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Steelers Announce Danny Smith As New Special Teams Coordinator


(Originally posted 1/30/13, 5:55 p.m.; Updated 1/30/13, 10:35 p.m.)

Danny Smith, who has served as the Washington Redskins’ special teams coordinator since 2004, will leave the team for the same position with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced Wednesday night.


A Pittsburgh native, Smith once coached defensive backs at Central Catholic High School in the city while Dan Marino was an upperclassman. He survived two coaching transitions after originally being hired by Joe Gibbs to coach special teams before the 2004 season.

Well-liked by his players and regarded highly around the league, Smith will replace Amos Jones, who left that role after one season to join new Arizona head coach Bruce Arians’ staff.

The Steelers asked for permission to interview Smith on Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Redskins obliged.

The Redskins currently have two openings on their coaching staff. Ike Hilliard, the former wide receivers coach, left for the same position with Buffalo two weeks ago.