O’BRIEN JOINING MANGINI?
Posted by Mike Florio on January 9, 2009, 5:21 p.m. EST
A league source tells us that Broncos special teams coordinator Scott O’Brien is expected to join Eric Mangini’s coaching staff in Cleveland.
Per the source, O’Brien is informing others in the league of his imminent arrival.
O’Brien is not one of the six assistant coaches whom the Broncos will encourage the team’s next head coach to retain.
O’Brien began his NFL coaching career in Cleveland, working as special teams coach from 1991 through 1995. He went with the franchise to Baltimore, and stayed through 1998.
He spent the next six years in Carolina as the special teams coach, and then spent two seasons in Miami with Nick Saban as “coordinator of football operations/assistant to the head coach.”
Though his official duties might have included stocking Saban’s office with Little Debbie cakes, folks with the Dolphins at the time suspected that O’Brien also was Saban’s extra set of eyes and ears.
After Saban went to Alabama, O’Brien landed in Denver, where he has spent the last two seasons.