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Connect the dots? Browns hire Tyrod Taylor's QB coach from Buffalo

Tyrod Taylor, anyone?

The Cleveland Browns hired their quarterbacks coach Wednesday. He is David Lee, who spent the last two seasons with the Buffalo Bills, where he coached -- yes -- Taylor.

While this isn't college basketball, where the recruit's father can somehow wind up with a job at the school where the recruit decides to play, there are readily evident connectable dots here.

Taylor checks off almost every box of Browns coach Hue Jackson's requirements for a quarterback:

  • He's dependable. Taylor started 29 of 31 games for the Bills before being held out of the season finale for financial reasons.

  • He's accurate. Taylor completed 61 percent of his throws the last two seasons.

  • He protects the ball. He threw 12 interceptions in two seasons.

  • He gets in the end zone. He had 37 touchdowns passing and 10 running the last two seasons.

He has many of the same skills as Robert Griffin III, but he's a better pocket passer. Taylor is not Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger, but there is feeling in the league that he can win. At the least, he could be the "bridge" quarterback to a player the Browns draft -- if he becomes a free agent.

The Bills have to make a decision on Taylor, who per his contract is due $27.5 million in salary and bonuses this season. Buffalo also hired Rick Dennison, who advocated that the Denver Broncos acquire Taylor as Peyton Manning's replacement when Dennison was their quarterbacks coach. But if Taylor becomes a free agent, there is now a team out there that employs the coach who helped him improve the last two seasons.

Lee no doubt contributed to Taylor's success as a runner. He was the coach who brought the Wildcat offense to the NFL when he worked in Miami, and he could bring the option-style plays that Jackson likes to the Browns.

In his two seasons in Buffalo, Taylor averaged 5.7 yards per carry while not putting himself at extreme risk -- evidenced by the fact he did not get injured.

Would Taylor be the long-term answer? That's to be determined.

But when a team has a need for a quarterback, his analytics add up and he fits the style and requirements of the coach, it's foolish to dismiss the possibility that he joins that team -- especially when the team hires his previous quarterback coach.

The Browns and Taylor bear watching as free agency approaches.