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Redskins interested in April

The Redskins love to go big, whether it’s on the free agent market or coaching market.

That’s why it’s no surprise Dan Snyder has his eye on Bobby April, the former Bills special teams coach who became a free agent this week.

PFT’s Mike Florio credits a source that Snyder is interested in April, and eager to spend money to get the very best on his new coaching staff.  April’s special teams units in Buffalo were consistently among the best in football.

New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan began his morning at 6 A.M. to meet with each member of the previous Redskins coaching staff. No announcements about the new staff have been made, outside of the addition of Kyle Shanahan as the team’s offensive coordinator. 

Danny Smith was the team’s special teams coordinator last year.

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23 Responses to “Redskins interested in April”
  1. INISHUL says: Jan 7, 2010 2:06 PM

    Sounds good to me – as long as I never have to watch Randle El return another punt…EVER.

  2. BobsCountryBunker says: Jan 7, 2010 2:09 PM

    Pittsburgh wants April also, but they will never outbid Danny… not unless one of the Rooney’s hits the trifecta down at the track.

  3. RIP__21 says: Jan 7, 2010 2:11 PM

    Besides a few gimmick TD plays, the special teams unit has been dismay under Danny Smiths tenure; particuarly the punt returning.
    Time for some new blood, I think April would be a great pickup.

  4. db3300 says: Jan 7, 2010 2:12 PM

    “it’s no surprise Dan Snyder has his eye on Bobby April”
    But, don’t forget, it’s Shanahan who will be making all of the football decisions. wink, wink.

  5. tombrookshire says: Jan 7, 2010 2:22 PM

    Nice going Dan, already usurping your new coach’s authority and publicly announcing that he and not his coach is targeting an assistant coach. What was that that Gibbs said, that Snyder was a great owner who wouldn’t interfere? Took him, what, a day, to start interfering???

  6. Boofer T Justice says: Jan 7, 2010 2:31 PM

    @INISHUL – Since when did Randle El return punts? I mean he stood back there but, he wasn’t returning sh*t. Is there an NFL stat for running East-West?
    Great coaching is nice but new coaches don’t have the time to teach Randle El how to catch a football. The ‘Skins need someone to bring in a proper/any KR/PR and to stop cycling through every WR and RB to stand back there in a single game.
    Move over Obama, there’s a new Messiah in town.

  7. mvb2328 says: Jan 7, 2010 2:33 PM

    danny smith is not a bad special teams coach either… they always have some of the best coverage units in the league… if the skins could actually get a kicker that doesn’t suck and get rid of randle-el special teams would be just fine.

  8. Crushitlong says: Jan 7, 2010 2:34 PM

    Snyder has his eye on Bobby April ??
    Jesus here we go again. I thought Shanahan was making the decisions.
    Snyder ought to sit home and look through catalogs for some heel lifts. Meddling little troll.

  9. turgid says: Jan 7, 2010 2:48 PM

    What happened to Shanahan making the decisions? Florio it sounds as if you are the “source” here and thought this would be the next move by the Redskins.
    How about some facts?

  10. Mangy66 says: Jan 7, 2010 2:50 PM

    Honestly…I don’t know if I can blame Danny Smith for everything on Special Teams.
    He had our “Fair Catch Specialist” Antwaan Randle-El returning punts. Vince Lombardi would look bad.
    Overall, this hiring of the “Best Coaches” to be a part of Shanahan’s staff reminds me too much of Gibbs V.2
    We brought in the best coaches to work under Gibbs. There was Gregg Williams and Joe Bugel, and etc.
    Then again…we did the same thing with Spurrier and Marvin Lewis.
    Don’t like how eerily reminiscent of the past this current situation sounds like in this case.

  11. forbeskin says: Jan 7, 2010 2:58 PM

    Don’t you mean Allen/Shanny have their eye’s on April?
    By all appearances Snyder’s truly out of the picture when it comes to making decisions. This is just another way for PFT to generate website hits by inserting Snyders name and using yet again another “undisclosed” source. Good reporting guys!

  12. Strat4jazz1 says: Jan 7, 2010 3:04 PM

    Do you ever wonder if the Management of Six Flags have this much trouble with Lil’ Danny? Do you think he’s out scouting cool roller coasters for the park?
    Danny……. Sit the ‘F” down and let Bruce Allen and Coach Shanahan figure out this mess before you screw up so bad they can’t fix it.

  13. Birdlives says: Jan 7, 2010 3:11 PM

    I hear A. Source has all the info. He’s in the know. Once, he even had an awkward moment just to feel what it was like.

  14. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Jan 7, 2010 3:16 PM

    If they were as interested in the other 11 months of the year (particularly January), they wouldn’t be in the fustercluck they’re currently in.

  15. Zoology says: Jan 7, 2010 3:28 PM

    tombrookshire says: January 7, 2010 2:22 PM
    Nice going Dan, already usurping your new coach’s authority and publicly announcing that he and not his coach is targeting an assistant coach.
    Hey buddy, try learning to read. Either that, or you should probably figure out what the difference is between “Dan Snyder publicly announces…” and “Mike Florio has a source who thinks that Dan Snyder will…”

  16. Bruce says: Jan 7, 2010 3:31 PM

    Anytime someone says the “Redskins” are interested they are gonna say “Snyder” is interested. Half the stuff written on this website is reported erroneously and ends up being corrected with updates. I’ll keep an eye on Rosenthal’s posts and read them with a raised eyebrow.

  17. Katmanduu says: Jan 7, 2010 3:32 PM

    April should go to Pittsburgh if he REALLY wants to coach a winning team’s special teams…..

  18. smiley says: Jan 7, 2010 3:42 PM

    First of all….it’s Shanny’s call…second of all…everyone keeps talking about Six Flags. You do know it’s a write-off right? Corporations actually buy it for the write-off….they’ve done it for years.

  19. Deadskinsfan says: Jan 7, 2010 3:47 PM

    “Overall, this hiring of the “Best Coaches” to be a part of Shanahan’s staff reminds me too much of Gibbs V.2.”
    I understand your skepticism, but Gibbs wasn’t one of the best when he came back. He’d been out of the game for 12 years. He was a dinosaur. Spurrier wasn’t mentally cut out for the grind of NFL coaching, although the lack of talent he had to work with didn’t help inspire him.
    The important change is having a legitimate, credentialed GM and a proven HC working in tandem to tear down and rebuild this team.

  20. packers4life says: Jan 7, 2010 4:02 PM

    “April should go to Pittsburgh if he REALLY wants to coach a winning team’s special teams…..”
    Or better yet, he should go to Green Bay. They sure could use him over there but I highly doubt that will happen.

  21. ch19079 says: Jan 7, 2010 4:49 PM

    April is a great special teams coach. Many teams should be calling him.

  22. LuckyPierre says: Jan 7, 2010 5:43 PM

    How many special teams turnovers did the Redskins have this season? I can think of about 3 or 4. Muffed punts and an interception thrown by the punter. Special teams potentially cost them two wins this year.

  23. FireJerryJones says: Jan 7, 2010 7:53 PM

    Shanahan.. already yesterday’s news. Snyder still the first to spend the most in the ‘off season’/

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