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Friday, June 24, 2011
Giants will add Izzo to special teams staff

By Ohm Youngmisuk

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.