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Dolphins hiring Alabama staffer Brendan Farrell as special teams assistant

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LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 13: A Miami Dolphins helmet sits on the grass before the start of their game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 13, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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The Miami Dolphins are adding an Alabama assistant coach to their coaching staff.

The Dolphins are hiring Brendan Farrell as a special teams assistant. Farrell had been a special teams quality control coach at Alabama. The move was reported by Farrell is listed on the Dolphins coaching staff on the team’s website.

Farrell previously spent time as a coach at Wayne State, Northwestern State, LSU and Middle Tennessee State before joining Saban’s staff at Alabama in 2013. Farrell played linebacker and safety at Notre Dame from 1996-99 before getting into college coaching at Wayne State in 2002.

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban have a close relationship extending back to their shared time together with the Cleveland Browns. New Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was the Patriots de facto defensive coordinator last season. With the shared connection to Saban, it’s not a surprise Flores would look to Saban’s coaching staff for possibilities to build his coaching staff in Miami.