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Texans hire Larry Izzo as special teams coach

JACKSONVILLE, F - FEBRUARY 6:  Linebacker Larry Izzo #53 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida.  The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Firing his special teams coach was one of Bill O’Brien’s first offseason moves, and he’s dipped back into his Patriots past to fill the job.

The Texans announced they had hired Larry Izzo as special teams coordinator, along with Sean Ryan as wide receivers coach and the previously reported Anthony Weaver as defensive line coach.

Izzo was one of the top special teams players in the league for the Patriots in the early 2000s, earning three Pro Bowl appearances along with three Super Bowl rings.

O’Brien was an assistant in New England during Izzo’s final two years as a player.

For the last five years, Izzo was an assistant special teams coach with the Giants. Ryan was also on Tom Coughlin’s staff there, alternating between coaching quarterbacks and wide receivers.

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8 Responses to “Texans hire Larry Izzo as special teams coach”
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:24 PM

    Wow great hire !

    Very nice to see players like Vrabel and Izzo go into coaching.

  2. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 22, 2016 2:33 PM

    That’s one guy the players will know isn’t just talking. O’Brien has certainly been bringing in guys with a pedigree to instill a winning culture. It’s a far cry from letterman jackets, will be interesting to see how it translates. Still need a QB though

  3. piratefreedom says: Jan 22, 2016 2:42 PM

    I don’t recall Belichick gushing over Izzo’s football IQ the way Belichick did with Vrabel but Izzo was a great special teamer when he was with the Pats.

  4. bbfe says: Jan 22, 2016 2:49 PM

    Not only was he a great special teams player, but he was also good in the community. He did charity work, and he was the player at all the events. Good guy, and I think he will end up being a great coach.

    (and I know, most players like to keep the work they do outside of football quiet, but he is a good guy).

  5. Unchained81 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:29 PM

    Patriots West

  6. Patskrieg says: Jan 22, 2016 3:43 PM

    Izzo getting the gameball from Belichick for taking a stealth dump on the sidelines is the stuff of legends. Respect.

  7. graylingskies says: Jan 22, 2016 4:50 PM

    Patriots South. There, fixed it for ya.

  8. gerard33 says: Jan 22, 2016 5:19 PM

    The Pats ripoff thing doesn’t work.

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