The Houston Texans have found their new special teams coordinator in Larry Izzo. The interview took place on Wednesday of this past week and was the Texans target from the start when the position came open.
Izzo has been the New York Giants assistant special teams coach for the past five seasons and helped the Giants to the second ranked special teams unit according to Football Outsiders. (See Here) The Texans ranked dead last in special teams according to Football Outsiders. Izzo has spent his entire coaching career with the Giants and this will be his first coordinator position.
It is a homecoming for Izzo after agreeing to terms with the Texans. Izzo returns back to Houston where he played his college football at Rice University. Plus, Izzo is reunited with some familiar faces after playing for the New England Patriots eight seasons. Izzo won three Super Bowls with the Patriots as the key special teams player. Izzo played for 14 seasons in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins (1996-2000), New England Patriots (2001-2008) and New York Jets (2009).
Izzo replaces former special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky who struggled to make a change for a special teams unit over the past season and a half.