Dan Hellie of NBC4 Sports in Washington, D.C. is reporting Wednesday afternoon on Twitter that a source has told him Washington Redskins special teams coordinator Danny Smith will become the Steelers new special teams coordinator.
Source: Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith leaving for Steelers. They’ve been after him for a while. Pittsburgh is home.
— Dan Hellie (@DanHellie) January 30, 2013
The Steelers requested permission to talk to Smith earlier this week and were granted it, according to several reports. Smith was reportedly denied permission to interview with the Steelers two years ago.
Right now Hellie is the only one reporting this news and it has yet to be confirmed by the local Pittsburgh media or the Steelers so right now all we can do is pass on the report.
Smith has been with the Redskins for the last nine seasons and in 2012 his units ranked 17th in punt return average (9.3 yards) and 16th in kickoff return average (23.5 yards). On the other side of the ball the Redskins ranked 8th in punt return average allowed (8.2 yards) and 12th in kickoff return average allowed (23.0 yards).
Smith entered the coaching ranks at his high school alma mater Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh where he helped tutor future Miami Dolphins quarterback and Hall of Famer Dan Marino.