Steelers to interview Danny Smith for vacant Special Teams coaching job
Can't say I know that much about the guy but judging by his stats listed below, I'm not exactly doing back flips in excitement just yet...
Redskins special teams coordinator Danny Smith is expected to interview with the Pittsburgh Steelers after Washington granted him permission to do so, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Smith, who grew up in Pittsburgh, has been Washington's special teams coach since coach Joe Gibbs returned in 2004. He has since survived two head coaching changes, garnering significant offseason interest from other teams along the way.
In Jan. 2011, he declined an offer to join Denver head coach John Fox's new staff with the Broncos, a source said at the time. Smith has long been favored by high-ranking Redskins executives, as well as his players.
Washington this season had punts blocked in each of their first two games. Players defended Smith by publicly assuming blame for breakdowns that resulted in the blocks.
The Redskins' kickoff coverage unit ranked 18th in the NFL in 2012 with an opponents' average starting field position of the 22.1-yard line. Washington's kickoff return unit ranked 26th with an average starting field position of the 20.6-yard line.
Washington's punt coverage unit ranked eighth in the NFL (8.2 yards per return), and the punt return unit ranked 17th (9.3)
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