Report: Steelers Will Hire Danny Smith As Special Teams Coach

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.

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.

  • zyzak

    Well since Amos Jones turned the Steelers down this guy might be as good

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  • nikgreene

    Where did you hear that Amos turned Pittsburgh down? All I heard was that Pittsburgh chose to not renew his contract. He was then signed by Arizona.

  • zyzak

    Tomlin wanted him back according to G Dulac PPGazette

  • LucasY59

    Yeah, its too bad a the guy in charge of the ST unit which was known more for penalty flags and bad field position chose to leave, the Steelers will need to be pretty lucky to find a guy who can replace him.

  • steeltown

    Tomlin wanted Amos back as a ST assistant, like he was before, they were going with a new ST Coach either way… which is why Amos left

  • Rubem Dornas

    There are no statistics about trick plays made and allowed? Our ST has been sooo orthodox…

  • steeltown

    Just read while with the Redskins, Smith’s special teams units consistently ranked in the top15 in the NFL in multiple categories, including least kickoff and punt return average allowed, and the best starting field position on kickoff returns…. THAT is what I want to hear about OUR ST unit…. this is promising… time will tell

  • zyzak

    no he wanted to hire him as SRC