Todd Downing to Remain Titans OC After Arrest on DUI Charge, Mike Vrabel Says

Erin WalshNovember 22, 2022

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 09: Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing during an NFL game at NRG Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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Todd Downing will continue to serve as offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans following his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and speeding on Nov. 18, head coach Mike Vrabel told reporters Tuesday.

However, Vrabel acknowledged Downing's status with the team could change pending the outcome of the legal process and the NFL's decision on a possible suspension.

Downing was arrested by Tennessee Highway Patrol early on Nov. 18, hours after the Titans' 27-17 win over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football at Lambeau Field.

The 42-year-old was stopped by an officer who said he observed Downing traveling at a high rate of speed. During the traffic stop, police said he "showed signs of impairment and the smell of an intoxicant" was emanating from his vehicle.

After the news of Downing's arrest broke, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams reminding them of the league's policy on alcohol consumption at team facilities, on buses and planes:

"In light of recent events, clubs are reminded that League policy prohibits alcoholic beverages, including beer, in the locker rooms, practice or office facilities, or while traveling on team buses or planes at any time during the preseason, regular season, or postseason. This applies to all players, coaches, club personnel, and guests traveling with your team.

"This policy has been in place for many years. Making alcohol available at club facilities or while traveling creates significant and unnecessary risks to the League, its players, coaches and others. Violations of this important policy will be taken seriously and will result in significant discipline.

"Each club should ensure that its travel arrangements do not include providing alcohol service at any time and should also take appropriate steps to confirm that alcohol (whether beer or any other alcoholic beverage) is not available at its facility. Please direct all further questions on this subject to Management Council or Football Operations."

The memo also came after Washington Commanders players appeared in social media posts drinking alcohol on the plane after their win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 14.

Downing is in his second season as offensive coordinator of the Titans. He took over the position after Arthur Smith was named head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

The Titans currently have the NFL's third-worst passing offense, averaging 165.4 yards per game. They have the league's 11th-ranked rushing offense, averaging 128.9 yards per game.


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