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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Report: Redskins deny Browns' request to interview Danny Smith

By Cindy Boren

The Cleveland Browns' request to interview special teams coach Danny Smith was denied by the Redskins, according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network.

Smith's contract is expiring, but sources have told the Post's Jason Reid that Smith will be back with the team.

"He's one of the best coaches we have period," starting outside linebacker and special teams standout Lorenzo Alexander said recently. "You can't let a guy like that get away."

By Cindy Boren  | January 24, 2011; 12:55 PM ET
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Posted by: heatseeker690069 | January 24, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"You can't let a guy like that get away."

That's what they said about D.B. Cooper.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 24, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, if Smith is really a great teacher and coach for the ST, then how come the results have been so poor?

This team can't seem to find a kicker or punter, they go with a 23 year old long snapper who is inconsistent through the season and the return teams have 2 touchdowns called back because of poor blocking technique that results in penalties.

Doesn't sound so rosy to me.

I remember when the Cowboys were awful at the beginning of the decade, they still had top special teams with Joe Avezano.

Each year they fielded top coverage units and replaced kickers/punters with regularity, seeming to find guys who could play there as late round picks or undrafted free agents.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | January 24, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Coaching special teams is about a lot more than kicking field goals. In fact, the special teams coach isn't going to teach somebody how to kick, punt or snap. Danny Smith's value is his effective coverage units. The Redskins were one of the top teams in the league (and have been) at kick and punt return coverage- with high marks in opponents return yards, returns for touchdown, etc.

Also, yes Gano could've kicked a few more field goals, but he excels at kickoffs.

Possibly one of the most important things within your control is establishing good field position and limiting the opponents opportunities at good field position. Danny gets it done.

Posted by: MyOpinionIs | January 24, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

He certainly couldn't teach Randle El that when you return a punt, you're supposed to run towards the goal line, not the sideline.

Posted by: anw821 | January 24, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I'd bet he couldn't teach a couple of you what a special teams coaches job is either,Myopinionis has is spot on 100% the most important aspect and value of being a special teams coach is controlling your opponents field position,they do not teach kicking technique,nor they teach players how to return kicks,this is done by position coaches,to say Danny is responsible for a kicker or returners technique is like saying tiger's coach at Stanford was responsible for his swing,his job (Tiger's coach) was setting up his TEAM to win,match ups,players position in the line up,match ups,not swing technique. There are position coaches and unit coaches know the difference before you talk poorly of a man who has performed his duties more than admirably. Other teams don't come calling for poor coaches they come for risers,and Mr. smith is definitely a riser that this team has helped develop and needs to utilize and maximize their investment. Good job Coach Smith let's hope you are a Redskin for a very long time.

Posted by: mfowler1 | January 24, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

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