Redskins’ Danny Smith to interview for Steelers’ special teams coaching job


Special teams coordinator Danny Smith with returner Brandon Banks during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

 

The Redskins have granted permission for their special teams coordinator, Danny Smith, to interview for the same job with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.

The interview is scheduled to take place this week, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the Redskins had not officially commented on granting Smith permission to interview.

Smith’s pending interview with the Steelers was first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Smith, a Pittsburgh native, was not immediately available to comment.

The Redskins declined to comment through a spokesman.

The Steelers are searching for a special teams coach after Amos Jones was hired by the Arizona Cardinals.

Smith has been with the Redskins since the 2004 season. The Steelers requested to interview him three years ago but were denied.

He received criticism early in the just-completed season when the Redskins had a pair of punts blocked, that on the heels of having a league-high five field goal attempts blocked during the 2011 season. The Redskins also had issues with their field goal kicking early this past season, as kicker Billy Cundiff struggled after being signed just before the season following a training-camp competition between Graham Gano and Neil Rackers.

But the Redskins’ special teams steadied themselves. The Redskins had no more punts blocked the rest of the season. Kicker Kai Forbath had a standout season after being signed to replace Cundiff, and Lorenzo Alexander was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl squad on special teams.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.

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