Larry Izzo's on the job, already working to improve the Texans special teams unit.
The newly-hired coordinator comes to Houston from the New York Giants, where he spent the past five seasons as the team's assistant special teams coach. Bill O'Brien, who spoke with Texans Radio's John Harris earlier this week at the Senior Bowl practices, thinks highly of Izzo.
"Very impressive guy," the head coach said. "Looking forward to working with him."
Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Weeks was also very enthusiastic about Izzo. Weeks has a good impression of
Izzo, based on conversations with Giants Pro Bowl kicker Josh Brown and Giants quarterback Eli Manning, along with former Giants punter Steve Weatherford.
"Very excited to work for him," Weeks said. "I've heard a lot of good things about him. I've got to talk to Josh Brown here at the Pro Bowl about coaches. I got to talk to Weatherford. I got to talk to Eli a little bit about him. I'm really excited to play for him. I look forward to meeting him soon."
According to Manning, the hiring of Izzo is a great move by the Texans.
"A guy that's been with the Giants for a long time," Manning said. "Great special teams player in the NFL. Another great coach, and I know he'll do a great job."
Izzo played in high school at McCullough in The Woodlands, and then was a 3-year starter at Rice. He spent 14 years as a player in the NFL.
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