Commanders reached out to the new special teams coordinator. – reported Ben Standig from The Athletic last week that the team had hired Larry Izzo as their new ST coordinator.
Izzo won three Super Bowl rings and three Pro Bowl nominations as a special teams ace in New England, and joined the coaching ranks shortly after retiring. Before joining the Seahawks staff in 2018, he spent two years as the Texas special teams coordinator.
He spent the last six seasons in Seattle, half of which served as the team's special teams coordinator. Izzo units were among the top ten in the FTN DVOA ranking (subscription required) during each of his three seasons at the helm.
When Pete Carroll was in Seattle, his employees were free to look for work elsewhere. Izzo was a hot name in this recruiting cycle and ultimately ended up on Dan Quinn's staff in Washington.
More coaching notes from Washington…
- As he prepares for his first defensive coordinator job, Joe Whitt Jr. he adds some experience to his staff. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelisserothey hired Commanders Ken Norton Jr. as the new linebackers coach. The former Cowboys and 49ers star spent three years as the Raiders' defensive coordinator before spending four years leading the Seahawks defense. After being fired by Seattle following the 2021 campaign, he became UCLA's CEO.
- Commanders add on other defense issues Jan Pagano in an unknown role (via Benjamin Allbright of KOA Colorado) and Jason Simmons as defensive passing game coordinator (via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN). Pagano previously served as the Chargers and Raiders' defensive coordinator and most recently served as the Broncos' outside linebackers coach. Simmons spent nearly a decade on the Packers coaching staff and most recently served as the season ticket coordinator for the Panthers and Raiders. There were rumors about Simmons will join Washington's staff after Whitt is hired.
- On the offensive side of the ball, the Commanders are recruiting Bobby Johnson as offensive line coach, for Pelissero. The veteran coach has spent more than a decade coaching offensive players and offensive linemen, including the last two years as the Giants OLs coach. The commanders will also detain Tavita Pritchard as quarterbacks coach, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post.. Pritchard attracted interest from other teams, but brass insisted on keeping him after he impressed in meetings with Quinn and new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.
- Jhabvala walks by a handful of Commanders coaches who won't return in 2024: tight ends coach Todd Storm, game coordinator Juan Castillo, offensive line coach Travelle Wharton and senior defensive assistant/safeties coach Richard Rodgers.