Report: Redskins Interested In Interviewing Steelers Special Teams Coach Danny Smith

According to Tarik El-Bashir of on Twitter, the Washington Redskins are interested in interviewing Pittsburgh Steelers special teams coach Danny Smith to be their next head coach.

Smith of course was the Redskins special teams coordinator for nine seasons before coming to Pittsburgh last season and according to El-Bashir, he is a longtime favorite of several players and owner Daniel Snyder.

El-Bashir does state, however, that an interview with Smith has not been scheduled as of yet, according to his sources.

This is not the first we’ve heard Smith’s name tossed around in regard to the Redskins head coaching job as former tight end Chris Cooley got the ball rolling several weeks ago on a local radio show. Cooley reportedly went on to say that he didn’t think that Smith would get the job if interviewed.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about Smith possibly being a candidate for the Redskins job during his end-of-the-season press conference and would only say that he hadn’t been approached yet by Smith about it.

  • steeltown

    Ha! …the NFL is so funny sometimes

  • srdan

    I put 0 merit into who Daniel snyder likes or dislikes. He reminds me of the kids on MTV for that show “My sweet 16”. Is that still airing?

  • srdan

    I don’t understand why they are not interviewing Russ Grimm. He was a good player for them and is a HOF. Why not give him a shot. They have tried everything, college, old coaches, SB coaches, unknowns(jim Zorn). Everything.
    There must be something about him that is making a lot of teams shy away.

  • RW

    Wait… doesn’t RGIII run the team? Why are we even talking about this?

  • HopalongCassidy

    Perhaps it’s not that he is an unknown commodity like some others who have gotten shots before but rather a too well known commodity that hurts his chances. They may have him pegged as not being head coach material around the NFL for whatever reason.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    When I see the words “Steelers Special Teams,” all I can think is that their kick coverage in 2013 was BAD.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I am confused. My impression was that teams didn’t need to ask permission in order to get a promotion.

  • DoctorNoah

    Dan Snyder has zero football judgment. He’s a child who grabs at shiny things. He’s mortgaged the team’s future on RG3 and then failed to protect him. He’s alienated and fired multiple head coaches and brought in over 20 former Pro Boelers as free agents who subsequently never had another Pro Bowl season. If he wants Danny Smith as HC then I worry for Smith as it doesn’t bode well.

  • srdan

    Wasn’t the best but there was improvement.

  • joed32

    I think you hit the nail on the head.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    It would bode well for his bank account.

  • James Kling

    What would be worse, working for Danny Snyder or working for the Browns?

  • RW

    You’ve described coaching hell.

  • James Kling

    I’d rather coach an FCS team.

  • SumnerYoung

    Can Brad Wing punt and coach special teams? I mean, a punter should be able to do more than just freakin’ punt. Oh wait! They hold the ball on field goals too! Gosh, I forgot how valuable punters really are. Its been awhile since I’ve seen a good one in the black and yellow. But wait again, why can’t Big Ben be our punter and our QB? That way his Big Salary covers two positions. You’re telling me he can’t punt as well as Zoltan or Crocodile Shankee? Nowadays a punter is apparently protected after he punts so no need to worry about the Kevin Huber treatment for Big Ben. Maybe Ben can punt, and coach special teams, and play QB. There you go, Omar Khan. I just saved y’all some money. Now take that money and resign Worilds.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Danny Smith should interview for the position, no one should turn down an interview in the NFL unless it is for a lateral or downward move. That said, he would be a fool to accept the position if offered to him.

    Go interview, add it to your resume, and wait for an opportunity with a decent team/owner.

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  • Douglas Andrews

    Players coach and a favorite of Dan Snyder = recipe for disaster.