Giants will add Izzo to special teams staff

June, 24, 2011
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The New York Giants are trying to improve their special teams and they are looking to a former Jet and Patriot for help.

Larry Izzo -- a 14-year special teams specialist with the Dolphins, Patriots and Jets –- will be added to Tom Coughlin’s staff as the special teams assistant coach once the lockout ends. A source confirmed the hiring, which was first reported by the Newark Star-Ledger.

Izzo will replace Thomas McGaughey, who left earlier this year to take a position on the LSU coaching staff.

Izzo last played in 2009 for the Jets. He was placed on injured reserve that season with a herniated disk in his neck.

The special teams ace won three Super Bowls with the Patriots and appeared in three Pro Bowls as well. He should help a special teams unit that struggled last season with coverage at times. The Giants finished second-to-last in kickoff returns and tied for last in punt returns as well.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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