Redskins hire Keith Burns as special teams coordinator
Keith Burns started out his coaching career under Mike Shanahan, serving as assistant special teams coach on his coaching staff in Denver, soon after retiring with the Broncos in 2007. The 40-year-old Keith Burns remained at the assistant coaching position with the Denver Broncos for the past six seasons. However, only two of those seasons were under Mike Shanahan, who was fired at the end of the 2008 season after the Denver Broncos failed to make the playoffs. Keith Burns survived two head coaching changes at Denver, before giving up his assistant coaching job for a promotion with the Washington Redskins.
Keith Burns will be filling in for former special teams coordinator Danny Smith, who left the Washington Redskins at the end of an eight year stint to join the Pittsburgh Steelers for the same position in 2013.
A former NFL linebacker, Keith Burns was drafted in the seventh round out of Oklahoma State by the Denver Broncos in 1994. Of his 13-year career in NFL, Keith Burns played 11 seasons alone with the Denver Broncos, in between three separate stints (1994-98, 2000-03 and 2005-06), and eventually ending his playing career with the team as well. However Keith Burns primarily played on the special teams under Mike Shanahan, and was part of the Denver Broncos’1997 and 1998 Super Bowl winning teams.
Keith Burns also played for the Chicago Bears (1999) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004). Keith Burns posted 231 special teams tackles in his NFL playing career.
The Washington Redskins existing assistant special teams coach Richard Hightower was also viewed for the special teams coordinator job, but Mike Shanahan went with Keith Burns.