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By Michael Widlanski
Leveling the battlefield to aid terrorists enables evil to fight on
Topic - Keith Burns
30 Questions: The Redskins' performance on special teams last year was atrocious. With a new coach they have nowhere to go but up but how good can they be?
A New Hampshire man has pleaded guilty in federal court to trying to solicit a 13-year-old girl to produce pornographic images of herself.
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.
Darrel Young stood in a corner of the locker room underneath AT&T Stadium that reeked of sweat, stale air and defeat. Every few seconds, he slapped the side of his navy suit for emphasis because the words, really, didn't seem adequate to describe the Redskins not-so-special teams.
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.
"[Shanahan] basically turned the organization around because he had a plan, he stuck to his plan, and three years later we were Super Bowl champions," said Washington special teams coordinator Keith Burns, who played 10 years for Shanahan in Denver, including both Super Bowl seasons. "He's owed a lot of credit for that because he was actually there when it all started."
"I understand it from a players' perspective, because when you're so used to being in one system for so many years, it's part of it," Burns told reporters. "I've played in five different special teams systems. I've coached in three different special teams systems, so I've always taken a little part from each and I'm bringing it here to Washington."