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Redskins Hire Former Bronco Keith Burns as New Special Teams Coach
- Updated: February 11, 2013
The Washington Redskins have found a replacement at special teams coach. Former Denver Bronco Keith Burns is next in line.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is the person who gave Burns his first coaching gig (assistant special teams coach) after a career as a player for Shanahan. Burns has been an assistant coach for Denver for the past 6 seasons. The position opened up when long-time special teams coach Danny Smith left to take the same position in Pittsburgh.
Burns is a Virginia native and went to T.C. Williams high school in Alexandria.
He was quoted in 2007 about his thoughts on special teams.
“[Special teams] is all about want-to, and that’s all special teams is about,” Burns said. “If you want to get the job done, you’ll get it done. You’ve got some guys out there that forever reason, felt they were doing their job, but if you go back and look at film, you need to be at where you’re supposed to be at — bottom line. “Everybody has to be accountable on special teams, because we don’t get second down, third down, fourth down. We get one down, and that’s that down on that given play, so you’ve got to go out there and do what is expected of you to make a play and get the guy down.”
He also once said of playing special teams, “I enjoy doing what I do. Football is a young game and at the same time, I am young at heart and that is the feeling that I have always had coming into training camp.”
Burns is expected to be announced as the new special teams coach on Tuesday.