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O'Brien joins Dolphins staff

MIAMI -- According to the Miami Dolphins Website (www.miamidolphins.com), head coach Nick Saban announced that Superior native Scott O'Brien has joined the Dolphins as coordinator of football operations. He will handle special assignments by the ...

MIAMI -- According to the Miami Dolphins Website ( www.miamidolphins.com ), head coach Nick Saban announced that Superior native Scott O'Brien has joined the Dolphins as coordinator of football operations. He will handle special assignments by the head coach in addition to working in the team's personnel department.

It was also announced that Derek Dooley, Will Muschamp and Bobby Williams were named to the team's coaching staff for 2005. Dooley and Williams will join the staff as offensive assistant coaches, while Muschamp will be a defensive assistant coach.

O'Brien is a veteran of 14 NFL seasons, including the last six as assistant head coach/special teams with Carolina. Under O'Brien's guidance the Panthers finished in the top six in overall special teams performance in four of his first five seasons. Overall in his six seasons with the team, the Panthers returned a total of 11 kickoffs or punts for touchdowns.

This will be O'Brien's second stint working with Saban, as he started his NFL coaching career as special teams coach with the Cleveland Browns in 1991 while Saban was the team's defensive coordinator (through 1994).

O'Brien then spent the next five seasons with the Browns and then followed the franchise to Baltimore, where he served as the Ravens' special teams coach from 1996-98 before joining the Panthers. During his NFL career, O'Brien has tutored some of the NFL's top returners, including Eric Metcalf (Cleveland), Jermaine Lewis (Baltimore) and Steve Smith (Carolina). All three returned two punts for touchdowns in the same game under O'Brien, a feat that has been achieved just 11 times in NFL history. O'Brien got his start in the coaching profession at his alma mater, UW-Superior, where he served from 1980-82.

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He also has held assistant posts at Nevada-Las Vegas (1983-85), Rice (1986) and Pittsburgh (1987-90). O'Brien was a linebacker at UW-Superior and went on to play one year each as a defensive end with the Green Bay Packers (1979) and Toronto Argonauts of the CFL (1980).

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