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fer522
01-30-2013, 05:10 PM
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on January 30, 2013, 5:35 PM EST

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.



http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/30/steelers-to-hire-redskins-danny-smith-as-special-teams-coach/related/

fer522
01-30-2013, 05:12 PM
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The Steelers are reportedly prepared to announce a new addition to their coaching staff, after their former special teams coordinator became a Cardinal and flew the coop.

As was reported previously on Behind The Steel Curtain, the Pittsburgh Steelers had requested permission for the second time to interview Washington Redskins special teams coach, Danny Smith. This time they were granted permission and the interview took place, and apparently it was a successful one.

Dan Hellie, of Washington D.C. NBC affiliate WRC, is reporting sources claiming Smith is preparing to become the new ST coach in Pitsburgh. Hellie's job requires him to maintain an intimacy with the team he is paid to follow. While his report has yet to be confirmed, there would be little reason to fabricate a definite departure of a positional coach.

Smith has led the Redskins special teams units since 2004. He spent prior years with the Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles.

In Pittsburgh, Smith will have plenty to do if the job is actually made his. While the Steelers were able to create room for returners to create positive field position, poor discipline and foolish penalties repeatedly negated any progress. The team also seeks to improve its kick coverage units, which allowed a few untimely returns in crucial moments.

Sophomore punter Drew Butler will require some fine tuning as he played like an undrafted rookie at times during 2012, failing to trap opponents in their own territory or affect the battle for field position. Mostly reliable Shaun Suisham could become a cap casualty in 2013, forcing the team to develop an unestablished youngster.

To top it off, the team's resident longsnapper Greg Warren is an unrestricted free agent whose accrued seasons may demand a higher salary than the team is willing to commit. Warren has been solid throughout his time in Pittsburgh, although his worst snap of the season played a part in the Steelers demise during the final stretch of the 2012 regular season.

While Smith's presence does not automatically mean increased production or guaranteed fixes, perhaps a fresh perspective may be enough for the Steelers special teams units to break out of some counter-productive bad habits.

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FrancoLambert
01-30-2013, 05:19 PM
Allright all you stat mavens out there...go get em. Good hire?

Quackjack
01-30-2013, 05:20 PM
Allright all you stat mavens out there...go get em. Good hire?

I watch 'Skins games. His choice of kick returner was bad for a while, but other then that he's ok. 8/10

fer522
01-30-2013, 05:31 PM
is this guy better than Amos? that's all i'd like to know

wwhickok
01-30-2013, 05:49 PM
First, Danny is a Pittsburgh guy, thats his hometown, went to school at Edinboro State. In 2011to the Redskins ST Unit ranked #1 in Kick Return yards allowed. 20.8 avg.

However I believe it was in the 2011 season that the redskins had a record 5 blocked FG attempts. Also in the first two games of the season the redskins had two blocked punts.

Overall, Im not thrilled about this hire, Smith is a Pittsburgh native which is likely why he was hired.

kan_t
01-30-2013, 09:17 PM
is this guy better than Amos? that's all i'd like to know
He needs to do a terrible job to match Amos' last year result.

GMU Steeler
01-30-2013, 10:08 PM
Is what it is. Saw a few Skins games. Their ST didn't seem particularly bad or good to me.

Lady Steel
01-30-2013, 11:41 PM
Mostly reliable Shaun Suisham could become a cap casualty in 2013

What? Noooooo, not Sweet Cheeks! :mad:


Congratulations to ST Coach, Danny Smith. Our special teams can't get any worse, can they?

JVip
01-30-2013, 11:43 PM
Good hire in my opinion, last year was an off year for the skins special teams

wwhickok
01-31-2013, 04:15 AM
Good hire in my opinion, last year was an off year for the skins special teams

I hope thats true.

desertsteel
01-31-2013, 12:48 PM
Smith is a Pittsburgh native which is likely why he was hired.

You really think that people get hired in the NFL because of where they were born and raised???

sloppyjoe
01-31-2013, 02:51 PM
okay, for those of you that think this was a good hire, bad hire, hired based on where he was born, who thinks it doesnt matter where he was born, who thinks the skins had 1 off year etc. etc. etc. heres what i could find

2012 -16
2011 -22
2010 -26
2009 -27
2008 -18
2007 -16
2006 -11
2005 -5
2004 -26
this was with the redskins (18th rank average)
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2003 -24
2002- 20
2001 -28
this was with the bills (24th rank average)

harrison'samonster
01-31-2013, 03:12 PM
okay, for those of you that think this was a good hire, bad hire, hired based on where he was born, who thinks it doesnt matter where he was born, who thinks the skins had 1 off year etc. etc. etc. heres what i could find

2012 -16
2011 -22
2010 -26
2009 -27
2008 -18
2007 -16
2006 -11
2005 -5
2004 -26
this was with the redskins (18th rank average)
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2003 -24
2002- 20
2001 -28
this was with the bills (24th rank average)

those numbers aren't building my confidence that he's a great pick.

SteelersCanada
01-31-2013, 03:22 PM
I hope now that he has guys like Brown and Sanders to work with, with the possibility of DVD, he knows how to effectively use these guys and get our offense going in terms of better field position. Asking Roethlisberger or really, any Quarterback to go 80+ yards every drive and score is unrealistic and unfair. Let's hope Brown or DeMarcus are returning kickoffs / punts and can use their speed and elusiveness effectively to flip field position.

wwhickok
01-31-2013, 05:25 PM
Those rankings tell me he is just as bad as Jones.

Blackout
01-31-2013, 05:45 PM
I'll give him a year to see how he pans out.

fer522
01-31-2013, 05:57 PM
I'll give him a year to see how he pans out.

Have no choice but to give him a year I guess :banging:

chip80
01-31-2013, 09:50 PM
Not a new fan, been one since I was a young kid. Started with the Steelers in '66, before they had any prospects of being good.

That said, I live in the DC area and follow the Redskins closely too. They are my number 2 team.

Smith is a bad hire. He's not a good coach but somehow the players and other coaches seem to always love the guy. He's a bubble gum chewing mediocre coach who will have an above average year just in time to save his job.

They couldn't get off a field goal down here with any confidence until this year. Punt returns were just as bad. He can't seem to get the returners to run UP the field. They go to the sidelines and fall down.

Overall, a bad hire.

wwhickok
02-01-2013, 04:30 AM
Yes, I really do believe Smith being a Pittsburgh native had something to do with him being hired because I really think that if it didnt, they would have hired a better coach. I actually dobthink our ST could get worse with this guy.

BUT until RG3 arrived the skins sucked, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he had mediocre talent to work with.

BKAnthem
02-01-2013, 06:36 AM
He's probably the only guy they were granted permission to interview

maddog78
02-01-2013, 07:29 AM
okay, for those of you that think this was a good hire, bad hire, hired based on where he was born, who thinks it doesnt matter where he was born, who thinks the skins had 1 off year etc. etc. etc. heres what i could find

2012 -16
2011 -22
2010 -26
2009 -27
2008 -18
2007 -16
2006 -11
2005 -5
2004 -26
this was with the redskins (18th rank average)
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2003 -24
2002- 20
2001 -28
this was with the bills (24th rank average)

What are those rankings of? This was in the PG.

Smith has been with the Redskins since 2004 and once served as an assistant coach at William & Mary, Tomlin's alma mater. His coverage units have ranked at or near the top of the NFL the past three seasons.

The Redskins led the league in kick return average allowed in 2010 and 2011 and ranked seventh in 2012. They ranked third in punt return average in 2012.


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/redskins-special-teams-coordinator-danny-smith-may-take-position-with-steelers-672662/#ixzz2Jeb1JwuC

GoFor7
02-01-2013, 06:08 PM
So how long until Tomlin fires him?

fer522
02-01-2013, 07:49 PM
So how long until Tomlin fires him?

IDK If they become good friends he'll prolly be here for as long as Tomlin is around :noidea:

JPPT1974
02-01-2013, 11:08 PM
Well hope that it was well worth the hiring. As he is one of the best ST coaches in the league!

sloppyjoe
02-04-2013, 03:05 PM
What are those rankings of? This was in the PG.

Smith has been with the Redskins since 2004 and once served as an assistant coach at William & Mary, Tomlin's alma mater. His coverage units have ranked at or near the top of the NFL the past three seasons.

The Redskins led the league in kick return average allowed in 2010 and 2011 and ranked seventh in 2012. They ranked third in punt return average in 2012.


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/redskins-special-teams-coordinator-danny-smith-may-take-position-with-steelers-672662/#ixzz2Jeb1JwuC


this was an accumalation of special teams, punt returns, punt returns allowed, kick return, kick return allowed had some field goal stuff included also. im sure it could ber tilted one way or the other to fit someones agenda. i just took the average for that year and listed them. looks like a less than average special teams group he puts on the field over the coarse of his career with his much better years along ways away from 2013

sloppyjoe
02-04-2013, 03:07 PM
So how long until Tomlin fires him?

he wont, rooney will have to.

wwhickok
02-04-2013, 03:49 PM
he wont, rooney will have to.

And itll happen NEXT offseason if this guy is as bad as i have a horrible feeling he is

harrison'samonster
02-22-2013, 05:40 PM
Reading about Danny Smith's experience at the combines. This is what he said it's like interviewing players who might end up on special teams:

“‘I’ll do anything. I’ll do anything. I’ll do anything.’ That’s what they tell you at the Combine,” said Smith, “but when they get here and it’s a Wednesday morning during the season and they’ve had a couple of days off and been out at night. Now, will you do anything? Let’s find out.”

Hope they pick some winners, because Special Teams needs to be fixed.