DAVIE, Fla. -- New Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland says the team moved quickly to hire David Lee as quarterbacks coach because of the job's importance, even though the head coaching position remains vacant.
Lee, who ran the offense and tutored the quarterbacks last season at Ole Miss, is a former Dallas Cowboys assistant.
"There was an urgency to find the right person to coach the most important position on the team," Ireland said in a statement. "We didn't want to lose the ability to add someone as talented as David to our staff, so when he became available, we had to move quickly to bring him on board."
"In order to be successful in this league, it is imperative to get the most out of the quarterback position," Ireland said. "To do that, you not only need the right quarterback, but the right quarterbacks coach.
"It is critical to hire someone who understands the position and can develop players there, and David has the ability to do that."
"Bill and I are very familiar with David from our time working together in Dallas, and he is an outstanding coach," Ireland said. "He has a blueprint for success in developing quarterbacks, and is widely recognized for his teaching and coaching acumen."
The Dolphins have tried 12 starters at quarterback since Dan Marino retired following the 1999 season. They used three starters last season -- Trent Green, Cleo Lemon and rookie John Beck -- en route to a 1-15 season.
Coach Cam Cameron was fired Jan. 3 after one season with Miami. Most of his staff was also fired, including quarterbacks coach Terry Shea.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press