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LA Chargers: 3 options to replace George Stewart as special teams coordinator

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 05: Assistant special teams coach Larry Izzo looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 05, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 05: Assistant special teams coach Larry Izzo looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 05, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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3. Larry Izzo

Larry Izzo would be an absolutely wonderful signing by the LA Chargers but he checks in third on this list because of the situation around his job. There is a chance that he becomes the special teams coordinator in Seattle and if he does get that job full-time then there is no reason for him to leave a contender for the LA Chargers.

It all depends on what happens with Brian Schneider. Schneider is the team’s special teams coordinator and has been since Pete Carroll took over the coaching staff. Schneider is Carroll’s guy and as good as Izzo is he is not replacing Schneider.

However, Izzo has acted as the special teams coordinator this season with Schneider taking a leave away from the team. No timetable has been provided but this far into the season we can assume that perhaps he is sitting out the 2020 season.

Regardless, this could put Izzo in an interesting spot where he has a really good season as the Seahawks’ special teams coordinator but then gets relegated next year. That is right when the LA Chargers should swoop in with a job offer.

Izzo was a fundamental part of the New York Giants’ coaching staff in the early 2010s and really helped turn the Giants’ special teams unit around. He spent five seasons there as a special teams assistant before spending two seasons as the special teams coordinator in Houston. He has been with Seattle since 2018.

Izzo doesn’t just have a great coaching pedigree but he has a great playing pedigree as well. Izzo was a fantastic special teams player during his career and was even named an All-Pro in 2004 with the New England Patriots.

Next. Was trading Desmond King a mistake?

He has firsthand experience on an elite special teams unit, has firsthand coaching experience and would be an excellent hire for the LA Chargers.

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