David Lee named offensive coordinator

Perhaps third time will be the charm for David Lee. this will be Lee's third stint on the Arkansas staff, but first time he's been given complete control of the offense. Lee will coach quarterbacks and call the plans, Lee said after being named to Houston Nutt's staff.

David Lee is coming back as the quarterback coach and offensive coordinator, a combined job description he didn't own the first two times he coached at Arkansas. He said he's excited because of the things he's learned the last four years on the Dallas Cowboys staff with Bill Parcells.

Lee replaces Gus Malzahn. Malzahn left on Monday to become assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Tulsa.

"It's a new role," Lee said on a teleconference Wednesday. "It's something I've prepared for the last four years."

Lee was candid in his responses. He said it was fun to do an interview since Parcells does not allow coaches to do interviews.

He said he will work hard on fundamentals with his quarterbacks, but he said the key to the play of his offenses at Arkansas will be pass protection.

"We had 18 pass protection (schemes) with the Cowboys," Lee said. "It's like I saw a few weeks ago when Nick Saban came in here (with the Miami Dolphins). People are smart and they find ways to attack you. they figure you out so you better be able to protect. You can't have one or two pass protections.

"You have to take time working on (all of the pass protections) every day. That's what I learned."

Lee said it would be hard to pin down what he plans to do as an offensive scheme into one word. Multiple is what he seemed to be saying in his description.

"You look at the Cowboys or anyone else in the NFL and you will see two backs with a tailback and a fullback, one-back sets, H-back sets and no backs," he said. "You have to be multiple so people can't figure you out. You better keep changing and you better not settle into one thing.

"What I can tell you is that I've seen those backs at Arkansas. The beauty of the last four years is that I've learned a lot and you better be doing different things.

"I'm not stupid, though. I see that Arkansas has the best running back in America and they may have the second best. We are going to feed those two studs."

Lee said he has been trying to figure out his future with the Cowboys the last three days and it centered on the decision to keep coaching by Parcells since his contract is tied to the future of the head coach at Dallas. He finally got permission from Parcells to leave on Wednesday morning.

"I talked to Bill on Monday and he said he wasn't sure what he was doing," he said. "Then, on Tuesday, it was something different. He asked me to wait and to be patient and that he'd call Coach Nutt. This morning, it was no different. He said he needed one more day. I said, 'Coach, I need to go. I need to coach. I need to get back to what I want to do and that's coaching.'"

Fundamentals will be stressed with the quarterbacks.

"The biggest thing missing in the NFL is quarterback coaches who stress fundamentals," Lee said. "I think most quarterbacks' fundamentals deterioate whether it's in the NFL or college. I thought our quarterback at Dallas had his fundamentals slip. You are asking them to make funny throws from different angles, where he's leaning over protection, trying to slip the ball in here or there and you don't just do those things without the fundamentals slipping.

"You have to stress fundamentals all season long. I will do that. In 28 years of coaching, I've put nine guys in the NFL. Maybe that was just signed to go to camp, but one thing I believe in is fundamentals. I will keep coaching them."

He said he was always frustrated with Ken Hatfield's recruiting tactics at quarterback. He said Hatfield would usually settle on an active runner and then tell Lee to teach them how to throw.

"I would ask him to get this one who could throw and Ken would always say, 'I'm going to get one who can make you miss and you teach them."

Interestingly, Lee said his gift is "teaching how to throw. I can see the ball coming out of your hand and I can tell you what you did wrong. You can call Tony Romo and he'll tell you what we did to get his throwing motion fixed when he first came here as a rookie."

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