Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith leaving for Pittsburgh

1/31/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

After years of pursuit, the Pittsburgh Steeler’s efforts to lock-in special teams coach Danny Smith have finally paid off. The long-time Washington Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith will fill in the same position with the Pittsburgh Steelers new season, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Danny Smith has been with the Washington Redskins since 2004, but fans have been calling out for his job after his coaching was heavily scrutinized over the past few years. According to a Football Outsiders’ report, the Washington Redskins special teams has ranked 25th, 6th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 27th, 26th, 22nd and 30th in NFL, under Danny Smith’s tutelage.
Fans were particularly upset with the start of the Washington Redskins’ 2011 season as the team allowed two blocked punts during the first two games. The Washington Redskins also had a league high five field goals attempts blocked that season. The consistency of the Washington Redskins’ kicking game was also questioned with Billy Cundiff and Graham Gano kicking the ball.
Issues regarding the Washington Redskins return game also popped up after Brandon Banks struggled at setting the offense up for a decent field position, especially when tracing back to when he fumbled seven times during 2011.
Although the Washington Redskins also started the 2012 season with inconsistent performances form their special teams, things started improving as the season progressed. The addition of second-year kicker Kai Forbath was fundamental in the Washington Redskins efforts in a few instances at turning around the game in the second half. Niles Paul and Richard Crawford also had a few memorable performances while adding efficiency to the return game. Lorenzo Alexander also earned his first Pro Bowl selection this season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers had been searching for a new special teams coach to add to Bruce Arians’ coaching staff ever since Amos Jones was hired by the Arizona Cardinals. The Washington Redskins had reportedly allowed Danny Smith to interview with the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this week. 
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