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Redskins set to hire Keith Burns as special teams coach

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One of Mike Shanahan’s old players is one of Mike Shanahan’s new assistant coaches.

Mike Jones and Mark Maske of the Washington Post are reporting that the Redskins have reached an agreement with Keith Burns to become their new special teams coach. The job was vacated earlier in the offseason when Danny Smith left Washington for the same position with the Steelers.

Burns has been on Denver’s staff since 2007, so it isn’t the first time that he’s worked under Shanahan. He also played for Shanahan almost exclusively during his playing days. Burns joined the Broncos as a seventh-round pick in 1994 and Shanahan was hired in 1995, which means Burns wound up playing 155 of his 197 games on teams coached by Shanahan before retiring to join the Broncos staff.

Burns was the assistant special teams coach in Denver. This will be his first stint as a head position coach.

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11 Responses to “Redskins set to hire Keith Burns as special teams coach”
  1. macdaddyspeed says: Feb 11, 2013 6:17 PM

    arghhh…I’m so confused. One minute this site is telling us the name “Redskins” is racist and derogatory and the next minute they use the term in a headline.

  2. numberoneinthehoodg says: Feb 11, 2013 6:19 PM

    It takes two people to write an article in Washington now? Burns says: “excellent”.

  3. matt4477 says: Feb 11, 2013 6:20 PM

    Great news ! Re you gonna tell us how this offends everyone now ?

  4. noring4youstill says: Feb 11, 2013 6:32 PM

    Wait till he finds out they’re named the Redskins. Then there is no way he takes this job.

  5. malachiofcourse says: Feb 11, 2013 6:36 PM

    good for him. go burnsy.

  6. deddmunnie says: Feb 11, 2013 6:55 PM

    Way to write a story about the Redskins without checking with the 4 people that their name offends first. Way to Go!

  7. commonsensedude says: Feb 11, 2013 6:59 PM

    I personally liked Danny Smith but I hope that with a Special Teams coaching change we we will finally be done with the blocked punts, blocked field goals and the punt returners who are afraid to actually run forward. Best wishes to Danny Smith but we probably needed some new blood.

  8. matt4477 says: Feb 11, 2013 7:00 PM

    Thanks for not letting my comment through. Are you and Mike Wise besties?

  9. bshuclassof2012 says: Feb 11, 2013 7:20 PM

    I remember when Keith Burns got leveled by Ray Lewis on Chris Mcallister’s 106 yd missed fg return for a TD. I’ve called him “Turf” Burns ever since.

  10. duncanthecat says: Feb 11, 2013 9:04 PM

    He looks like he can still play.

  11. skins1970 says: Feb 12, 2013 2:03 AM

    Welcome to DC Keith Burns.

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