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Latest Danny Smith Items
The former Washington coach wrote a little-known book about how to coach special teams, and if anyone could use the words of wisdom of George Allen, it is Mike Shanahan and his Redskins squad.
Two of the Redskins' top special teams players are done for the season. Reserve linebacker Bryan Kehl sustained a torn ACL in his left knee in the second quarter, and longtime long snapper Nick Sundberg tore the meniscus in his right knee.
For all the agony Smith puts his vocal chords through on the practice field, it never deserts him when he's got a whistle around his neck and a football in his hands. Then, almost magically, the rasp is replaced by a steady roar that thunders off the dormitories at Saint Vincent College.
With longtime special teams coach Danny Smith and captain Lorenzo Alexander gone, it's up to new coach Keith Burns to rearrange the remaining pieces for the Redskins.
Overall, coach Mike Shanahan lived up to his word. The Redskins mostly remained idle, limited by having only $3 million or so of salary cap space because of their $18 million cap penalty.
To Richard Crawford, it was so simple. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told him Friday he'd be replacing Brandon Banks on punt returns, so he got his mind right and prepared.
Brandon Banks spent part of his bye week in the film room with Danny Smith because something is not right. The Washington Redskins' return specialist has not been the explosive player he showed flashes of being in the past. Banks says he's carrying a right hip injury that likely will require surgery in the offseason – but that's not the whole problem.
Trent Williams tried. After leaving Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on the Washington Redskins' second offensive play from scrimmage with a right knee injury, the left tackle attempted to come back.
Lorenzo Alexander has heard fan criticism directed toward special teams coordinator Danny Smith this week after the Washington Redskins had punts blocked in each of their first two games.