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George Godsey enters his first season with the Houston Texans in 2014, where he will serve as quarterbacks coach.
Godsey came to the Texans after three years with the New England Patriots, first as offensive assistant in 2011 and then as tight ends coach the past two seasons. It was in 2011 when he first coached on the same staff as Texans head coach Bill O’Brien who was the Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach that season.
In Godsey’s first season with the Patriots as offensive assistant in 2011, the team earned the top seed in the AFC with a 13-3 record and advanced to Super Bowl XLVI. New England led the AFC in scoring and ranked third in the NFL with 32.1 points per game, and ranked second in the NFL in total offense (428.0 yards per game). The past two seasons, he has guided the tight ends, including Rob Gronkowski who earned a spot in the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season with his team-leading 11 touchdowns in 11 games played. In 2013, Gronkowski, who played just seven games due to injuries, averaged a career-high 84.6 yards per game.
Prior to joining the Patriots, Godsey spent the previous seven seasons (2004-10) at Central Florida under head coach George O’Leary, who O’Brien coached with at Georgia Tech from 1995-01.
Godsey was the running backs coach in 2009-10 and the quarterbacks coach from 2005-08 after originally joining the staff as a graduate assistant in 2004. During his tenure there, UCF won two Conference USA titles as well as recording the team’s first 11-win season in school history in 2010 and first bowl victory that season with a 10-6 win over Georgia in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
In Godsey’s final season as running backs coach at UCF in 2010, the team finished with 36 rushing touchdowns to lead Conference USA. The previous season, the Knights rushed for 20 touchdowns, tying for its second-highest total in a decade at the time, after rushing for eight scores the year before. As quarterbacks coach for UCF, Godsey was pivotal in the development of Kyle Isreal and Steven Moffett, who finished seventh and sixth, respectively, in passing efficiency in school history.
Godsey played quarterback at Georgia Tech from 1998-01, where he first crossed paths with O’Brien, the running backs coach from 1998-00 and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2001. Godsey set the school record for career completion percentage (63.3) and ranks second in career passing efficiency rating (143.64). Godsey later went on to play one season in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and was part of the 2003 team that won the Arena Bowl title.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Godsey was born on Jan. 1, 1979 and hails from a strong football family. His father played football for Bear Bryant at Alabama, older brother played at the Air Force Academy and younger brother suited up at both quarterback and tight end for Notre Dame.
GODSEY’S COACHING LEDGER
2014: Quarterbacks, Houston Texans
2012-13: Tight Ends, New England Patriots
2011: Offensive Assistant, New England Patriots
2009-10: Running Backs, University of Central Florida
2005-08: Quarterbacks, University of Central Florida
2004: Graduate Assistant, University of Central Florida
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