"In order to be successful in this league, it is imperative to get the most out of the quarterback position," said new Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said in a team-released statement. "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. He has a blueprint for success in developing quarterbacks, and is widely recognized for his teaching and coaching acumen.
"There was an urgency to find the right person to coach the most important position on the team. 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."
Lee joins the Dolphins after agreeing to follow Houston Nutt to the University of Mississippi.
With the Cowboys, Lee started as the team's offensive quality control coach and added the title of quarterbacks coach in 2005. In Lee's four years in the post, three different Cowboys quarterbacks threw for 3,000 yards in a single season, while a fourth, Tony Romo, went from being an undrafted college free agent in 2003 to a starter in 2006.
Overall, Lee possesses 29 years of experience at the collegiate level, including five as a head coach, when he served in that role at Texas-El Paso from 1989-93.
As a player, Lee was a three-year letterman as a quarterback at Vanderbilt (1972-74), Lee was the team captain and the most valuable player as a senior in 1974 when he helped the Commodores to a record of 7-3-2, including a 24-10 upset win over No. 5-ranked Florida, and led the SEC in passing.
In Lee's final two years there, Parcells served as Vanderbilt's defensive coordinator.