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Hire Danny Smith (GUEST POST)

Michael McElroy (@mikeyvanilli) won our Predictions contest yet again, so he gets another guest post. We don’t endorse this whatsoever!

This post may be the most un-Mr.Irrelevant post ever submitted. Actually, scratch that, some dude was just writing about how much he loved the Cowboys, so I think I’m safe.

Either way, the Skins should hire Danny Smith, and this is why: The Skins have tried just about every type of head coaching hire in the Dan Snyder era. Let’s recap:

1. The “Interim Coach”

Poor Terry Robiskie wasn’t HC long enough for me to write a full sentence abo

2. The “Old School Coach”

Marty Schottenheimer was a mean man who made his players run extra laps at the end of practice and scary stuff like that. He was like Tom Coughlin before Tom Coughlin became the fun-grandpa that he is today. But Marty picked on the greatest Redskin of the past 20 years and for that most of us will hate him forever.

3. The “College Legend”

Steve Spurrier brought us the Fun & Gun, which seemed like it was gonna be really awesome, until we realized that Spurrier’s “gun” was kind of like wielding a dollar-store water pistol when all of your friends have super-soakers.

4. The “Return to Glory”

Two moments will always stick with me as a young D.C. sports fan. I will always remember where I was when I found out that Michael Jordan was hired to help run the Wizards, and when I heard that Gibbs would be returning to coach the Redskins. And they both worked out … kind of … if you consider playoff-type situations to be working out. Either way, we can’t go this route again because none of our other great coaches are alive anymore.

5. The “Guru Coordinator”

Ok, so “coordinator” may be a bit of a misnomer here, but I think Jim Zorn was technically the team’s OC for a few weeks. Unfortunately, all of the slip ‘n’ slides in the world couldn’t keep Jason Campbell from looking like an octopus falling out of a tree when he slid, and no bingo-callers could help Zorny choose the right plays on Sunday, so, nice guy that he was, he was a failure.

6. The “Veteran Head Coach”

In Denver, Mike Shanahan was a solid coach who won Super Bowls and collected 1,000-yard running backs like Pogs. With us, well, he found a pretty great Slammer in Alfred Morris, but not quite as many Super Bowl wins. Oh, and he broke RGIII. Go fishing with your son, motherf***er!

So that brings us to lucky No. 7. In my opinion, we’ve tried nearly type of head coach, every type except …

The Special Teams Expert!

Danny Smith:

A) Seems like a nice guy. (Shanny seemed like a D-bag.)

B) Is good at clock management. (Reports always said that he was in charge of clock management for Zorn and Shanny.)

C) Actually wants to be here, which is crazy, because why would anyone want to coach this franchise?

So that’s why I, a random Skins fan whose opinion is probably in no way reflected by the editors of Mr. Irrelevant, am endorsing Danny Smith for Head Coach ’14.

Oh wait, it has just come to my attention that Danny Smith drew up this play. I take it all back.

The Danny Smith Paradox

For some reason, I decided that what the world really needed was thousands of words about Danny Smith. Jamie was nice enough to publish them here.

Arguments about the NFL tend to involve subtle gradations. The question of if Eli Manning or Joe Flacco is “elite” can occupy a nearly infinite number of segments on sports talk radio. Despite the fact that “elite” as a concept isn’t actually objective or even quantifiable, fans, pundits and (occasionally) players will spend endless hours fine-slicing gradations of “really good” to decide whether a player has earned the imaginary right to use a particular adjective.

Which makes the case of former Redskins special teams coordinator Danny Smith somewhat bizarre, because it requires virtually no fine-slicing whatsoever: There are the people who feel that Smith has been a terrible special teams coach, people who think he’s one of the best at his position and folks who try to walk the (admittedly enormous) line in between.

And, not to overgeneralize, but those three categories can respectively be split pretty cleanly into fans, NFL players (and decision-makers) and media members. What’s more, each group can make a pretty compelling argument in support of their point of view.

Still, it seems impossible that all parties involved can be correct. So I figured I’d talk to each faction and see if I could figure out if there’s some core truth underneath all the impassioned rhetoric.

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This Is The Best News Of The Offseason For Redskins Fans

Should you disagree with the headline, here are Redskins special teams rankings during Danny Smith’s tenure, according to Football Outsiders DVOA:

2012: 27th
2011: 21st
2010: 25th
2009: 23rd
2008: 25th
2007: 16th
2006: 11th
2005: 9th
2004: 31st

Meaning, Redskins special teams haven’t been top-20 in six years and have an average ranking of 21 with Smith in charge. So, yeah, PSGO.

DMV: The Most Pats-Skins Thing Since Andre Carter Got 10 Sacks

Report: NE tried out three recently failed Skins kickers. [Capital Games]

DeAngelo Hall will be fined but not suspended. Or cut. [The Insider]

A long list of all of D. Hall’s foolishness as a Redskin. [Krem's Sports]

RGIII gave socks to trick-or-treaters at his house on Halloween. [Bog]

Just a little anecdote about RGIII being totally awesome. [Burgundy Blog]

LaRoche, Sean Burnett declined options, are now free agents. [Nats Journal]

Projecting Maryland’s lineup for the opener vs. Kentucky. [Testudo Times]

Steinz has all of the best D.C. sports Halloween costumes for you. [Bog]

Comcast SportsNet has hired a new reporter/anchor, Nicole Darin. [Bog]

What If the Redskins Just Made Their Field Goals Against Dallas?

The NFC East standings are not pretty. Dallas is 8-6, which is about right. The Giants are 7-7, which is hilarious. Philly is 6-8, trying to salvage their “Dream Team” season. And the Skins are 5-9, erased from the playoff picture.

But what if, as JMU Sports Blog’s Todd Davis suggested in Redskins-Giants Predictions, Graham Gano had converted his field goals against the Cowboys? The Redskins lost the first Dallas game by two points, a game in which a 36-yard attempt was botched by a Sav Rocca muffed snap. And the Redskins lost the second Dallas game in OT by three points, a game in which Gano missed 49- and 52-yard attempts.

Let’s just pretend he makes those kicks, or at least two of those kicks, and all else remains equal. Here’s what the NFC East standings would look like:

1. Redskins (7-7 with the head-to-head tiebreaker over New York)
2. Giants (7-7)
3. Eagles (6-8 with the head-to head tiebreaker over Dallas)
4. Cowboys (6-8)

This is silly, I know, but it also illustrates the thin line between a division championship and infinite sadness. Plus it gives us another excuse to say, “Fire Danny Smith.”