Patriots special teams coach Scott O'Brien retires

New England Patriots veteran special-teams coach Scott O'Brien has retired.

He's expected to remain with the Patriots in a reduced role.

Assistant special teams coach Joe Judge replaces O’Brien, who was with the Patriots for the past six seasons.

O'Brien was the special teams coach for Bill Belichick with the Cleveland Browns and also coached special teams with the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos and worked for the Miami Dolphins.

“I have never worked with a coach better than Scott O’Brien,” Belichick said. “Scott is second to none at preparation, strategy, teaching, techniques, fundamentals, scouting and virtually any other aspect of team-building, game planning or player development that exists in football. I thank Scott for making me a better coach, finding and developing countless players and being such a tremendous asset at both organizations we worked together.

“Scott O’Brien is undoubtedly one of the finest coaches of his generation and he deserves having his final game be a Super Bowl championship. While we will miss his contributions in coaching, we look forward to continuing to work with him in other capacities.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.