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George Godsey
Defensive Assistant – Special Projects

Biography

George Godsey joins the Lions coaching staff in 2017 following a two-year stint (2015-16) as the Houston Texans’ offensive coordinator and one season as the team’s quarterbacks coach in 2014. Prior to Houston, he spent three seasons with the New England Patriots, starting as an offensive assistant in 2011 before coaching the tight ends from 2012-13.

George Godsey joins the Lions coaching staff in 2017 following a two-year stint (2015-16) as the Houston Texans’ offensive coordinator and one season as the team’s quarterbacks coach in 2014. Prior to Houston, he spent three seasons with the New England Patriots, starting as an offensive assistant in 2011 before coaching the tight ends from 2012-13.

In Godsey’s two seasons at the helm of the Houston offense, the Texans claimed back-to-back AFC South Division titles and earned a win over Oakland in the AFC Wild Card round in 2016. In 2015, Houston became the only NFL team since 1950 to make the playoffs with four different starting quarterbacks winning at least one regular season game. QB Brian Hoyer led the way with a 5-4 record in nine starts and set single-season career highs in passer rating (91.4), completion percentage (60.7) and passing touchdowns (19).

Godsey entered the NFL ranks with the Patriots, first as an offensive assistant in 2011. That season, the team earned the top seed in the AFC with a 13-3 record and advanced to Super Bowl XLVI. From 2012-13 Godsey guided the Patriots tight ends, including Rob Gronkowski, who earned a spot in the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season with his team-leading 11 touchdowns and 11 games played.

After beginning his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Central Florida in 2004, Godsey went on to spend the next six years with the program, working directly with the quarterbacks for four seasons (2005-08) and running backs for two (2009-10). In his final season as Golden Knights’ running backs coach in 2010, the team finished with 36 rushing touchdowns to lead Conference USA.

A native of Tampa, Fla., Godsey was a quarterback at Georgia Tech from 1998-2001 before going on to play one season for the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm. While at Georgia Tech, he set the school record for career completion percentage (63.3) and ranks second in career passer rating (143.6).

GODSEY’S COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions................................................................ 2017-

      Defensive Assistant-Special Projects...................... 2017-

Houston Texans.......................................................... 2014-16

      Offensive Coordinator.............................................. 2015-16

      Quarterbacks........................................................... 2014

New England Patriots................................................. 2011-13

      Tight Ends............................................................... 2012-13

      Offensive Assistant................................................. 2011

Florida Central............................................................. 2004-10

      Running Backs........................................................ 2009-10

      Quarterbacks........................................................... 2005-08

      Graduate Assistant.................................................. 2004

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