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Steelers to hire Redskins Danny Smith as special teams coach

Mike Shanahan, Danny Smith AP

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been searching for a new special teams after Amos Jones elected to join Bruce Arians’ staff with the Arizona Cardinals.

A day after receiving permission to interview Washington Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith, it appears the Steelers have found their man. According to Dan Hellie of NBC4 in Washington D.C., Smith will leave the Redskins to return home to Pittsburgh.

Smith has served as the Redskins special teams coach since 2004.

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30 Responses to “Steelers to hire Redskins Danny Smith as special teams coach”
  1. romosmicrodongs says: Jan 30, 2013 5:46 PM

    redskins special teams unit has alwsys been one of our best assets. danny is an excellent coach and steelers fans have a lot to be excited about. D.c. will miss ya.

  2. dlr4skins says: Jan 30, 2013 5:56 PM

    There was a reason our special teams unit stood out for years, out team wasn’t very good period.

    He will not be missed beyond relationships. His X’s and O’s will be replaced soon enough, maybe with another Shanny family member?

    I will give him credit for lasting forever in Danny Snyders old regime, but I’m not sure that’s an honor?

  3. burnzido says: Jan 30, 2013 6:03 PM

    Good luck in Pittsburgh Danny! Thanks for all of the hard work and dedication over the years. You have been a real asset to the team and a leader of men.

    All that being said, moving forward, I’m really looking forward to the Redskins not having the worst special teams unit in the league next year. I wonder who they hire to replace Danny? Whoever it is, it wont be that hard to improve on the 31st worst special teams ranking posted by Danny’s squad this year.

  4. kevindeezy says: Jan 30, 2013 6:07 PM

    Our special teams has ranked near the bottom of the league during the past 5 years. Like the guy but I think this could be a benefit..Thanks Pittsburgh

  5. kwickett85 says: Jan 30, 2013 6:11 PM

    The first commentor might miss him but I sure won’t. Our special teams is crap… before Forbath we’ve had nothing but terrible kickers, a punter who went from one of the greatest in college to an absolute flop in the NFL, returners that dance or fumble about as much as they make big plays. The only things that have been good about our special teams have been Lorenzo Alexander and Forbath.

  6. ravenator says: Jan 30, 2013 6:18 PM

    Hah! Whatever helps that pathetic 8-8 performance I guess. Honestly, this team is not even relevant anymore. It’s sad that their fans can wake up and see reality. Oh well, Ravens in the Super Bowl! Cheers!

  7. charlesfoxtrot says: Jan 30, 2013 6:20 PM

    Good riddance. This is a guy whose fg and punt units have had 9 kicks blocked in the last 2 seasons as well as having some of the most consistently bad kick and punt return units in the league his entire tenure with the team. How he is an allegedly well respected coach in the league with such poor results never made any sense to me.

  8. citizenstrange says: Jan 30, 2013 6:36 PM

    Was this a lateral move?

  9. FlyFromTheInside says: Jan 30, 2013 6:37 PM

    Look for Brandon Banks to turn up in Pittsburgh for a tryout once the Skins cut him.

  10. romosmicrodongs says: Jan 30, 2013 6:39 PM

    shhhhh youll give it away and theyll change their minds!

  11. wolfmagic2012 says: Jan 30, 2013 6:50 PM

    I think we win with this move, as long as we find a better coach…

  12. skinsfan56 says: Jan 30, 2013 7:11 PM

    Isn’t it ironic that smith now inherits a guy t kicker that he helped make the decision to boot out the door? Don’t think Danny will get a warm reception from suisham this time around….good luck Danny

  13. boyshole25 says: Jan 30, 2013 8:11 PM

    Good riddannyance

  14. gonavybeatarmy says: Jan 30, 2013 8:29 PM

    You know an organization has turned a corner when a strong organization begins going after your assistants.

  15. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 30, 2013 8:30 PM

    if u hire a redskin, u means strive for mediocre-ness in yr organization

  16. steelcurtainn says: Jan 30, 2013 8:44 PM

    Welcome Home!!!!!!Smart Man, if he wants to win a superbowl ring!!!!

  17. joewilliesshnoz says: Jan 30, 2013 8:45 PM

    49ers 30 – Ravens 13

  18. ravanator says: Jan 30, 2013 9:09 PM

    Good hire by the best HC in the league Mike Tomlin. Steelers will dominate the AFC North next season and win the Superbowl, as long as the refs do not screw them like they did all this year!

  19. blutbaddenbill says: Jan 30, 2013 9:10 PM

    I Hope the door does hit hit him in his a$$ on the way out of redskins park! the redskins special teams have sucked under smith,good riddance to him!

  20. procre8te says: Jan 30, 2013 9:18 PM

    As a Die Hard Skins fan… let me sincerely say THANK YOU STEELERS!

    He’s a good dude i’m sure, but seriously our special teams have been an abomination.

    Enjoy those 4-5 blocked fg’s and Pat’s steeler fans.

  21. skinsfan91 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:23 AM

    Redskins kick coverage has been great. As well as punt coverage. Returns haven’t been so great. But, when we dropped Brandon Banks, we got a lot better.

  22. badintent says: Jan 31, 2013 12:48 AM

    and here I expected Dannie to hire the Ryan brothers to make it all good.

  23. stainlessstill says: Jan 31, 2013 1:35 AM

    ravenator, for as many Steelers articles you feel the need to stick your face into, I’m surprised you even remembered the Ravens were playing in the Super Bowl. Typical Ravens fan. If it wasn’t for a measly few plays here or there (hailmary’s, 4th and 29′s), then it’s the Ravens staring 8-8 in the face. The Steelers aren’t going anywhere. We’ve never been as relevant as we now are. Your remarks prove it. Enjoy being the team nobody will remember. GO NINERS!

  24. charge1 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:31 AM

    Ravenator the skins were 10-6 and one of those ten wins was over your beloved Ravens.

  25. steeelfann says: Jan 31, 2013 8:02 AM

    Have you seen the Steelers special teams this year?
    They let go of their special teams coach 2 weeks before start of season and to be honest, if they had just average special teams, they would have made the playoffs, and fairly easily. Not that they would have made any noise, but they would have got in.

    Anybody that comes in that has seen a football in their life at one time or another should be an asset to what this disaster was last year.

  26. S.Nevada says: Jan 31, 2013 9:58 AM

    Double swinging-gate fake punt. That is all.

  27. kerryc21realty says: Jan 31, 2013 1:20 PM

    As a skins fan I’m glad to see him go. Fumbled snaps on extra points, blocked field goals, blocked extra point, rarely a long return on punts or kickoffs. Good luck with all that steelers fans

  28. steeler582012 says: Feb 1, 2013 4:50 AM

    ravenator. enjoy your team in superbowel and leave the steelers alone for awhile

  29. blackngold4life says: Feb 3, 2013 9:12 PM

    Is this another Home Town hire by The Rooneys?

  30. ravenator says: Feb 4, 2013 11:57 AM

    Ravens are the only relevant team. Steelers didnt even make the playoffs, so pathetic. Hey Woodley, guess who won a superbowl playing QB? Ravens own the Steelers. Ravens are averaging a championship every 8 years, Steelers every 13 years. Tell me about those rings now, losers.

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