Steelers hire Danny Smith as special teams coach
The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired longtime Washington Redskins
assistant Danny Smith as special teams coordinator.
Smith, a Pittsburgh native, spent the last nine seasons in the
same capacity with the Redskins. The 59-year-old Smith has spent 18
years in the NFL. Prior to joining the Redskins in 2004 he worked
with the Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles.
The Steelers were erratic on special teams in 2012. Kicker Shaun
Suisham had a career year, making 28 of 31 field goals. However,
the kick return and kick coverage units struggled at times.
Pittsburgh was ninth in kickoff return average but 28th in punt
The Steelers were 16th in kickoff return yardage allowed and
11th in punt return yardage allowed, but did give up a punt return
for a score in a 13-10 loss to Baltimore in November.