Special teams for the Denver Broncos last season was, well, special. Ex-Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan took notice and recruited his former player and assistant coach over to the Washington Redskins.
According to Mike Jones and Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the Redskins have reached an agreement with special teams assistant Keith Burns. This will be Burns’ first job as a head position coach.
Burns was with the Broncos for six seasons, first as a special teams assistant, then as a coaching assistant, and then as the assistant special teams coach.
Before his coaching days, Burns played in the NFL for 13 years with 11 of those seasons coming as a Bronco. He was a celebrated special teams player, and entered the league as a seventh-round draft pick in 1994 out of Oklahoma State University. Burns played in 197 career games, and totaled 231 special-teams tackles as well as 77 career defensive stops, 1.5 sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble.
Burns helped the Broncos earn three AFC West titles, and he was a key member of the Broncos Super Bowl teams in 1997 and 1998.
As a coach, Burns has worked with units that have accounted for 10 touchdown returns, and three blocked punts. He’s coached five players who have totaled eight AFC Special Teams Player of the Week awards.
“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.” – The Washington Post
Burns is well-deserving of this coaching promotion, and should do very well with the Redskins. Best of luck to one of the most loyal Broncos of all time.