Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Gunnails, Mar 11, 2009.
Is this guy any good?
I heard the Jets want him.
He's done a lot of good.
He has been named in the Bonds steriod thingy just recently.
At the Pats' first Super Bowl parade, he led a chant of "Yankees suck!"
Does anyone have any memories of him making a play on D?
The only big defensive play I ever remember Izzo making was picking off Travis Brown of the Bills in the endzone to preserve the 31-0 shutout in the last game of the 2003 season. He's basically just a really good special teamer that hardly sees the field on D.
He picked off a pass in the EZ in the 2003 season finale to preserve a 31-0 shutout against the Bills. He's strictly a ST guy, the only reason he was playing defense was because it was 31-0.
BostonHerald.com - Blogs: The Point After Blog Archive Izzo signs with Jets
Veteran linebacker and special teams captain Larry Izzo has signed on to play with the New York Jets.
â€ťIâ€™d like to thank Mr Kraft, Coach Belichick, and the entire Patriots organization â€” coaches, staff and fans â€” for being so supportive during my 8 yrs in New England,â€ť Izzo wrote in an email. â€ťIt was an incredible honor to play with so many talented players who have become lifelong friends.
â€ťHaving spent my entire career in the AFC East, Iâ€™m very familiar with the Jetsâ€™ incredibly loyal, knowledgable and passionate fans and this is an amazing chance to work hard and make them proud.â€ť
The gap is,,,,,,about the same
He was a special teams ace.....he never really played on the regular defensive unit. Your getting a goos STer. Was a STs captain for us for many years
You left out part of his statement so I fixed it for you.
Oh, did I mention that he is also good a slinging the BS.
good special teams player.
the patriots didnt need him. with the amount of draft picks we have, we are going to have more than the normal amount of rookies on our roster, so Im sure we are planning to have them play special teams. the 1 dimensial players like Izzo, who only plays ST's, have to go and must be replaced by players who can play ST's and either offense or Defense.
Izzo was a great special teams player. Now is a good one. Never much of a LBer though. He will provide leadership on special teams for the Jets. I wouldn't expect him to be around the first four games though. I think he may be taking an unpaid vacation the month of September courtesy of Roger Goodell.
The other one I remember was the play immediately preceding Willie Mac grabbing him by the face mask and tossing him like a rag-doll.
Bet when he's mentioned in future Bonds stories he will be refereed to as "former-Patriot" as opposed to "current Jet"
Izzo is Dead To Me
Hey I resent that, I am not a criminal!
Relax, he said "mostly." 99% tops. You're a good egg.
Oh, absolutely. You hit that one on the head for sure
Good for Izzo. I'm glad he found a new home.
He has done good work with the USO and tours of the military in Afghanistan and Iraq. He seems to truly enjoy the outreach.
On the other hand, earlier in his career he was apparently linked to steroids, helping him bulk up to the 220-pound linebacker he is today.
He is not a fit in a traditional NFL defense, and has played on defense only a few times over his eight years here. His one role tended to be in the goal-line formation as a sixth linebacker, where he was up and down. He had one good play, and a few plays where he was barrelled over backwards into the endzone.
On special teams, he has been terrific over the years. However, as the Pats look at their LB depth, they have a lot of young linebackers who are developing on the regular defense, and play very good special teams as well. Woods has been a good special teams player. Guyton, with his speed, is very good. Redd and Crable should be good contributors as well.
We've discussed this before, and Izzo was really looking up at the Patriots depth chart, and that would probably only get worse as the Pats consider an OLB and ILB with their multiple draft picks.
Izzo is strictly a Special teams player. At least in the Pats 3-4 defense.
So who becomes the new "old-guard" on the ST?
I like this move (away from Larry) in that it frees roster space. It's good for Larry too as he won't likely have to uproot his family.
Times, they are a-changin'...
You got a very good but slowly fading ST warrior.
"Larry Okie" as he as affectionately known to fans here, was a ST only leader and ST captain and also a former ST pro bowler.
He was passed by Pierre Woods three years ago as the annual ST tackling champion. Last year BB brought in half a decade younger vet Sam Akins, the Bills renowned ST captain, to replace him, but Larry still held on to his job. Now he is yielding to the Pats youth movement, and lack of space for ST only players.
The Pats are just so totally deep; there is no longer room for this great, but ST only, warrior.
I think Jets fans will like him...a lot!
Roid head... NY is the perfect city for him to represent. :snob:
He must be a beast on STs, I find it strange that Izzo could hold a spot on the Pats roster for so long being that he was not versatile.
His main regret, besides leaving the Patriots, is that the Jets got rid of that section where women were berated into going topless or else. Izzo got there a year or two late.
I love it. Izzo leaves after giving everything to the Pats and the community, and some of you want to talk him down. All I can remember about him is the steroid thing also. Who cares about saving the Snow Bowl game with a fumble recovery on a fumbled punt, a win that pretty much sparked the three Super Bowl wins for our franchise.
Who really cares. The guy is tied in with Barry Bonds.
As much as I like Izzo, I think its good for the team that all of Bellichick's security blankets are getting taken away.
He was taking a spot that should have had a developemental guy in it.
Thank you everyone for the info/replies.
By all accounts a stand up guy. Does a bunch of charity events especially for military Veteran's. Very well liked in the locker room.
If you see him playing D your either up by 40 or the charter carrying your LB's went down.
A little long in the tooth and not as fast as he was but will still be up there in special teams tackles
Poor Izzo, going from the penthouse to the outhouse. Actually, I'm surprised he's still in the league. Seems like he was hanging on by his fingernails the last three or so years.
Correction: The Green Beans are from New Jersey, they have nothing to do with New York City.
well i guess since mangina is not there, its natural now he signs there. Like Kraft said hope he does good "but not against the NE PATS" good luck to him.
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