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Keith Burns from the Denver Broncos as reported by Pro Football Scoop.

WaPo article:


"The 40-year old Burns has been the assistant special teams coordinator for the Denver Broncos since 2007. Burns was a linebacker who played primarily on special teams under Mike Shanahan in Denver. Burns served as special teams captain and later coached under Shanahan."


ES Staff appended edit:


For Immediate Release

February 12, 2013


LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have hired Keith Burns as Special Teams Coordinator.

Burns, 40, spent the last six seasons as Assistant Special Teams Coach of the Denver Broncos after a 13-year playing career. From 2007-12, Burns worked with a unit that accumulated 10 combined punt and kickoff return touchdowns, tied for most in the AFC and second-most in the NFL. In that time period, the Broncos ranked fourth in the AFC and fifth in the NFL in punt return average (10.5 yards per return).

Last season, several specialists set Broncos franchise records under Burns’ guidance, as kicker Matt Prater set the single-season team record for scoring by a kicker (133 points) and punter Britton Colquitt broke the team record for net punting average for the second consecutive season (40.2 in 2011, 42.1 in 2012). Also, return specialist Trindon Holliday led the NFL with a 32.5-yard kick return average in addition to ranking fifth in the league with a 10.8-yard punt return average after being acquired by the Broncos off waivers on Oct. 11.

During his six seasons with the Broncos, five different players totaled eight AFC Special Teams Player of the Week awards.

As a player, Burns was a key member of the Broncos’ special teams unit in his 11 seasons in Denver, 10 of which were played under current Redskins Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan. In those 11 seasons, Burns led or tied for the team lead in special teams tackles seven times. For his entire NFL career, Burns played 197 games and totaled 231 special teams tackles, 77 defensive stops (50 solo), 1.5 sacks, one interception, three pass breakups and one forced fumble, in addition to helping the Broncos to victories in Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII.

“Keith was an excellent special teams player and a strong influence in the locker room for two Super Bowl championship teams,” Shanahan said. “I know our players will enjoy playing for him.”

Burns entered the NFL with Denver as a seventh-round choice (210th overall) in the 1994 NFL Draft after playing collegiately at Oklahoma State. Originally a native of Greeleyville, S.C., Burns attended T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va.

Burns was born on May 16, 1972.

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Interesting tidbit about Lorenzo and Burns meeting. Perhaps that was the deal breaker.

---------- Post added February-11th-2013 at 07:19 PM ----------

You bastage!! you beat me to it!! :mad: :ols:

We were just talking about Ken Burns in the newsroom and so I was momentarily confused. In any case, we all hope our special teams will be excelllent.

On a serious note, I'm kind of glad we got rid of Smith because of Forbath. Remember when Gano was onions or some of the other young kickers excelled when they first got here only to fall apart the next season? Smith had a knack for making kickers worse.

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On a serious note, I'm kind of glad we got rid of Smith because of Forbath. Remember when Gano was onions or some of the other young kickers excelled when they first got here only to fall apart the next season? Smith had a knack for making kickers worse.

I was fine with Forbath regardless of Smith. My issue was our Kick and Punt return game. He never seemed to get anything of note out of that area... With all of the the talent that have been available in the draft, the best we could do was ARE and friggin Banks? Just not acceptable..

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Usually our third rate kickers get signed by other teams and play better than they did here.

Just Suisham. And he was statistically one the best in franchise history. It was WHEN he missed the kicks that doomed him. As for the rest of them, where are they balling now?


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During six seasons assisting with the instruction of Denver’s special teams, Burns has worked with a unit that has accounted for 10 return touchdowns (6 punt return, 4 kickoff return) and three blocked kicks (2 punts, 1 extra point) in addition to posting the sixth-best punt return average (10.3 yds.) in the NFL. The Broncos also have posted the most touchbacks on kickoffs (194) in the league over that span

Hopefully we could boast in the same success under his watch.

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