Larry Izzo was one of the most highly regarded special teams players in NFL history during his long career with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots.
He made three Pro Bowls for his work on coverage and return units.
Unfortunately, his on-field ability did not translate at all to the coaching arena. In his two seasons as special teams coach for the Houston Texans his coverage and return units were largely dreadful.
Per numerous sources including John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Izzo’s time in Houston is over.
Texans have reached a mutual parting of the ways with special teams coach Larry Izzo.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 2, 2018
A common, and valid, criticism of Izzo’s units was that they often appeared uncoordinated and undisciplined. With those being the two central tenets of his coaching responsibility, the 47-year-old became an easy victim of the coaching carousel.
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