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David Lee
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David Lee was named the Browns quarterbacks coach on Feb. 8, 2017.  Lee has coached 42 years on the college level (30) and in the NFL (12), including 10 seasons as the quarterbacks coach with the Bills (2012, 2015-16), Jets (2013-14), Dolphins (2008-10) and Cowboys (2005-06).

In the NFL, Lee has helped eight quarterbacks surpass the 3,000 passing yard plateau nine times, including Tyrod Taylor (3,023 in 2016 and 3,025 in 2015), Geno Smith (3,046 in 2014), Ryan Fitzpatrick (3,400 in 2012), Chad Henne (3,301 in 2010), Chad Pennington (3,653 in 2008), Drew Bledsoe (3,639 in 2005), Vinny Testaverde (3,532 in 2004) and Quincy Carter (3,302 in 2003). In 2008 with the Jets, Lee helped Pennington earn AFC Comeback Player of the Year, while finishing runner up for NFL MVP to Peyton Manning.

Lee broke into the NFL as an offensive quality control coach with Dallas in 2003 and added quarterback responsibilities from 2005-06. He helped develop Tony Romo who went from an undrafted free agent in 2003 to a Pro Bowl selection in 2006.

Lee spent the past two seasons as the quarterbacks coach in Buffalo, where he helped Tyrod Taylor become the first Bills quarterback to earn Pro Bowl honors (2015-16) since 2002. Taylor recorded the second-highest passer rating in Bills history (99.4) in 2015 and set a team record for rushing yards by a quarterback (580) in 2016. During his two years under Lee, Taylor ranked fifth in the league with an interception percentage of 1.5.

During his 30 years on the collegiate level, Lee served as head coach at the University of Texas El-Paso from 1989-93. He also had stops at Mississippi (2011, 1978-82), Arkansas (2007, 2001-02 and 1984-88), Rice (1994-00), New Mexico (1983), Vanderbilt (1977) and Tennessee-Martin (1975-76).

Lee was captain and quarterback at Vanderbilt and led the SEC in passing in 1974. He was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1974.

A native of Dexter, Mo. and Pensacola, Fla., Lee and his wife, Lynne, have four children.

David Lee’s Coaching Background:

1975-76           University of Tennessee-Martin, quarterbacks/wide receivers/tight ends coach
1977                Vanderbilt University, quarterbacks coach
1978-82           University of Mississippi, quarterbacks coach
1983                University of New Mexico, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
1984-87           University of Arkansas, quarterbacks/fullbacks coach
1988                University of Arkansas, offensive coordinator
1989-93           University of Texas El-Paso, head coach
1994-00           Rice University, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
2001-02           University of Arkansas, quarterbacks coach
2003-04           Dallas Cowboys, offensive quality control coach
2005-06           Dallas Cowboys, quarterbacks coach
2007                University of Arkansas, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
2008-10           Miami Dolphins, quarterbacks coach
2011                University of Mississippi, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
2012                Buffalo Bills, quarterbacks coach
2013-14           New York Jets, quarterbacks coach
2015-16           Buffalo Bills, quarterbacks coach
2017-               Cleveland Browns, quarterbacks coach

Lee’s NFL 3,000-yard passers                                                        

Player                         Team                       Year                Yards
Quincy Carter              Dallas Cowboys       2003                3,302
Vinny Testaverde        Dallas Cowboys       2004                3,532
Drew Bledsoe             Dallas Cowboys       2005                3,639
Chad Pennington         Miami Dolphins       2008                3,653
Chad Henne                Miami Dolphins       2010                3,301
Ryan Fitzpatrick          New York Jets         2012                3,400
Geno Smith                 New York Jets         2014                3,046
Tyrod Taylor               Buffalo Bills             2015                3,025
Tyrod Taylor               Buffalo Bills             2016                3,023

David Lee was named the Browns quarterbacks coach on Feb. 8, 2017.  Lee has coached 42 years on the college level (30) and in the NFL (12), including 10 seasons as the quarterbacks coach with the Bills (2012, 2015-16), Jets (2013-14), Dolphins (2008-10) and Cowboys (2005-06).

In the NFL, Lee has helped eight quarterbacks surpass the 3,000 passing yard plateau nine times, including Tyrod Taylor (3,023 in 2016 and 3,025 in 2015), Geno Smith (3,046 in 2014), Ryan Fitzpatrick (3,400 in 2012), Chad Henne (3,301 in 2010), Chad Pennington (3,653 in 2008), Drew Bledsoe (3,639 in 2005), Vinny Testaverde (3,532 in 2004) and Quincy Carter (3,302 in 2003). In 2008 with the Jets, Lee helped Pennington earn AFC Comeback Player of the Year, while finishing runner up for NFL MVP to Peyton Manning.

Lee broke into the NFL as an offensive quality control coach with Dallas in 2003 and added quarterback responsibilities from 2005-06. He helped develop Tony Romo who went from an undrafted free agent in 2003 to a Pro Bowl selection in 2006.

Lee spent the past two seasons as the quarterbacks coach in Buffalo, where he helped Tyrod Taylor become the first Bills quarterback to earn Pro Bowl honors (2015-16) since 2002. Taylor recorded the second-highest passer rating in Bills history (99.4) in 2015 and set a team record for rushing yards by a quarterback (580) in 2016. During his two years under Lee, Taylor ranked fifth in the league with an interception percentage of 1.5.

During his 30 years on the collegiate level, Lee served as head coach at the University of Texas El-Paso from 1989-93. He also had stops at Mississippi (2011, 1978-82), Arkansas (2007, 2001-02 and 1984-88), Rice (1994-00), New Mexico (1983), Vanderbilt (1977) and Tennessee-Martin (1975-76).

Lee was captain and quarterback at Vanderbilt and led the SEC in passing in 1974. He was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1974.

A native of Dexter, Mo. and Pensacola, Fla., Lee and his wife, Lynne, have four children.

David Lee’s Coaching Background:

1975-76           University of Tennessee-Martin, quarterbacks/wide receivers/tight ends coach
1977                Vanderbilt University, quarterbacks coach
1978-82           University of Mississippi, quarterbacks coach
1983                University of New Mexico, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
1984-87           University of Arkansas, quarterbacks/fullbacks coach
1988                University of Arkansas, offensive coordinator
1989-93           University of Texas El-Paso, head coach
1994-00           Rice University, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
2001-02           University of Arkansas, quarterbacks coach
2003-04           Dallas Cowboys, offensive quality control coach
2005-06           Dallas Cowboys, quarterbacks coach
2007                University of Arkansas, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
2008-10           Miami Dolphins, quarterbacks coach
2011                University of Mississippi, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
2012                Buffalo Bills, quarterbacks coach
2013-14           New York Jets, quarterbacks coach
2015-16           Buffalo Bills, quarterbacks coach
2017-               Cleveland Browns, quarterbacks coach

Lee’s NFL 3,000-yard passers                                                        

Player                         Team                       Year                Yards
Quincy Carter              Dallas Cowboys       2003                3,302
Vinny Testaverde        Dallas Cowboys       2004                3,532
Drew Bledsoe             Dallas Cowboys       2005                3,639
Chad Pennington         Miami Dolphins       2008                3,653
Chad Henne                Miami Dolphins       2010                3,301
Ryan Fitzpatrick          New York Jets         2012                3,400
Geno Smith                 New York Jets         2014                3,046
Tyrod Taylor               Buffalo Bills             2015                3,025
Tyrod Taylor               Buffalo Bills             2016                3,023

 

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