
Position(s) Special Teams Coach
Defensive end
College Wisconsin–Superior
Team(s) as a player
1979
1980
Green Bay Packers
Toronto Argonauts
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1980–1982

1983–1985


1986


1987–1990

1991–1995

1996–1998

1999–2004


2005–2006



2007–2008

2009–present
Wisconsin–Superior
(Assistant Coach)
UNLV
(Linebackers Coach)
(Special Teams Coach)
Rice
(Linebackers Coach)
(Special Teams Coach)
Pittsburgh
(Special Teams Coach)
Cleveland Browns
(Special Teams Coach)
Baltimore Ravens
(Special Teams Coach)
Carolina Panthers
(Assistant Head Coach)
(Special Teams Coach)
Miami Dolphins
(Coordinator of Football Operations)
(Assistant to the Head Coach)
Denver Broncos
(Special Teams Coach)
New England Patriots
(Special Teams Coach)

Scott O'Brien (born June 25, 1957) is a current American football special teams coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League.

Playing career

O'Brien attended the University of Wisconsin–Superior where he played linebacker from 1975 through *1978. He signed with the Green Bay Packers in 1979 as a defensive end and also played in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts in 1980.

Coaching career

College

O'Brien began his coaching career with his alma mater, Wisconsin–Superior, as an assistant coach from 1980 through 1982. In 1983, he moved to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he served as UNLV's linebackers and special teams coach from 1983 through 1985. He then spent a season in the same capacity at Rice University before becoming the University of Pittsburgh's special teams coach in 1987. He held that position through 1990, when he moved to the NFL coaching ranks.

NFL

In 1991, O'Brien was hired by then-Cleveland Browns head coach Bill Belichick as the Browns' special teams coach, winning the NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year Award in 1994. He stayed with the franchise even after Belichick's departure and the team's move to Baltimore as the Baltimore Ravens following the 1995 season. O'Brien was the Ravens' special teams coach through the 1998 season before he joined the Carolina Panthers as their assistant head coach and special teams coach in 1999. He left the Panthers after the 2004 season to join then-Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban as Saban's coordinator of football operations and assistant to the head coach in Saban's two seasons in Miami, 2005 and 2006. O'Brien then joined the Denver Broncos as their special teams coach in 2007, leaving after the 2008 season to serve the Patriots in the same capacity, re-joining Belichick.

External links

  • New England Patriots bio
  • University of Wisconsin–Superior alumni bio
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