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Old 01-31-2013, 09:56 AM   #16
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Good luck Danny.

We could do worse than DS but we also could do better. Let's hope we do better with his replacement.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:08 AM   #17
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At the same time, Smith has aggressively pushed for some of that personnel-Gano and Banks specifically.
this this this...His coverage teams were great, but "his guys" in the return and kicking games hurt his credibility imo. He's a decent coach, but its time to move on...I think I mentioned a couple times over the season if "his guys" would come back to hurt him
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:50 AM   #18
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Good luck Danny.

We could do worse than DS but we also could do better. Let's hope we do better with his replacement.
If we could do better than Smith, the Steelers would have pursued that guy instead of Smith. Our special teams play (especially coverage units) have been excellent for years. I would be surprised if we did not notice significant decline next year.

Obviously, Smith's love for Banks and Gano call into question is talent evaluation accumen. But you can't really question that he's a great ST coach .
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Smith had been there under Gibbs, Zorn, and Shanahan. He was a great ST coach for us. I wonder now who the Redskins will replace him with.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:26 PM   #20
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I think a majority of ST play is attributable to the talent that the units are allowed to use. The benefit of having Danny was that he fought for talent and had enough respect in the org to get it. The questions will now be whether the new coach is able to cobble together units of similar or better talent.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:43 PM   #21
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Was he in charge when Randel El was here?

If so...horrible job from then to now with Banks.


I'd love to see Crawford take over return duties full time.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:45 PM   #22
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Brian Mitchell for special teams coach!!
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:20 PM   #23
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Brian Mitchell for special teams coach!!
no thank you. Just because a man was an outstanding player doesn't always translate to coaching, and with Mitchell's persona from TV, I can't see him transitioning to a positive force on the Skins staff.
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If we could do better than Smith, the Steelers would have pursued that guy instead of Smith. Our special teams play (especially coverage units) have been excellent for years. I would be surprised if we did not notice significant decline next year.

Obviously, Smith's love for Banks and Gano call into question is talent evaluation accumen. But you can't really question that he's a great ST coach .
all those block field goals and block in the back penalties on returns
2011-2012 season, and overall play the last few years, haven't been great.

guess if the league ask about him so much, I'm wrong again. but while I wish him well I'm not sad to see him go.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:46 PM   #25
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no thank you. Just because a man was an outstanding player doesn't always translate to coaching, and with Mitchell's persona from TV, I can't see him transitioning to a positive force on the Skins staff.
I second B-Mitch for ST Coach!

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Old 02-01-2013, 04:30 PM   #26
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Some good insight on Smith from John Keim's latest email report:

Danny Smithís departure

Ľ I know fans did not like Danny Smith much of the time, and I know the rankings suggested a unit that was mediocre. Iíve never been a big fan of special teams rankings because so much goes into special teams ó itís tough to blame a special teams coach for Billy Cundiffís misses, for example ó that are beyond any coachís control. The Redskins didnít always do the special teams many favors by keeping, for example, seven receivers who contributed nothing to special teams except for returner Brandon Banks. Who, it should be pointed out, contributed little.

It also didnít help last season that when Kedric Golston went down, backup offensive linemen (Erik Cook) could not block on special teams. A special teams coach has no choice but to play Cook because thatís who others want on the roster. Itís the way of life for pretty much every special teams coach.

In Pittsburgh, from what Iíve heard, Smith will have more input into the roster Ė getting one defensive player and one offensive player of his choosing. He did not have that sort of power in Washington. Part of the allure, too, was returning to his hometown, where his father still lives. Heís also good friends with general manager Kevin Colbert, knows coach Mike Tomlin and has worked with defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau in the past. Also, keep in mind that all his coaching friends in Washington were gone; Smith was the last of the Joe Gibbs II regime.

Ľ Thatís not to leave Smith blameless by any means, nor is it to blame any woes on other coaches. Ultimately your job is to produce a strong unit, and the Redskins were not a dominant special teams group. I get that. Other special teams coaches work under tough constraints. I get that, too. This year, the return game was not as productive, in part because Banks did nothing. The rest of the special teams were solid. The kick coverage was pretty good considering the line-drive kicks from Kai Forbath. I also know five blocked field goals is impossible to defend, even if you can explain each one.

Ľ But while fans were blasting Smith, other teams kept calling him to join their organization. There were a number that requested permission and were denied; a handful more would call to feel him out. And his players swore by him, too. Iíve covered a half dozen or so special teams coaches; none received the amount of respect Smith did from his players. To a man, they all talked about his attention to detail.

Ľ One person who worked with Smith in the past said of him, ďThere would be a parade of players walking into his office every day in the offseason or in season just to see how heís doing. Iíve never seen a coach get that much love from his players the way Danny does. And he doesnít covet it. Itís just the way his personality is and the way he phrases things that makes players buy in and follow him.Ē

Ľ Smith was nice to the media, but he was not always helpful, so any assertion that the media says nice things about him ó or simply adds balance to the conversation ó is because heís ďgood to usĒ is far from fact. In fact, his last group interview occurred in August, and he did one more early in the season with the Washington Post. After that? He avoided the press. A regular scene: After practices, when every other player and coach would walk past the media into the facility, Smith would walk 100 or so yards up a hill to a side entrance and avoid us all together. That never went over well.

Ľ Itís a bit different to lose two coaches to lateral moves (Ike Hilliard as receivers coach now in Buffalo) after such a good season and with a promising group. Thereís still no word yet as to who will replace either coach. Lorenzo Alexander endorsed special teams assistant Richard Hightower, but this would be his first time in charge. Whoever comes in wonít have a tough act to follow in the eyes of the fans. The players will view it differently.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:03 PM   #27
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Well this sums up the loss we lost. Let's hope Hightower or whoever else becomes our ST coach will be able to do well
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B-Mitch takes over from Richard Hightower and Richard Hightower get the nod.

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:08 PM   #30
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Hightower seems to be the favorite but he's no lock. He's a Kyle Shanahan guy. He helps Raheem out with the DBs as well
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