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Posted at 8:55 AM ET, 01/17/2011

Danny Smith plans to return to Redskins to coach special teams

By Jason Reid

Special teams coordinator Danny Smith plans to return to the Redskins next season, two people familiar with the situation said Monday.

Smith was believed to be a candidate to join the staff of new Denver Coach John Fox, who formerly held the same position with the Carolina Panthers. Fox offered Smith a position before the 2010 season to join him with the Panthers, but Smith stayed with Washington for Coach Mike Shanahan's first season.

The Redskins declined to comment on whether Denver requested permission to speak with Smith. The team sources, however, said Fox made Smith an offer to run the Broncos' special teams next season.

Smith is among some Redskins coaches whose contracts expire after the Super Bowl. Shanahan, Washington's top football executive, recently said he plans to bring back the entire staff and add a tight ends coach. He indicated other staffing changes would only occur if assistants left for positions with other teams.

Smith just completed his 16th season in the NFL and seventh with the Redskins. He is considered among the league's best special teams coordinators.

"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 Jason Reid  | January 17, 2011; 8:55 AM ET
 
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Posted by: WRBD | January 17, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Is it my imagination or when you watch the NFL playoffs the Redskins look like a mediocre college team. The Redskins don't have players, don't adjust to what other eams do them offensively and defensively an have enirely too much drama season long. Professionally run organizations don't leak out information to the media undermining players. Shanahan may have been a good coach but his time has past him he is way too stubborn to make adjustments on game day . Honestly why would any free agent want to come to the Redskins? The Redskins are not about winning and now they are not about overpaying?

Posted by: BeatDontStop | January 17, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Championship.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 17, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Once upon a time, Vinny Cerrato and Daniel Snyder wanted to make a move to add either Mark Sanchez or Jay Cutler.

Redskin fans howled.

Yet, two years later, both quarterbacks--playing behind fairly so-so offensive lines, btw--are playing in their conference's respective championship games.

So who was right and wrong about adding gunslingin' young charismatic quarterbacks (Sanchez/Cutler)--the fans or Snyderatto?

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 17, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Is it my imagination or when you watch the NFL playoffs the Redskins look like a mediocre college team.

Posted by: BeatDontStop | January 17, 2011 9:36 AM


It's just your imagination. I see two teams that the Redskins beat head-to-head in the NFC Championship game. Not too bad for a mediocre college team. The Skins had some glaring personnel holes this season. After they are addressed, they will not be too far away from being a good team.

Posted by: MColeman51 | January 17, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

So who was right and wrong about adding gunslingin' young charismatic quarterbacks (Sanchez/Cutler)--the fans or Snyderatto?

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 17, 2011 9:44 AM | Rep

Both were right. Those two QB's can make plays and help their team win. However, in order for the Redskins to have gotten either one of them, the price to get them would have made a weak team even weaker and the ability of either QB to win would have been diminished considerably.

Posted by: will_ga | January 17, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The fans.

Adding Cutler would have been fine. we'd have lost orakpo and Trent Williams, but cutler plus shanahan would have been great, IMO.

Adding Sanchez would have been disastrous. The jets have far from a so-so line. Not that Sanchez is bad, but he wouldn't nearly have the same support here that he has in NYC.

The real mistake was getting rid of JC17 for McNabb. As so many of his defenders on here said so many times, put even an average supporting cast around Campbell, and he'll do very good things. Now Campbell leads the 4th highest scoring offense in the league. And this with Oaklands trash line and extremely raw WR corp.

Posted by: psps23 | January 17, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I still do not understand the culture of low expectations among our fans. I hear many saying "build the offensive line" then get some late round yahoo to stick back there and we can be a championship team.

Are you saying pass on Luck if you had a chance to get him and draft the QB out of Middle Utah State because our O-line is being rebuilt???

I say build the offensive line through the draft and free agency and AT THE SAME TIME draft a QB that you believe could be a franchise QB.

....and yes, Mark Rypien is an example of an average QB behind a world class O-line, but Aaron Rodgers is an example of an elite QB behind an average Offensive line.

It goes both ways


Posted by: rickyroge | January 17, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I still do not understand the culture of low expectations among our fans. I hear many saying "build the offensive line" then get some late round yahoo to stick back there and we can be a championship team.

Are you saying pass on Luck if you had a chance to get him and draft the QB out of Middle Utah State because our O-line is being rebuilt???

I say build the offensive line through the draft and free agency and AT THE SAME TIME draft a QB that you believe could be a franchise QB.

....and yes, Mark Rypien is an example of an average QB behind a world class O-line, but Aaron Rodgers is an example of an elite QB behind an average Offensive line.

It goes both ways


Posted by: rickyroge | January 17, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

This site list the top 50 FAs and some honorable mentions. The list is subjective of course, but nice place to start. Also list the age of the FAs. Some nice players available on both sides of the ball.

Interesting that CR22 is not listed, which will make it hard to get that big money he wants. Rocky Mac is an honorable mention.

Anyway-

http://www.nfltraderumors.co/2011-nfl-free-agents/

Posted by: kerzon417 | January 17, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

psp23...

I respect you as RI regular, but it was time for Campbell to go. He's average. He was benched frequently. Campbell was too slow and needs all conditions favorable to succeed. You think he'd have led us to more than 6 wins?

Posted by: rickyroge | January 17, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

psps23

Adding Sanchez would have been disastrous.

True.

(And you're right to say Sanchez plays behind a good o-line: but Big Ben, AR, and Cutler don't.)

(Brady plays behind a good line, and got hit in the face yesterday like a trailer park wife.)

You look at the playoffs and come to the same conclusion--that no matter what redskin fans say about gettin' 'burned' in the past, the team must find an able passer.

Pick #10 should be a quarterback.

Deal with it.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 17, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse


The Skins had some glaring personnel holes this season. After they are addressed, they will not be too far away from being a good team.

Posted by: MColeman51 | January 17, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

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with all due respect,

same old story, same old song and dance

Posted by: hessone | January 17, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

The fans.

Adding Cutler would have been fine. we'd have lost orakpo and Trent Williams, but cutler plus shanahan would have been great, IMO.

Adding Sanchez would have been disastrous. The jets have far from a so-so line. Not that Sanchez is bad, but he wouldn't nearly have the same support here that he has in NYC.

The real mistake was getting rid of JC17 for McNabb. As so many of his defenders on here said so many times, put even an average supporting cast around Campbell, and he'll do very good things. Now Campbell leads the 4th highest scoring offense in the league. And this with Oaklands trash line and extremely raw WR corp.

Posted by: psps23 | January 17, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

cosign, psps. I was one who said JC good enough to pilot the O, but not good enough to carry the O. We need athletes, and so we shouldn't have given up #1's and #2's. I agree with trading them for more picks, but I also know that's not always possible. And while I felt that DMac was a step up from JC, when we are in a building mode, what DMac brought was a short-term improvement, and we need long-term improvements. Youth, speed, power. Stop trying to make the quick fixes. Stop trading away our future picks.

I'm all for signing FA's, and we should be able to fill some holes this offseason. But no more trades for future picks.

Posted by: frediefritz | January 17, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Though if you do want a template for how the "Snyder" model of building a team can be successful in the NFL, look no further than the jets and bears. Both teams are heavily influenced by big trades and big splashes in the FA market. Edwards, Holmes, Tomlinson, woody, Scott, cromartie, pace, and sanchez were all bought by the jets. Cutler, peppers, Taylor, idonije, and number of no name o-linemen were not drafted by the bears. Both these teams relied on savvy FA and trades to be successful, as well as great coaching.

Heck look at last years SB champs. NO acquired their three most important players via trade or FA: brees, vilma, and sharper. And they won a SB because of it.

Posted by: psps23 | January 17, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

rickroge

Campbell was too slow and needs all conditions favorable to succeed.

Obviously, you've not seen any of Campbell's play after he was benched in Oakland.

Hue Jackson has fashioned the raiders' offense to Campbell's tool set: no one did that in D.C..

He looked like a totally different quarterback than the guy who took 43 sacks behind Jim Zorn's offensive line.

If Campbell had spent 6 seasons in D.C. with all conditions perfect and bombed, you have an argument when you say he should've been moved.

But he didn't and so, he should still be a redskin.

As would the two picks spent to add DM5.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 17, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Agree psps, more than one way to build a team. The one sure way not to is the Snyderrato way, but those mistakes cannot keep the Skins from signing the right FAs and drafting the right players.

Without Snyderrato, I have confidence that Morroco Brown will find the right FAs and that this FO will sign them to reasonable contracts.

Posted by: kerzon417 | January 17, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Though if you do want a template for how the "Snyder" model of building a team can be successful in the NFL, look no further than the jets and bears. Both teams are heavily influenced by big trades and big splashes in the FA market. Edwards, Holmes, Tomlinson, woody, Scott, cromartie, pace, and sanchez were all bought by the jets. Cutler, peppers, Taylor, idonije, and number of no name o-linemen were not drafted by the bears. Both these teams relied on savvy FA and trades to be successful, as well as great coaching.

Heck look at last years SB champs. NO acquired their three most important players via trade or FA: brees, vilma, and sharper. And they won a SB because of it.

Posted by: psps23 | January 17, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Very good point...

the problem here was that we had people picking the free agents that overpaid for mediocre talent.

I think Shanahan/Allen will take a similar approach but I've gotta think they're better at picking talent than Vinny "Bug Eyes".

Posted by: rickyroge | January 17, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Ricky, I dont know if JC17 wins more than 6 games with this team (it's very possible given that he won 8 with Oakland, even though nobody in their right mind would have said they have a better supporting cast than Washington before the season started).

But I do know we wouldn't have burned 2 high-ish draft picks for a 6-10 season and no answer at QB.

Even though I know you dislike Campbell, there's no way you can say with a straight face that this team was better off because we swapped Campbell for mcnabb.

As for the 10th pick, absolutely a QB needs to be priority number 1 (ability to find the "right" guy notwithstanding). We rebuilt the line last season, we rebuilt the schemes last season, we unearthed some quality actual productive talent at WR as opposed to the potential talent we'd been relying on for 2 years, now is the time to groom a QB and let him grow in this offense with this group of players.

Posted by: psps23 | January 17, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Aren't we supposed to be on The Bog?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 17, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The Skins had some glaring personnel holes this season.

So what are the 'glaring holes'?

--settled quarterback situation

--center

--right guard/tackle

--nose tackle

--right defensive end

--inside linebacker

--free safety

--dynamic wide receiver

--cornerback depth


That's a lotta holes...and as for me, I can't stand the glare.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 17, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

If Campbell had spent 6 seasons in D.C. with all conditions perfect and bombed, you have an argument when you say he should've been moved.

But he didn't and so, he should still be a redskin.

As would the two picks spent to add DM5.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 17, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Point well taken, but unless you are a complete scrub anybody in a system for 6 years should be able to take a team to the playoffs.


There's been too much change around here. In my opinion, unless we get consecutive years of losing records, I say stick with Shanahan for the duration of his contract.

Posted by: rickyroge | January 17, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Like some of the people who just commented I too don't fear free agency so long as we don't do it as we did in the past.

So:
- No more vast contracts for players past their prime,
- no more overpaying and allegedly outbidding ourselves for players that nobody else is trying that hard to get (Adam Archuleta etc),
- no more big contracts for players who had reputations for not working or playing hard either at all or until their contract years (Haynesworth),
- no more players that don't actually fit the system we run,
- I remember reading several comments by league insiders several years ago that though they thought we had a perfectly adequate scouting group it was suspected Snyder and Cerrato were not listening to them. So no more of that either.

Posted by: craig81 | January 17, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Moe, offensively, I say we get a QB then stick with what we have. Maybe build the depth with smart FA pickups.

After a QB in round one, turn everything else to defense. We need a starting NT, DE, OLB, FS. After that, we need depth at DE, FS, NT, CB, and ILB. That's a lot to fill in one offseason. The defense needs an overhaul big time.

Posted by: psps23 | January 17, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm all for signing FA's, and we should be able to fill some holes this offseason. But no more trades for future picks.

Posted by: frediefritz | January 17, 2011 10:11 AM |
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a decade of FA's and what do you have ? last years trades and what do you have ?

I watched mankins yesterday. only a fool would spend big money on a guy that performs like he did yesterday.

some folks see stars in FA's. I see more of the same if you go after big money guys

I'd say the packers are playing the best playoff football right now, with their only FA. that's right, their one and only FA, cwoodson.

trading for dmcnabb and jbrown was even worse, giving away draft picks instead of just cash.

one more time. snyder owns the team. he does the hiring and firing. he's put together another FO that might balance the cap money and write better contracts in the teams best interest, but the redskins new FO haven't a clue when it comes to personel

of course, like the other coaches and FO before them, we must be patient, as surely this team will be playoff bound in the next 2-3 years

Posted by: hessone | January 17, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The conversations up here are boring me.

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 17, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

scottcampbell

Aren't we supposed to be on The Bog?

I've been in Cindy Boren's Early Lead blog.

It's a dead place, trust me.

I read the Sports Bog, but don't post there.

The threads are usually all I need.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 17, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse


Heck look at last years SB champs. NO acquired their three most important players via trade or FA: brees, vilma, and sharper. And they won a SB because of it.

Posted by: psps23 | January 17, 2011 10:14 AM |
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sure they won the SB, and made the playoffs this year. they were beat by a team that didn't even belong in the playoff.

I'd rather see the redskins build for long term success, instead of WIN NOW, and then another 2 decades of losing

SAVE THE WHALES!!!

Posted by: hessone | January 17, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: psps23

The defense needs an overhaul big time.

A F'ingman.

The right side of the redskin defense (McIntosh, Golston, AH, Carter at OLB) failed massively.

And our corners need to play 'press' coverage just like Cromartie/Revis did yesterday.

Rogers/Hall aren't in those guys class, but pressing receivers in the 5 yard zone where you can totally disrupts the rhythm of any passing offense.

Just ask Tom Brady/Peyton Manning if it causes problems.


Posted by: MistaMoe | January 17, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

With Bruce Allen managing the cap the team will be in much better shape.

Instead of Snyder shooting his goo at every FA available, Allen is there to say "WHOOOAAA there partner".

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 17, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm torn. For years we've heard what a great coach he is but so often the results on the field (except for BB recently) leave me wanting more. Maybe he is a good coach with poor talent compared to our competition...

Posted by: M00SE | January 17, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

psp23...

I respect you as RI regular, but it was time for Campbell to go. He's average. He was benched frequently. Campbell was too slow and needs all conditions favorable to succeed. You think he'd have led us to more than 6 wins?

Posted by: rickyroge | January 17, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

No, ricky, our season would have been quite similar. But we would have an additional athlete, our #2 pick, so we would have hopefully(no guarantees there) been one step closer to having a winning roster. I'm not saying JC would have been our long-term solution.

Posted by: frediefritz | January 17, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

So who was right and wrong about adding gunslingin' young charismatic quarterbacks (Sanchez/Cutler)--the fans or Snyderatto?

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 17, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse


The fans.

Doesn't matter who we bring in here, we manage to make them mediocre. Shoot, look at what we did to Donovan McNabb?

The fans howled b/c we knew that all that wheeling-n-dealing was pointless with the buffoons running the show. If you want to make a big splash, then do it at the top.

Now that we did that there are glimmers of hope (McNabbacle notwithstanding).

Posted by: p1funk | January 17, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Sexy Rexy!

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 17, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

You look at the playoffs and come to the same conclusion--that no matter what redskin fans say about gettin' 'burned' in the past, the team must find an able passer.

Pick #10 should be a quarterback.

Deal with it.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 17, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

MOe, I think that depends on who is selected 1-9. We may take qb if our guy is still there. And I don't have any clue who "our guy" is. But we should only take a qb if we are sold on one or two beforehand. IF other teams are picking qb's(Casserly thinks 8 out of ten top picking teams mignt take qb), then some really strong prospect will fall to us at #10. So we just have to wait and see who remains on the board at #10.

Posted by: frediefritz | January 17, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse


Now that we did that there are glimmers of hope (McNabbacle notwithstanding).

Posted by: p1funk | January 17, 2011 10:52 AM |
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suspending AH ?

Posted by: hessone | January 17, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The fans.

Doesn't matter who we bring in here, we manage to make them mediocre. Shoot, look at what we did to Donovan McNabb?

The fans howled b/c we knew that all that wheeling-n-dealing was pointless with the buffoons running the show. If you want to make a big splash, then do it at the top.

Now that we did that there are glimmers of hope (McNabbacle notwithstanding).

Posted by: p1funk | January 17, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

We did make a big splash at the top- Bruce Allen.

There is a bigger chance that Kim Jung-Il leaves North Korea than Snyder leaving the Redskins.

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 17, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

The new redskins FO hasn't a clue?

Sure they've made mistakes so far, but I'll take Ryan torain, Brandon banks, Anthony Armstrong, kory Lichtensteiger, Logan paulsen, and keiland Williams for free every day of the week.

They drafted a future stud at LT when the previous FO neglected the line for a decade.

They tailored a defense around a former potential "bust" and made him an immediate potential DPOY candidate.

They recognized that our golden prize at WR was nothing more than a model in a football uniform and got rid of him for actual players.

They actually used the practice squad as a breeding ground for development, utilizing it to its full extent, eventually promoting seven players to the full roster, almost all of whom produced for this team by seasons end.

You look at one or two mistakes and are blinded by your Snyder rage. You can't see the forest for the trees. This team is being built from the ground up the proper way.

Of course, you're still the guy that claims Fred Davis is a bus and that we should cut him.

Posted by: psps23 | January 17, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: psps23 | January 17, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

You don't just take a mediocre QB prospect in round 1 just because you need a QB. That's how we ended up with Campbell. There aren't any QBs in round 1 that are worth the #10 pick. Why on earth would you reach for a QB in round 1 when you could get a similar prospect in round 2? You're talking about passing over a potential game changer for a mediocre QB prospect. I mean that's just Vinnyesque at best. Who would you guys even take in round 1?

Cam Newton?

I can't even think of anyone else.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | January 17, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse


psp23...

I respect you as RI regular, but it was time for Campbell to go. He's average. He was benched frequently. Campbell was too slow and needs all conditions favorable to succeed. You think he'd have led us to more than 6 wins?

Posted by: rickyroge | January 17, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

No, ricky, our season would have been quite similar. But we would have an additional athlete, our #2 pick, so we would have hopefully(no guarantees there) been one step closer to having a winning roster. I'm not saying JC would have been our long-term solution.

Posted by: frediefritz | January 17, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

We didn't lose our second-rounder when we traded Campbell.

We lost our second-rounder when we acquired McNabb.

It was time for JC to go.

Why do people always cast this decision as 1 of 2 ways?

Either we keep JC and all the draft picks or we trade JC and lost the draft picks?

There was another way to go - get rid of JC AND keep the draft picks by passing on McNabb.

...which is the way I would have gone.

Posted by: p1funk | January 17, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The new redskins FO hasn't a clue?

Sure they've made mistakes so far, but I'll take Ryan torain, Brandon banks, Anthony Armstrong, kory Lichtensteiger, Logan paulsen, and keiland Williams for free every day of the week.

They drafted a future stud at LT when the previous FO neglected the line for a decade.

They tailored a defense around a former potential "bust" and made him an immediate potential DPOY candidate.

They recognized that our golden prize at WR was nothing more than a model in a football uniform and got rid of him for actual players.

They actually used the practice squad as a breeding ground for development, utilizing it to its full extent, eventually promoting seven players to the full roster, almost all of whom produced for this team by seasons end.

You look at one or two mistakes and are blinded by your Snyder rage. You can't see the forest for the trees. This team is being built from the ground up the proper way.

Of course, you're still the guy that claims Fred Davis is a bus and that we should cut him.

Posted by: psps23 | January 17, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Co-sign on everything you just said.

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 17, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

The new redskins FO hasn't a clue?

Sure they've made mistakes so far, but I'll take Ryan torain, Brandon banks, Anthony Armstrong, kory Lichtensteiger, Logan paulsen, and keiland Williams for free every day of the week.

They drafted a future stud at LT when the previous FO neglected the line for a decade.

They tailored a defense around a former potential "bust" and made him an immediate potential DPOY candidate.

They recognized that our golden prize at WR was nothing more than a model in a football uniform and got rid of him for actual players.

They actually used the practice squad as a breeding ground for development, utilizing it to its full extent, eventually promoting seven players to the full roster, almost all of whom produced for this team by seasons end.

You look at one or two mistakes and are blinded by your Snyder rage. You can't see the forest for the trees. This team is being built from the ground up the proper way.

Of course, you're still the guy that claims Fred Davis is a bus and that we should cut him.

Posted by: psps23 | January 17, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Co-sign on everything you just said.

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 17, 2011 11:03 AM |

Triple stamp it.

Posted by: Flounder21 | January 17, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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